Last Saturday I joined artist Marjorie Brandon and several others to celebrate her 97th birthday. When I asked how she was that hot afternoon surrounded by the love of her friends, she said,'Well, I'm drinking champagne and I'm 97. That about says it all." I think of Marjorie as my role model for successful aging. She is still creating collage art and living independently in my neighborhood. We were asked to bring along an appetizer, so I pulled out some of this summer's roasted tomatoes out of the freezer, and made these easy tarts in a few minutes. They quickly disappeared off the buffet table! Enjoy.
Roasted Tomato Tarts Serves 6
To roasted grape, Roma or large cherry tomatoes: Wash and cut each tomato in half lengthwise. If needed, scoop out the green or white stem section. In a large bowl, toss with salt and pepper, 1+ Tbsp chopped blanched garlic, and olive oil, to cover but not drown. Place them face up on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast in 450° oven (or on a gas BBQ grill) until they have reduced in size and are beginning to brown about 20 minutes+ These freeze well and can be used on pizza and pasta.
To prepare the tarts: 1 sheet (about 10 by 12 in.) frozen puff pastry (14-oz. package), thawed in the frig overnight
1 ½ cups roasted tomatoes, see above
2 Tbsp+ fresh basil leaves, chiffonade Directions 1. Preheat oven to 375°. 2. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. 3. On a floured surface with a floured rolling pin, roll out pastry to 16 by 18 in. Cut pastry in thirds lengthwise and in half crosswise. With a wide spatula, transfer the 6 rectangles to baking sheets. 4. Spread the roasted tomatoes in the center of each rectangle, leaving a 1 1/2-in. border bare. 5. Bake until pastries are richly browned, 15 to 20 minutes. 6. Sprinkle with fresh basil chiffonade, or fresh thyme. Serve tarts warm or cool.
The Seasonal Table class, NUTR 231AD, at College of the Sequoias have been cancelled due to California Budget cutbacks.
I'm still available to teach privately for small groups; please contact me for more information. It's likely having a party but you don't do all of the work and everyone learns something new about the seasonal ingredients and/or techniques :-)
Rocky drinks beer with altitude
Rocky has been out shopping range for Grocery Outletand out hiking and drinking on in the Eastern Sierra mountains but this time his beverage has been beer, from the Mammoth Brewing Company. They have beer tasting so you can try a 2 oz pour of 12 different 'year round' brews as well as a delicious root beer. They also serve 2 oz pours of their seasonal brews, like Blondiebock, aged in bourbon casks. They also sell and refill Growlers, so you can take home more than just bottled beers. www.MammothBrewingCo.com