My Week in Food

Cherry Tomato Tapenade Tart by Mom's Kitchen Handbook

This tomato tart was hands down the best thing I cooked this week. I hope to pull together a proper recipe for you at some point, but in the meantime, here’s how it went down: Roll out one puff pastry to the size of a cookie sheet. Spread tapenade in a thin layer over the top. Cover with a batch of my Honey Roasted Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes. Scatter goat cheese over the top. Bake at 375 F until golden (25 minutes?). Great for supper (like pizza) or cut into small squares for an appetizer. Tomato nirvana.

Cheesy Summer BakeMore tomato goodness came in the form of a simple layered dish, alternating sliced tomatoes, zucchini, tons of basil, slices of fresh mozzarella, all baked up until bubbly at 350 F. Hard to go wrong with that combo.
Tea and Coffee Cake

After hearing raves from my daughter about a particular  coffee cake she’d eaten at a friend’s house from Good Eggs, I broke down and spent up for it. It was indeed buttery excellence, but pricey enough that we ate half one weekend and saved the second half for the next. May have to do a command performance on that one.
Caprese sandwich with school lunch

One of my gals was in camp this week, so it was sort of fun excersing my lunch packing muscle again. Here: a tomato mozzarella sandwich, tiny Champagne grapes, veggies, and tamari almonds. One of those lunches I wish she’d left behind (must take my own advice and pack an extra for myself).

Giant Paella

I wielded a giant spoon to stir an epic pan of paella at my friend’s housewarming party. I had carpal tunnel from all the stirring, but the paella was well worth the pain.

lunch box

Not that we really need any more lunch gear around here, but my daughter caught me at a weak moment one day when she presented this adorable number along with a pair of pleading eyes. We agreed to split the cost (plus, I get borrowing privileges).

Homemade pretzels

Rosie got busy in the kitchen with a recipe for homemade pretzels from Smitten Kitchen. They were so good, I’m wondering if there’s some German lineage I don’t know about. Make them!

Meringue bark

Also worth making is this Toasted Coconut Almond Meringue Bark from the newish cookbook, Real Sweet, by San Francisco mom Shauna Sever. The book focuses on using less refined sugars in baking, which would all be fine and good if I didn’t take down the entire baking sheet myself. I have a problem with meringue.

pulled pork

Even though the slow cooker often brings to mind hearty, wintery food, I love it during the summer because it means no oven and less time in the kitchen. These Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Apple Cabbage Slaw always go over well.
sushi kit

The lovely lady entrepreneur who founded the company Global Grub reached out after hearing me hem and haw over the cost of taking a family out to sushi. She sent along this DIY Sushi Kit for us to try. What a cute house warming idea or b-day gift for kids who love to cook, no?
Taco Salad Bar

Turned my Tex Mex Skillet Supper into somewhat of a make-your-own-taco-salad bar. Add tortilla chips to anything and my kids are game.

Zucchini Quesadillas

This zucchini quesadilla made for a quick and tasty weekday lunch: grated Jack cheese, grated zucchini, cilantro, salsa, oil-slicked skillet. Done.


At the tippy top of my Week in Food highlights? A new addition to our dining room.  I was in the right place at the right time when my dad announced this nine-foot beauty wouldn’t be making the move to his new house. Don’t mind if I do.

How was your Week in Food?


08.07.2015 at8:09 AM #


I made your pulled pork sandwiches this week too – so yummy!!

08.07.2015 at9:15 AM #

Cynthia Jones

Those tomato dishes sound great Katie. At a local cafe I recently had cherry tomatoes that had been tossed in olive oil & salt then cooked quickly in a pan over high heat – the taste was amazing. Tried it at home & came close!

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