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strawberry balsamic tart

April 12th, 2012 · 15 Comments

This dish was tumbling around in my head after I saw an inspiration photo on Pinterest — and then combined it with the flavors in this recipe and this recipe, to come up with this tart!  I love the strawberry-balsamic combo, and this felt like the perfect way to make it into something a little prettier! 

There’s something so beautiful about a tart like this — it only takes a few minutes to pull it together, but it looks like you put a ton if time and effort into it!  I also love that this could double as an appetizer or a healthy dessert!

Strawberry Balsamic Tart

1 puff pastry crust (I used Pepperidge Farm)
1/3 cup strawberry preserves
1 pint strawberries, greens removed, sliced
10 small basil leaves
2 tsp balsamic vinegar


Defrost puff pastry and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees in a preheated oven.  Microwave the strawberry jam with 1 tsp of water for 30 seconds.  When the puff pastry comes out of the oven, brush it with the warm jam, leaving about 1 inch around the edges of the tart.  Layer the strawberries over the jam and add basil leaves as desired.  Drizzle 2 tsp of balsamic vinegar over the tart, and serve.

Tags: appetizers · desserts · food

portobello “pizza”

April 2nd, 2012 · 5 Comments

I don’t know if you guys consider this a full dinner, but at the very least, this is one of my absolute favorite snacks.  I can almost never resist a portobello anything on a restaurant menu — whether it’s a salad, burger, or a delicious combo like this!

Chad and I have spent a good deal of the last few weekends househunting (basically everytime we’re not working or committed to something else) and it’s a long, intense process that so far isn’t even close to finishing. 

Have any of you guys gone through it?  We had a few places we were considering, and they’ve inevitably sold before we could even decide whether to make an offer!  I guess it’s good news for the economy, but it’s a little stressful for us. 

Fingers crossed that we find something soon!  I’m really looking forward to living in one place for more than 3 years in a row — I haven’t since I was 17!

Portobello Mushroom “Pizza”

4 portobello mushroom caps
8 ounce can store-bought pizza sauce
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
8 ounces mozzarella cheese (pulled apart or thinly sliced)

Preheat oven to 350. Spray rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray.  Clean mushroom caps with paper towel and remove stems. Spoon 1/4 cup tomato sauce into cap.  Layer parmesan cheese and then with mozzarella cheese. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.  Add two small basil leaves as a garnish.  Serve warm.

Tags: appetizers · main dishes

tomato pesto tarts

March 26th, 2012 · 9 Comments

Oh my gosh, you guys!

I almost can’t write a post because I’m so excited that Mad Men is back on the air!  A year and a half in the making, and I wasn’t disappointed at all — which is no small feat!  While I love the fashion on the show (obviously), it’s not usually my personal style — but as they get further into the sixties, I’m drooling over all the mod minidresses we’re starting to see (this one obviously belongs in my closet)!  Can’t wait to see where this season goes. 

Now onto these — I actually saw a similar dish on Pinterest, and I couldn’t get it out of my head!  I made these just for fun on Sunday, but they’d also be perfect as a party appetizer. 

Easy to make ahead of time and just pop in the oven when you need them — and they only take a few minutes!  Simple, colorful, and totally delicious.

Hope everybody had a great weekend! 

Tomato Pesto Tarts


One sheet puff pastry (I use these sheets, available at just about every grocery store)
2 plum tomatoes cut into thin slices
9 small leaves fresh basil
1/4 cup pesto (I used store bought, but this recipe is probably way better!)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Olive oil
Flaky sea salt


Defrost the puff pastry overnight in the fridge and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the puff pastry into 9 equal-sized squares.  Brush them with olive oil and place the tomato slices in the center of each tart.  Sprinkle 1-2 tbsp of Parmesan cheese and a small pinch of sea salt on each one.  Bake for ten minutes, then add pesto and bake for an additional five minutes.  Top each one with a small basil leaf and serve warm.

Makes 9 tarts, can easily be doubled or tripled.

Tags: appetizers · food