Simple Summer Appetizer

bruschetta

So I mentioned we were having some friends over Saturday night for what turned into dinner inside thanks to the torrential downpours around here.  Anyway – we made the most delicious appetizer with some garlic scape pesto we had made a while ago and frozen.  This is a great appetizer idea for a summer gathering!

Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil
from http://www.simplyrecipes.com

6 or 7 ripe plum tomatoes (about 1 1/2 lbs)
2 cloves garlic, minced (I omitted since we were eating with garlic-y garlic scape pesto)
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped.
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 baguette French bread or similar Italian bread
Olive oil

Prepare the tomatoes first. Parboil the tomatoes for one minute in boiling water that has just been removed from the burner. Drain. Using a sharp small knife, remove the skins of the tomatoes. (If the tomatoes are too hot, you can protect your finger tips by rubbing them with an ice cube between tomatoes.) Once the tomatoes are peeled, cut them in halves or quarters and remove the seeds and juice from their centers. Also cut out and discard the stem area. Why use plum tomatoes instead of regular tomatoes? The skins are much thicker and there are fewer seeds and less juice.

Chop up the tomatoes finely. Put tomatoes, garlic (again, I omitted the garlic), 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, vinegar in a bowl and mix. Add the chopped basil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cut your bread into 1/2-inch slices, brush with a little olive oil, and toast under the broiler.  While the bread is still warm, spread a thin layer of the garlic scape pesto on the bread, then top with a spoonful of the tomatoes.

Enjoy!

Monday Outfit

I hadn’t mentioned yet, but I found the perfect chambray shirt a few weeks ago at Nordstrom Rack – a style and color exactly what I was looking for, for a moderate price.  I am wearing it today with my favorite neon peach pants, bright nails, tan sandals similar to the ones below, and a dynamic flower necklace for a pop.  Enjoy your week!

Monday Outfit

Slouchy top
anthropologie.com

Flat leather sandals
modcloth.com

Fantasy Jewelry Box flower jewelry
fantasyjewelrybox.com

Essie nailpolish
nordstrom.com

Couple Things…

Since there are storms in the forecast all weekend, we’ve changed our beach plans and now we’re throwing an impromptu party at our house Saturday afternoon/evening with a fun drink and food menu planned – I’ll have recipes and pics to share next week!  In the meantime here are some interesting things from the web this week.  Have a great weekend!

Another yummy idea for zucchini.

These Toms shoes for babies are too cute for the fall!

Have you seen this yet?  Hysterical.

And last…I totally agree, Lord Grantham (by the way, we have to wait until January, 2013 for Downton Abbey Season 3!!)

I’ve Gone Orange…

orange nails (2)

After a late night trip to Target last week to buy an emergency baby monitor (long story), I wandered around looking for a new nail polish color because you can’t go to Target and just get 1 thing, right?  I decided on essie’s bazooka because at quick glance, it looked bright, summer-y, and a touch more orange than I usually go for.  Well, was it ever orange!  Turns out in my late-night-errand-running haze I picked up a neon orange nail polish.

Now, I have embraced the neon trend with home decor and even these great pants, but nails?  Turns out it looked really fun and I kept it for a week or so and will do once or twice more before the summer ends.

Have you embraced the new neon nail trend?

Tomato Mozzarella Baked Zucchini

zucchini tomato mozz

We keep getting zucchini from our CSA.  We like to eat it grilled, roasted, in a pasta dish, as a pancake, but we needed a new idea…  I found a photo on Pinterest that we totally took and made our own for Tomato Mozzarella Baked Zucchini, it was SO good!  We sort of winged it and didn’t use a recipe, but here’s what we did…

Tomato Mozzarella Baked Zucchini

Zucchini, halved, with the seeds scraped out
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Grape tomatoes, halved
Parmesan cheese
Bread crumbs
s&p
Olive oil
Fresh basil leaves

Boil your halved, scooped zucchinis for a few minutes to soften and to cut baking time down later.  In the scooped section, sprinkle mozzarella and top with halved grape tomatoes.  Sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, s&p and then drizzle with a bit of olive oil.  Bake for about 15 minutes, broil for maybe 3 to 5 to get a nice crust on top. Then, sprinkle with fresh basil leaves.

Enjoy!

Couple Things…

I’m off again today with the baby woohoo!  It’s going to be another crazy hot weekend, we are escaping the city and headed to the beach, can’t wait…  Here are a couple things from around the web this week:

We are not alone with an abundance of herbs…

Yahoo’s new CEO is pregnant and hardly taking a maternity leave at all!

I love this idea to commemorate a great road trip, I would ad a snapshot of the trip as well.

And finally…from the Milly Resort 2013 collection, this is my kind of mother/daughter outfit…