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Tomato Bruschetta Recipe Recipe

Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

07.19.12 by Jackie

Though my intention in making these mini bruschetta was to provide a healthy and appealing snack for kids, they aren't the only ones who'll enjoy these tasty treats! My husband Lulu, who at times acts like a kid himself, greatly appreciated them too. But really, who could resist garlic-rubbed toasted bread topped with a mixture of chopped ripe tomatoes, fresh garlic, fresh basil, black pepper and extra-virgin olive oil? All you really need are fresh, quality ingredients and little helpers to assemble them!

This is another recipe that I prepared with Lilea from California Lavash a while back. If you'd like to try some delicious bread from California Lavash, Pham Fatale will be hosting a giveaway soon. Stay tuned!


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Tomato Crostini with Anchoiade Recipe

Tomato Crostini with Anchoiade

07.16.12 by Jackie

After Mike from New West KnifeWorks sent me their 9-inch Chef Fusionwood knife, I went on a crazy chopping spree. Just like many of their knives, which are, by the way, all manufactured here in the US, this Chef knife is pretty nifty. I chopped a tomato medley (Heirloom peach tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, sweet 100 and San Marzano tomatoes) with a few grapes from our garden. With the razor-sharp blade, I was able to comfortably cut all the fruits. I quickly sautéed them in garlic with roasted green bell peppers and sweet peppers that my husband Lulu planted several months ago. I used the mixture as a topping for crostini and finished them with Manzanilla green olives wrapped in anchovies. 

New West KnifeWorks is giving away a block set of 7-piece Fusionwood knives (a $995 value!) and you have a chance to win. Sign up for the contest through August 13th to win one of the 7-piece block sets on Facebook and Twitter. You can also register on New West KnifeWorks' microsite. Good luck!


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Crimini Mushroom Tart with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

Earlier this week, Kris from Full Circle offered to let our family try out their farm-to-table delivery service. This evening right after yoga class, I received our first harvest order and I couldn't wait to cook with these farm-fresh ingredients. My husband Lulu harvested ripe tomatoes from our garden and it couldn't have been a nicer coincidence than to pair them with the crimini mushrooms and green onions that were in the Full Circle container. I cooked the onions and mushrooms in freshly-made beet juice and roasted the tomatoes in garlic and fresh thyme. I didn't have any pastry dough in the freezer so I improvised one using an old recipe. The result is a healthy, tasty savory tart; it came as no surprise, since the best quality ingredients were used!

What you see in the photo is what I received for $41.95. If you want to try out Full Circle which just launched in the Bay Area, take advantage of the LivingSocial sneak peek promotion: "If everyone who wanted easy, healthy meals raised their hands, the vote would be unanimous. Clap those hands for today's deal from Full Circle: Pay $10 for a Seed farm box of fresh, local, and organic produce, which is about 15 to 20 servings (regularly $21); $13 for a Sprout farm box, about 20 to 25 servings (regularly $26); $16 for a Garden farm box, about 30 to 40 servings (regularly $32); or $21 for a Harvest farm box, about 45 to 50 servings (regularly $42). The customized farm box can be delivered to your door or picked up in cities throughout the Bay Area. Full Circle works with local organic and family-owned farms throughout Northern California. You don't have to stretch your arm toward the sky, because with this deal, those easy, healthy meals are well within reach." Give it a try and sign up!

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Mediterranean Pinwheel Sandwich Recipe Recipe

These colorful pinwheel sandwiches are loaded with Mediterranean flavors. Fresh and roasted vegetables are brought together with hummus and pleasingly tart capers. The cabbage and carrots were also briefly pickled in lemon juice and a little sugar to add a little brightness without sacrificing their crunch.

I made these pinwheel sandwiches a while back with the gals from California Lavash. I had a blast cooking with them and look forward to doing it again soon. Their pizza lavash is out of this world. These sandwiches are perfect for the summer and would look fabulous at any picnic, party or barbecue. Enjoy the sunshine!


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Zucchini Tart with Mascarpone Recipe

Zucchini Tart with Mascarpone

07.02.12 by Jackie

I'm still cooking through the vegetables from our garden. Today, my husband Lulu and the girls picked dozens of zucchini and crook-neck squash. I stuck to one of their favorite meals and made a savory tart. I pan-fried slices of zucchini and squash as the topping for the tart and made a filling with leeks and mascarpone cheese. The girls followed the directions for my homemade savory crust and I let them assemble the dish. Served with a dried sour cherry and cherry tomato relish, what more could one ask for?

In my opinion, getting children involved in the kitchen and in our everyday tasks in general (the girls' chores include watering the plants daily, for example) is the best way to teach them healthy habits. They understand what is on their plate and the effort it took to get it there!

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