Where I’ve Been

I finally logged back in to this blog, and noticed it’s been a good hot minute since I’ve been here! My apologies, and I hope I still have some readers when this is said and done. A lot has happened since sushi night in February. It was an attempt to get back to what I consider ‘my reality’, but apparently, it was also a failure. My reality came home in early August, and now things are right in my world.

**(Break here to send some good vibes out to our troops still overseas)**

So now that we’re finally settling back down in to our routine, and I’m back to cooking more often than not, I’m hoping to churn out some fun surprises to share. I even just picked up a middle eastern cuisine cookbook that looks like a great adventure. But then again, I’m also now taking graphic design classes online, and I’m also preparing to move. You know, it’s a good thing that cooking and art can follow this girl anywhere, because I’d be pretty hard pressed to keep myself busy otherwise. But passion is passion, and I do it because I love it. I’ve also taken up a little photography on the side, because it’s something that I love and I consider it an art form…even if I’m not too good at it. A friend of mine did give me the opportunity to photograph her second wedding, though, and that was fantastic. It made me so happy to be a part of her big day.

Now, on to the food! That’s why you’re here, right?


Yesterday, after a dinner of corndogs, I got a wild hair to make something that I had been thinking about and talking about for a solid two weeks. A mascarpone/goat cheese and tomato tart. It was something that I saw on Pinterest, and it looked oh so scrumptious. The idea was to get my tomatoes and cheese from the farmer’s market in Nashville, and then it would be local too. Well. Procrastination got the best of me. So I had to get some new tomatoes. But the goat cheese from the Amish stand at the market was still good to go!


While picking up some bits and pieces from the store, like mascarpone, I got to thinking and I saw some delicious looking berries on sale. Hmm, mascarpone and berries, in a crust, with mint? Yes please! Inspiration, my friends, strikes at the oddest of times. So then, I turned out this pretty tart of berries. And let me just say… a slice of each for lunch and dessert is beyond delectable and it gave me a very happy tummy.

Now, I must tell you – I got the recipe for the crust from Pinterest, and it was a “guaranteed no fail crust” recipe that I was slightly skeptical about. Well, I’m not a baker (as some of you know), and I didn’t screw it up. I’m a believer now! Here’s the recipe from a blog called Dana Made It. And then, I slightly modified the recipe for the Tomato and Cheese Tart, because I used a mixture of the goat cheese and mascarpone with my own crust recipe. This one came from The Endless Meal. When eating this one on day two or whenever, make sure it’s a little warm. It has the consistency of a really good lasagna and small piece is plenty for a light lunch.

To make the fruit tart, I used the same crust recipe, which I cut in half by the way because I only needed two crusts, not four, and then I sliced up my berries. Well, let’s get real, my friend Kelly cleaned and sliced up my berries because she wanted to help. The mascarpone (about 3/4 of a small container) was mixed with 2 tbsp of vanilla greek yogurt, a dash or two of cinnamon, half a lemon’s juice and very finely diced fresh mint. I blind baked the crust until it was done, filled it with the cream and topped it with the berries. This is a very fresh dessert, and tastes great straight out of the fridge. I had also found a recipe for a limoncello cream tart that I think that cream would taste really good with this topping.

So now that I’ve spilled my world to you, I hope you come back! I promise to be better about my posting. Even if it’s not specifically food related!

Berry Bread

This is the first installment of updating this thing for the first time in a long time…one more to follow.

I really do enjoy having time off where I can make something a little extra. This time it was straight of off the Cooking Channel. On Chuck’s Day Off, he makes this dessert that looks so ridiculously easy, I have to try it. All he does is take berries (he uses fresh, I use frozen), combines them with sugar and then puts them on the stove so they can reduce and create a syrup. This reduces down into a sweet, and slightly tart, syrup that is used to create the base for the bread pudding-like dessert. And let me just say, it tastes really, really good on waffles. So the next step is to cut crust off of bread, soak one side in the syrup, and then put it in a bowl lined with plastic wrap, syrup side out. When that’s all done, so that you’ve practically created another bowl with the bread, put the berries, strained slightly, in the middle of the bread bowl, and then top it off with more bread. Basically making a lid.

The tricky part, for me at least, was finding something heavy to put on top of this creation, because it needs to be weighted down and left in the fridge for 8 or more hours. That’s what the guy on Chuck’s Day Off said, and I only let mine sit for about 6 hours. Trust me, let it sit for 8. Then you basically flip it on to a plate, and cut it like a cake. Tasty dessert.

*NOTE* When storing this dessert, make sure that is in a bowl or something deep, because as it sits for a day or so, the syrup starts to leak out and if its not in a deep dish, it will attack the inside of your fridge.