You Say Tomato, I say Tommotto!

Tomato, tommotto, the same thing right!

This year our little thumbs turned a lil green, we are proud to say we can grow things! Tomatoes are in abundance over here in this yard, as well as jalapeños, that will be for another post! I have quickly discovered you can pickle/can tomatoes, and make wonderful dishes like this Gruyere Tomato Tart I am about to share with you!

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Thanks to the Food Network Magazine subscription, I tried this tasty dish on the weekend. It was a HIT! I am glad I made 2 of them for our family dinner of 7.

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I used a variety of our cherry tomatoes plus our larger variety tomato. Along with our fresh herbs, it was beautiful to look at and tasty in our mouths. I highly recommend trying this, and change up the cheeses bit, I added a spicy cheese!

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Have I got your mouth watering yet!?

Here is the simple recipe!

Roll out 1 thawed puff pastry sheet in to a 10 x 14 inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface; transfer to a  parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups grated gruyere cheese, leaving a 2-inch border on the long sides. Top with 4 sliced crumbled cooked bacon, 3 thinly sliced tomatoes, 2 teaspoons thyme leaves, 1/2 tsp salt and a few grinds of pepper. Fold in long sides; cut vents in the pastry. Fold in 1/2 inch of the short ends, pinching to seal. Brush the pastry with 1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water. Bake at 400 until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

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Peachy Sunday

Ahhhh Sundays in the summer, I love them! Living in beautiful British Columbia, summers are wonderful for our fresh fruit. I have had it on my mind for a while now to make a peach pie. and I had come across many recipes while scrolling through Pinterest. When someone asks me about Pinterest, 2 words, Life Changing!

I am crazy about my recipe book Butter Baked Goods, it has the best recipes, and is my go to for the pie crust recipe. I don’t believe in store bought crusts!If you follow my on Instagram, I mentioned that I would share my Peach Pie recipe that I used today. Of course, I think that I always need to double my recipes, I really need to remember that it’s just the 2 of us now!

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There is something about vintage Corning Ware that I just love!

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Here is the link for the recipe I used today, it was a bit runnier than I anticipated, I would perhaps add 2 more Tbsp of cornstarch to the recipe.

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What do you like to make with peaches!?

Fresh Strawberry Heaven!

This time of year gets me very excited with all the wonderful berries that are coming in to season. I start researching well in advance as to what I can make that’s new with the local berries that are coming out.

Today was the first trip of 2015 to the strawberry patch! Today little bird and baby bird came with me to get some berries. After a recommendation, we decided to try a new berry patch, Krause Farms in Aldergrove. We arrived around 10 am, and the parking lot was nearly full, so of course a little panic set in, are there any berries left!?

Lucky for us there were!  Although it was somewhat picked over, we did manage to pick what we needed. IMG_7848IMG_7857

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Once I got home, it was time to make something yummy for dessert with the strawberries. I am always wanting to try new recipes, and I hit the jackpot on this one. I found this cute little blog that has everything on it that I love! Here is a link to her recipe for the Strawberry Pie. Of course it said you could use a store bought pie shell, but that is kind of against my baking religion! I resort to my old stand by recipe from Butter Baked Goods for a pie shell. Of course I use Rogers flour, I have to support where papa bird works!

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I must say, if you have fresh strawberries handy, try this recipe, it is delicious and simple. Papa bird who doesn’t like pies, really enjoyed it!!!

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If you have a favourite berry recipe, please share!!!

Butter Baked Goodness!

We are going to be hit with a cold front the weather man tells us, this coming week. It’s hard to believe as I look outside, it’s clear and autumn looking. I guess it is December 28th, it is winter!

When I hear cold weather is coming, my insides are excited, this means wearing cozy slippers, blankets wrapped around me and reading a  good book (preferably a cook book) and making soup! I have this love of making homemade soup. Like I mentioned, it’s December 28th, so with the leftover hambone from Christmas, I made my first ever pea soup. Pea soup has always kind of scared me, it is green, thick and has PEAS!!! I have always told myself that I do not like peas, really, I have not given them a fair shake. Also with the turkey carcass, on the stove top right now is a turkey noodle soup.

Well we can’t have a soup without a scone or a biscuit, so immediately I went to my Butter Baked Cookbook, that I am absolutely in love with. I wish I could give it to everyone as a gift, but the banker tells me I can’t! Instead I will share the link with you, and tell you that this book is AMAZINGSAUCE!!!

The fragrant smell of my soup is accompanied with the wonderful smell of the Apple Bacon Cheddar Scones today.  This recipe must be tried by all of you!

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The bacon used today was scrumptious, who doesn’t enjoy bacon!

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Margarine is something you will NOT find in my kitchen. I decided about 5 years ago that this was something that does not belong in my fridge. Growing up my mother was not much of a baker, and I never recall seeing actual butter in our house. I remember that there was always a tub of Country Crock, which I think is a cheap version of margarine.

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Once your dough is mixed, it will feel a little wet and sticky, but that is the way it should feel. Transfer to a flour surface and roll out. It really is a beautiful sight!

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Once the egg wash and cheese have been put on the cut pieces, in to the oven it goes.

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Voila, here are the finished products, and they are soooo yummy!!

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I also just had to add a picture of the turkey soup that is on my stove top right now, it too smells AMAZING!

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I would love to hear about some of your favourite winter recipes!

Keep Calm and Bake a Pie!

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Apple pie, yes there is nothing more yummy than that ultra perfect apple pie, warm from the oven. I will be the first to admit, I kind of have an obsession with recipes and good recipe books. So when I come across a recipe I have tried and am a huge fan of, I just want to share it with the world! Not too long ago I came across this recipe book that I am absolutely in LOVE with! Rosie Daykin opened a tiny bakery back in 2007 in Vancouver and named it Butter Baked Goods, which is the name of the book. Rosie has put out her first recipe book of nostalgic recipes, and is working on her second. Every recipe is simple and easy to follow. I have made many things already out of this book, and trust me, it’s a 10/10 book, a must have for every kitchen!

My daughter who is not a baked goods lover, rants and raves about this Good Ol’ Apple Pie!

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