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

Saturday, December 10, 2011

spinach and tomatoes appetizer

holidays are here and everyone seems to be searching for red and green appetizer ideas.  here is one that is quick and easy and can be adjusted to individual taste preferences for your family.  begin by chopping some small red tomatoes, season with a selection of favorite herbs.  choices would include parsley, thyme, dill with seasonings to taste including salt and pepper.  drizzle the tomatoes with a light application of olive oil.

next, thaw a small quantity of chopped frozen spinach and mix with a selection of cheese.  cheese selections would include fontina, mozzarella, Parmesan, feta or Gruyere.  place spinach and cheese in a ceramic baking dish and heat in oven for approximately 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until cheese is melted and spinach is warmed. mix to evenly incorporate the cheese and spinach. adjust desired amount of spinach and cheese to your family's taste preferences.  i prefer more spinach to cheese, as can been seen in the photo.

serve with tomatoes and crusty bread.  this is a delicious healthy appetizer which is wonderful for the holiday themed table. 

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