Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Summer Magic and Tomato Tarts

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Happiness on the first of August. Flowers in my yard.

The summer is flying by like magic.

Tomato tarts and herb pesto. 

Mountain Man in the car.

Singing along, badly.


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That little guy will be a butterfly one day. For now, he's hanging out on my un-pruned dill weed. 

When Cathy and I made this we also made this wonderful tomato tart and I made it again tonight. I spent my day off at home because Witt had to borrow my car and it was really nice and lazy. All the things I would normally try to get done and errands I would normally run I could not until he got home. So I watched Felicity and then...I watched some more Felicity. It was deliciously unproductive. 

Except for this tart.

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I really love the yellow tomatoes in our garden. I think they are a little sweeter and maybe just different than the beefsteak and roma tomatoes. We also have lots of pretty orange sun sugar tomatoes and lots of cucumbers. So I made a really good herb pesto to toss with the cucumbers and tomatoes of dill, chives, basil and parsley, a little Italian oregano, olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette pureed together with salt. Spicy and summer in your mouth.

For the tart you simply make a whole wheat crust (for my crusts, I just soak a packet of yeast in a cup of warm water add a little sugar and let it foam up, then add enough flour (around 2 cups) and a few tablespoons of olive oil until it forms a nice dough and let it rise), spread it out on a pan and brush with olive oil. Layer on your tomatoes and sprinkle with garlic and lots of fresh parmesan cheese. Top with fresh basil after it bakes at 400 for about 20 mins or until crust is golden and tomatoes are soft and juicy. 

Easy summer magic!

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