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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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!

Connected….

When you say the word connected, what comes to mind…. I looked up in the dictionary the word connected, and this is what I found :

connected
[kuh-nek-tid] Spell Syllables
Synonyms Examples Word Origin
adjective
1. united, joined, or linked.
2. having a connection.
3. joined together in sequence; linked coherently:
connected ideas.
4. related by family ties.
5. having social or professional relationships, especially with influential or powerful persons.
6. Mathematics. pertaining to a set for which no cover exists, consisting of two open sets whose intersections with the given set are disjoint and nonempty.

This past year I had a friend move away. Our girls grew up together playing sports, attending school together, going to Sparks and Brownies, and we became friends. Life was just so busy, I use as a poor excuse, to give 100% to this friendship. Since her move, we have communicated so much more, emailed, Instagrammed and texted. I ask myself, WHY, why did I not put more in to this friendship when she was here. I feel this connection to her, our values, what makes our hearts smile, loving the simple things in life, such as a vine growing up a building or a piece of driftwood! I do miss her, but am so happy for her and this journey she is on with her family.

I would like to share with you some of the ‘simply happy’ ‘make me heart smile’ things she has shared with me!

I think partly too I love that she is also a foodie !!!

Her recipe for Pesto looks amazing and I cannot wait to make it, I may this weekend!!! I would like to share it with you all :

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2 cups basil leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts ( taste 1st as they may be off )
1/4 cup olive oil – good stuff
2 garlic cloves
1/4 tsp salt ( I use Maldon )
1/4 tsp ground pepper
Only add Parmesan when using in recipe.

Place in glass jars. Leave enough room to add 1/4 ” olive oil on top to prevent oxidation.
Always keep topped with oil before putting back in fridge.

You can also freeze in ice cube trays.
This recipe makes 1 full tray.
Then place a few cubes in small zip lock bags.
Again do not add Parmesan until you use the pesto.

She also recommended this amazing show on PBS called A Chef’s Life. I am absolutely in love with this show, here is the link.

Keeping it short and sweet, but life is short, let the ones know who are loved by you!!!!