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Easy Bruschetta

If you have tomatoes and bread you can make an easy bruschetta. Perhaps the other versions are a tad bit more difficult. I made three different bruschettas: tomato, blue cheese fig and salmon pesto.

Start with a french baguette. I sliced the baguette into slices 1/2″ thick which I grilled in olive oil until golden. I topped one with chopped tomatoes, sea salt and a fig balsamic drizzle; I topped one with gorgonzola cheese, slices of Spanish pajarero figs, chopped pistachio nuts and fig balsamic drizzle and one with prepared pesto, a slice of smoked salmon and topped with capers.


Lemon Lime Indulgence

This dessert is inspired by the key lime pie mini indulgence at Seasons 52. I’ve gone there many times and had one, two or three of these. ┬áI made these in crystal champagne glasses which makes them twice as large as a mini indulgence. You could make them in a shot glass too.

Lemon Lime Indulgence

  • Filling –
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon curd
  • 4 Tbsp key lime juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • Crust –
  • 1/4 cup pistachio nuts
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter


Mix all the filling ingredients in a mixer until creamy and blended. Put pistachio nuts and sugar in the food processor until fine and powdery. Heat the butter and add to the nut mix. Spread the nut crust at the base of your glass. Carefully place the filling on top leaving the crust in tact. Chill for a few hours. Garnish with lemon and lime zest and serve. Makes four large servings.


Lemon Lime 1500 X 2100

Lemon Lime Watercolor


Mozzarella Fresca Appetizer

This is the perfect dish to enjoy when tomatoes are ripe and plentiful. Fresh Italian mozzarella cheese from Galbani®, cherry tomatoes, chopped pistachio nuts and a fig balsamic vinegar complete the dish.

Mozzarella Fresa Appetizer

  • 1 – 8 oz. container mozzarella fresca sliced in bite size pieces
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachio nuts
  • drizzle of fig balsamic vinegar reduction

Slice mozzarella cheese and tomatoes and mix together. Chop the pistachio nuts. Spread the cheese and tomatoes on a platter. Sprinkle with pistachios. Drizzle with fig balsamic vinegar and serve.

Mozzarella Fresca




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