Why this blog??

Why this blog?? I often find myself stressing over what to make for my family for dinner. We live a busy life and some meals need time to prep, cook and let's not forget shopping for everything you need. I love cookbooks and websites, but there are so many recipe's at times it is overwhelming. The recipe's I will be posting are things I actually made. I will tell you if they are easy or more time consuming. I will also tell you if they are good. Most of these are recipe's I have made for years and continue to make because they are easy or quick and my family loves them and i know yours will too! I will also try to at least once in a whlie try a new recipe I've found on line or in a book and honestly rate it. I always encourage others to send me their favorite recipe's as well! I am a mom... not a chef. But I am a mom who enjoys cooking for her family and making a somewhat healthy meal (some days more healthy than others:) ) In each recipe I will share how I recommend serving it, any substitutions I can think of that are also good, or ways to prepare ahead of time to make the cooking part seem quicker! I am not a photographer, as you can see... most of these pictures are taken from my phone camera, so may not be the best! I love to hear from others who have made these recipes and what they have done to change the recipe... please post comments! Thank you! To "like" me on facebook, go to this link... It's What's Cookin

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Warm Bruschetta

I am obsessed with this recipe. Some days if my husband won't be home for dinner, I just make this for myself and have a glass of wine with it. It's great as a side to a meal or as a appetizer. We make it a lot along steak or even just to accompany a big salad.

*2-4 tomatoes- cut into thin slices
*2-3 T EVOO
*2-3 minced garlic cloves
*around 1/4 cup italian bread crumbs
*around 1/2 cup shredded cheese (italian blend or i usually use cheddar or a colby/jack mix)
*italian seasoning
*Loaf of fresh italian or french bread- cut at angle into 1 inch slices.

Heat oven to 250. On a cookie sheet, drizzle about 2-3 T EVOO.  Dip tomato slices into oil so both sides get oil on them. Place tomatoes in single layer on cookie sheet. Sprinkle garlic over so garlic goes on and in between tomatoes. (use more or less garlic depending on how much you like garlic). Season with italian seasonings (small pinch on each tomato). Then use a medium pinch of bread crumbs on top of each tomato. Top each tomato with a large pinch of cheese. Put in oven and bake for about 10 minutes... or until cheese in melted and tomatoes are warm and soft. Place a tomato slice on a piece of cold bread.

YUM. Have a glass of red wine and enjoy!

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