BLT Panzanella Salad with Avocado

This is adapted from Tartine at Home – I added Avocado.

Basil Oil

1/2 c Basil leaves

2 tbsp parsley leaves

1/2 c olive oil

2 cloves garlic

1 tbsp drained capers

Salt

Combine in a small food processor and pulse till chopped and combined.

3 tomatoes, quartered

Salt and pepper

4 strips bacon, cooked and cut into 1/4 inch pieces

6 oz spinach

4 oz arugula

3 slices of sourdough

Olive oil spray

1 avocado, diced

Preheat oven to 400. Spray bread with olive oil and bake until toasted on each side. Cool and cut into bite sized pieces.

Place tomato in a large shallow bowl, season with salt and pepper. Add bacon, spinach, arugula and bread, toss to combine. Add a couple tbsp of Basil oil, toss. Divide among plates, top with avocado and a drizzle of basil oil.

Serves 2 – 4.

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Texas Toast with an Egg in It

I had this recipe for the first time on vacation – I love having garlic bread with eggs for breakfast! Here is my version on it.

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 c milk

2 cloves garlic minced

4 pieces of thick sliced bread

Butter

4 eggs

Preheat a girdle over medium high heat and butter generously.

Whisk together milk, 2 eggs and garlic. Cut a hole using a shot glass into the bread. Dip in egg mixture and place on the griddle. Cook until golden on one side, flip and add your egg. Cook until almost done, then flip and cook for 1 minute. Add more butter to the griddle as needed.

Serves 2 – 4.

Tomatoes with Chives and Crouton Crumbs

Simple and tasty! I used Trader Joe’s garlic croutons and smashed them with a rolling pin.

3 – 4 tomatoes, sliced thin

2 tbsp chives, snipped

3 tbsp croutons, smashed

Asiago cheese, grated

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Lay tomatoes on a plater, season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle chives, cheese and croutons over the top.

Serves 2 – 4.

Eggs Baked in Mortadella

You can also use prosciutto for this quick weeknight meal. Serve with a salad and you are set!

Butter or oil as needed

1 tomato, sliced

2 slices mortadella or prosciutto

2 eggs

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Asiago cheese, grated

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Smear a bit of butter or oil in ramekin; line with tomato and prosciutto. Break egg into ramekin, then put on a baking sheet.

Bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until egg is set and white has solidified. Because the cup retains heat, egg will continue to cook after you remove it from the oven. Sprinkle with asiago, salt and pepper and serve.

Serves 1 – 2.

Chile and Ginger Fried Tofu Salad


This one is a quick meal – just be sure to marinate your Tofu.

1 package of firm tofu, patted dry and cut into 8 pieces
1/2 c soy sauce
1/4 c sriracha sauce
1 jalapeño
1/3 c cilantro
6 cloves garlic
1 chuck of ginger, peeled
Peanut oil
5 oz baby kale and spinach
Olive oil
Salt
Scallions, sliced thin
Jalapeño sliced thin
Rice noodles cooked, drained and tossed with toasted sesame oil
Roasted peanuts

Combine soy sauce, sriracha, jalapeño, cilantro, garlic and ginger in a food processor. Processes until smooth. Pour into a shallow dish and add the Tofu. Marinade for at least an hour.

In a large skillet heat the oil and fry the Tofu until crispy. Reserving any extra sauce.

Toss kale and spinach with a little olive oil abs salt.

Place noodles in the bottom of a bowl, top with salad, Tofu, scallions and jalapeño.

Serves 4.

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes & Burrata


Another Melissa Clark winner!

6 oz pasta
2 tbsp olive oil plus more for drizzling
6 garlic cloves, minced
¼ tsp chile flakes
Salt
1 quart cherry tomatoes, halved
3 tbsp butter
4 oz grated Parmesan cheese
8 oz burrata or fresh mozzarella, torn
3 c torn herbs, such as basil, mint and parsley
6 green onions, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package. Drain and reserve ½ cup of cooking water.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tbsp olive oil along with garlic, chile flakes and a pinch of salt and cook 1 to 2 minutes until garlic is fragrant. Add tomatoes and cook 5 to 8 minutes, until they begin to burst and shrivel at their borders.

Add pasta to skillet. If it looks dry, add a little reserved pasta cooking water. Increase heat a bit so pasta can finish cooking in the sauce. When pasta is cooked, add butter and Parmesan and toss until everything is coated.

Serve pasta warm and garnish with chunks of burrata and a handful of herbs and green onions. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste.into bite-sized chunks

Serves 4.

Corn Cakes with Summer Salsa


These are from Melissa Clark's Dinner Cookbook. So good! If you can get fresh corn use it!

1 c corn kernels
1 egg
1 c buttermilk
3/4 c cornmeal
1/4 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp butter, melted
1 bunch of sage leaves
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb tomatoes, diced
salt and pepper
Creme Fraiche for serving

In a blender of food processor combine corn, egg, buttermilk, flour, salt and melted butter – pulse until combined, let rest 5 min.

Melt 2 tbsp butter and fry sage leaves until crisp, drain on a paper towel.

Add tomatoes, garlic and salt and pepper to skillet heat over low.

Heat a skillet and spray with olive oil. Cook the pancakes 1/4 c – 3 – 4 min per side until browned.

Serves with tomatoes, fried sage and scoop of creme fraiche.

Serves 4 – 6

Chorizo and Avocado Salad


This salad is good I had to put an egg on it.

Dressing
1/4 c olive oil
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
1 tsp sherry
1 tsp honey

Salad
2 slices sourdough bread, torn into small pieces
1 avocado, dived
4 oz spinach and arugula
1 jar roasted red peppers, torn into bite size pieces
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
5 oz Spanish style chorizo, sliced thin
2 eggs
Shaved Spanish cheese

Toss arugula, spinach and pepper with a little dressing to coat.

Heat oil in a skillet and cook bread until toasted. Remove. Add chorizo and fry on both sides, remove. Add egg and cook until white is set but yolk is runny.

Divide spinach, arugula mixture among plates. Top with avocado, bread, cheese, chorizo and egg.

Serves 2.