September 24, 2012

Personal Campari Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese Tarts

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Where has the time gone?

It's been a while since my last post (which I am totally totally sorry about) but I have been consumed with planning a wedding in less than 3 months and wouldn't you know it's already Secret Recipe Club reveal day... madness!

I have been excited for today's post though because football season is here and we have been watching the games as much as we can, in-between wedding errands, crafts and meetings of course. 
Oh and there's this little thing called work that keeps getting in our way. So over-rated, haha.

So this month I was given The Saucy Gourmet to pick and play through Shari's delicious recipes. She has quite a collection of yummy dishes, including her grilled chicken with blueberry basil salsa, I mean come on... that sounds amazing!!!
Being that our Sundays are precious to us and we like to spend them sleeping in, slipping into sweats and a jersey, making an elaborate over-filling breakfast followed by an afternoon of game after game football and snacks, I thought this recipe would suit our afternoon perfectly. 

These personal-sized tarts were fresh, delicious and the perfect portion sized snack or mini course before dinner. 
Campari Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese Tart
Servings: 4 personal-sized tarts

1 sheet frozen butter puff pastry, defrosted
1 large egg white
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
6 - 8 large fresh basil leaves
8 campari tomatoes, halved
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 tsp kosher salt
parchment paper

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
On a clean work surface, lay out the sheet of puff pastry, cut into 4 squares, then cut a 1/2" strip off of each side of each square. Brush the outside of the puff pastries with the egg white and cut 1/2" strip to fit around as a border. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and pierce the pastries all over with a fork. Bake for 8 minutes and remove from oven to cool for 10 minutes.

Brush Dijon mustard over the inside surface of the tart. Place basil leaves on top of the mustard and arrange tomato halves on top of the basil leaves. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the  tomatoes and scatter goat cheese on top.

Season the tart with salt and return to the oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Photos by A Healthy 
Recipe by The Saucy Gourmet

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September 07, 2012

Ellie Krieger Interviewed on Healthy Snacking

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How many people can say they were able to chat, no no... converse with an idol of theirs?

I can I can!!!!

As some of you may already know, and have probably been waiting to see, (because I have been boasting with excitement for weeks now), I had the HONOR of interviewing Ellie Krieger a few weeks ago on healthy snacking.

Being a foodie, I know that healthy sides and snacks can be just as important as the main dish and even more important in setting your food trends for the day. California Table Grape Commission paired up with Food Network star Ellie Krieger, to share snacking options that are not only quick and easy, but also flavorful and interesting... and they are all shared here with us today!

Now I don't know about you but I am absolutely a snacker through and through. I carry with me at all times a healthy lean granola bar or a small bag of walnuts and almonds in case hunger strikes. I am one of those people at 3pm in the office who is mindlessly looking for something sweet. Now there are plenty of healthy snacks out there to keep your cravings and your overeating at bay. That is exactly what Ellie and I had planned to discuss in our interview. Boy did she have some excellent tips and tricks for tasty food with a healthy mind.

For those of you who do not know Ellie, she is the host of the Food Network and   Cooking Channel’s popular show “Healthy Appetite”. 

She is also the New York Times best-selling author of:
  • Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy (2011 James Beard Award nominee)
  • So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week (2009)
  • The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life (2008)
  • Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life (2005)
 Ellie has also been at the forefront of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign from the beginning when Michelle personally invited her head up the “Healthy Kids Fair” at the White House in 2010.

Ellie is best known for her every day, down-to-earth focus on enjoying foods that are healthy, without compromising quality and flavor. In this video interview with me, "A Healthy Jalapeno", we talk about how we can take one of her favorite ‘Super Snacks’,  the fresh California grape, and utilize its summer sweetness to add crunch and color to snacks. 

Snacks created by Ellie as mentioned in our interview include:
Grapes in a Canoe (celery sticks filled with peanut butter and topped with grapes)

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