Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Sunday, February 27, 2011

tomato tart

here is a great recipe for a tomato tart that can be served with a lunch salad or as a hot appetizer at any party.  select the very best tomatoes from your local farmer's market or even your own garden.

use your favorite tart pastry recipe or even prepared refrigerated pie crust.  select either individual tart tins or one larger 8 inch tin.  prepare the tin with canola spray, and place the tart crust.  aerate the crust with a fork and then fill with your favorite cheese.  mozzarella works well along with any of your favorites:  flavored Havarti, Gruyere, or even Swiss. 

place tomatoes over the cheese in a desirable arrangement and season to taste.  i used parsley, pepper and basil.  other herb combinations can be used as well.  bake the larger size tart on a sheet pan in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees. the smaller tarts will bake faster. remove from the tart tins to serve.

this recipe can be used with a variety of toppings. i have prepared sauteed mushrooms, onions, zucchini, a mixture of olives or even red, yellow and green peppers.  any of these combinations can be tasty and presents well for a party or afternoon luncheon.

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