Monday, July 14, 2014

10 Dates of Summer ~ Saturday in Saxapahaw

We were sitting under a tree on a blanket with the bluegrass band playing on the stage a few yards away. Eating cold tomato pie and sipping drinks and it felt like pure Summer.

I love being with friends and family; parties, lunches and dinners on the lawn.

I love good stories and conversation and laughing long and loud.

 But I also love being married because sometimes its so nice to be with someone and just be.

To talk when you feel like talking and to be quiet when you feel like being quiet and to secretly comment on people in the crowd (not that we did that).

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We had such a good time going back to Saxapahaw.

This time we took a picnic and a blanket and we sat for hours talking and eating and getting up to buy a bowl of fresh fruit and sunflowers from the little Farmer's Market below the hill. 

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That morning Cathy and I had gone to the Farmer's Market in Greensboro and I picked up some beautiful tomatoes.

 I was trying to think of what to pack for our picnic and Cathy suggested that I make a tomato tart because you can eat them cold and basically it's perfect picnic food.

 She had given me a jar of her homemade pesto and my tart turned into a pie and it was so good. 

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The tomatoes taste like a burst of summer in your mouth and the pesto and cheese is so rich and savory.

Lately I've been using this pie crust because it's really amazing.

I'm not gluten-free but this is much better for me than white pie crusts and we all know how I feel about making pastry (not good). Plus, this crust is so good. It's buttery and tastes great. It's not super easy to work with, as you can see with my peach pie lattices, but if you just press it into a pie plate it's easy-peesy.

The layers in this pie are beautiful. I didn't measure anything while I was making this and you really don't have to, the amount of cheese and tomatoes is up to you.

 You can also use any kind of cheese, Cathy had suggested gouda which would be amazing. 

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The cocktail for this week's date was a Gentlemen's Sour which I found from Jack Daniels.

It was very good and lemony but a word to the wise, it is sour. So taste test the lemon as you put it in and adjust the agave to taste.

I love finding cocktail recipes that don't require sugary mixes and that use natural ingredients and this one was just that.

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Tomato Pesto Pie

1 pie crust, unbaked
3-4 medium fresh tomatoes, sliced thin
1 small jar basil pesto
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425. Lay the pie crust into a 9 x 9 pie plate. Spread half the pesto onto the pie crust and then add a layer of tomatoes and top with half the parmesan. Add another layer of tomatoes and top with half the mozzarella. Top with tomatoes and spread the other half of pesto onto the tomatoes. Top with half the chedder cheese. Continue layering cheese and tomatoes ending with the parmesan and chedder on top. Bake for 35 minutes or until pie crust is golden brown.

Gentleman's Sour

1 part Jack Daniels whiskey
2 parts fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons agave nectar or more to taste
Cherry or lemon wheel for garnish

Shake and pour over ice. Enjoy!

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