Food on most days is whatever’s quick, healthy, and tasty. Like most people, I’m busy so I rarely let loose in the kitchen. However, every once in a while I like to indulge and expand my cooking chops.
Upon seeing the recipe for this tomato tart recipe via Pinterest, I knew it would be the perfect way to indulge. Not only was it going to take a while to make, I knew it would be rich and delicious. It took me 3 hours from start to finish, but it was totally worth it!
Both the tomato tart recipe and the accompanying savory tart dough recipe are from the cookbook, Waiting for Gateau: No Nonsense Baking from Our Kitchen to Yours [update: link removed as it no longer led to the recipe]. I modified the toppings a tiny bit by adding a ring of zucchini slices so I only used 3 tomatoes instead of the 4 it called for originally.
Now, I should warn you that this is VERY rich and will probably give you a tummy ache if you eat too much at once. Not that I know from experience or anything. Ha! I did say I indulged, right?
I hope you enjoy this tart as much as I did. Please let me know if you try it by leaving me a comment telling me how it turned out. I can imagine it would be the perfect treat for an elegant brunch or Mother/Daughter weekend. Cheers!
In an effort to save some money, eat healthier, and help the environment I have decided to eat less meat. It’s been really easy for me to cut meat out of breakfast and lunch, but I’m having a hard time cutting it out all together and still eat a small portion of lean meat at dinner.
But, wanna to know one of the best parts!?! Not only am I saving money and getting warm fuzzies for helping the environment, by just cutting out meat and snacks I have dropped 8 pounds since moving back to Colorado. I’m only a couple pounds away from my wedding weight with very little effort. I can hardly believe it!
To take it a step further, Brett and I have made the conscious decision not eat meat for at least one dinner per week. Eventually I would like us to give up meat for an entire day. And then once that’s a habit, hopefully we can give up all animal products once a week. I believe eating more veggies and a plant heavy diet are the keys to a healthy life.
This week I made black bean burgers and baked sweet potato fries for dinner. The burgers have always been a hit and even my mother-in-law, who is from the meat-and-potato land of Iowa, likes them. The recipe below is something I’ve adapted from several different ones and has become my go-to recipe. These are very simple to make and the hearty patty makes it an easy transition away from meat.
Black Bean Burgers
2 (16 oz) cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup onion, minced (any kind you choose)
1/4 cup red bell pepper, minced
1 tablespoon grill seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove garlic, minced)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Rinse and drain black beans. Pat dry with a paper towel. Place them in a bowl and mash with a fork until pasty. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. The mixture will be thick and it will probably be best to use your hands. Divide the mixture into 5-6 patties. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large skillet. Cook bean patties for 5 minutes on each side over medium heat or until heated through.
If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.
If you want to freeze these for later, form the patties and place them in a freezer safe container with a piece of wax paper between them. Let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then cook as instructed above.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
1 large sweet potato
2 T olive oil
sea salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash sweet potato and cut into french fry size pieces. Toss with olive oil. Season with sea salt & pepper. Arrange in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping fries halfway through cooking.
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A while back I wrote about Ana White and her blog full of fun wood working ideas. Today, I am super excited to finally share some of our completed projects.
The first piece we worked on was our dining table. I have lived without one for so long I thought it was high time we had a proper place to sit for meals and to gather when friends came over. There are a bunch of table plans on the site, but nothing really stood out at us. So we modified a coffee table plan and turned it into a table. A bit ambitious for our first projects, but we’re adventurous like that.
So without further ado, here is the Tryde Dining Table.
Here’s a close up:
This was a really fun project to work on with Brett. Since we are always on our computers, it was a really nice change of pace to be outside working with our hands. It was also a really nice way to meet our neighbors since we were working in the garage for many hours over several days.
Here is the progress of building the table:
Sanding the table:
And staining the table. I had no idea how time consuming this step would be. I put on 1 coat of pre-stain wood primer, 3 coats of stain and 3 coats of polyurethane.
We are thrilled with how it turned out! Now, we just need to have our first dinner party. I’ll post the step-by-step plans for building the table soon.
UPDATE: Here’s a link to the detailed DIY dining table plans.
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I’m finally using my KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker!!! I must really like my stand mixer and attachment because this is not the first time I’ve written about them. These were the two items on our wedding registry that I was the most excited about and the most sad to put in storage earlier this year. Then when we moved into our place in August, I got out the ice cream attachment and it was broken. Sad! But, thankfully KitchenAid was great and sent me a replacement right away. I have had a ton of fun making different ice creams and am finally writing about my latest creation – a homemade eggnog ice cream recipe!
This past week my blogging buddy, the amazing Megan Leigh Sweeney, came over for a creative day and I wanted to make us a treat. This time of year is full of so many rich tastes and eggnog ice cream sounded like a perfect option. I have been modifying Brett’s grandmother’s ice cream recipe and so far, so good.
Her recipe is pretty simple, but is specific to her old ice cream maker. Grandma Me’s maker must have been bigger than mine, because in order to get the right texture, I’ve had to cut down on the amount of half & half I use. I also cut out the eggs because cooking them is a pain and it doesn’t seem to affect the taste enough to go through the effort.
To modify this for eggnog ice cream I cut down on the half & half and swapped out just over half of the milk for eggnog. The amount of sugar stayed the same, but I decreased the vanilla down to 2 tablespoons.
[yumprint-recipe id=’9′]Oh yea…this post is not sponsored either. I know I’m chatting about KitchenAid a lot, but I just really like the stand mixer and ice cream attachment. However, if you’re from KitchenAid and reading this, I’d love to test out your other attachments in exchange for my honest opinions.
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