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tomatoes & goat cheese bruschetta



Back in rural Tennessee where I grew up, my grandfather was an avid gardener. His home grown tomatoes were so abundant and delicious, people came from miles around to buy them. Interestingly enough, I didn't like tomatoes much as a child, but I have come to appreciate them as an adult.

Perhaps these memories played a part in my inspiration to create my little tomato basket collage "Garden Harvest."

Today I hope to inspire you with one of my favorite fast and easy summer tomato recipes:



Tomato Goat Cheese Bruschetta

3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
6 sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. fresh basil, shredded
3 tsp. capers, drained
2 Tbsp. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1 baguette, sliced diagonally, in ½“ slices
1 package (4 oz.) spreadable goat cheese (or herbal cream cheese, if you prefer)

Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl and set aside to marinate. Meanwhile, spread baguette slices with soft goat cheese (or cream cheese). Top each baguette slice with a spoonful of the tomato mixture and serve immediately.
Great for party buffets. The combination of flavors is just melt in your mouth wonderful.




A few years ago, I had a cherry tomato plant on the balcony, and it was such a delightful experience to pluck the little aromatic tomatoes from the vine as soon as they had ripened.

As an urban city dweller, I can only imagine what it must be like to have your own garden full of fresh fruits and vegetables! These days I have neither a balcony nor a garden, but I am lucky enough to have a couple of weekly farmer's markets in my neighborhood.

Back in rural Tennessee where I grew up, my grandfather was an avid gardener. His home grown tomatoes were so abundant and delicious, people came from miles around to buy them. Interestingly enough, I didn't like tomatoes much as a child, but I have come to appreciate them as an adult.

Perhaps all of this played a part in my inspiration to create my little tomato basket collage "Garden Harvest."

Today I hope to inspire you with one of my favorite fast and easy summer tomato recipes:



Tomato Goat Cheese Bruschetta

3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
6 sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. fresh basil, shredded
3 tsp. capers, drained
2 Tbsp. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1 baguette, sliced diagonally, in ½“ slices
1 package (4 oz.) spreadable goat cheese (or herbal cream cheese, if you prefer)

Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl and set aside to marinate. Meanwhile, spread baguette slices with soft goat cheese (or cream cheese). Top each baguette slice with a spoonful of the tomato mixture and serve immediately.
Great for party buffets. The combination of flavors is just melt in your mouth wonderful.



p.s. I made these for a party where I first met my husband. You know what they say - the way to a man's (or woman's) heart is through his/her stomach. At least in this case, it worked! Enjoy :)