Cooking with GiGi : Tomato tart (easy as pie!)

I love this east tomato tart recipe- It is great as an appetizer cut in slices or as a main dish served with a salad for lunch or dinner! It is very refreshing and light!

For this easy as pie tart you will need the following ingredients:

Puff Pastry thawed to room temperature, pesto (it can be store bought), sliced tomatoes - any size that looks great and are in season, fresh chopped garlic, fresh basil, parmesan cheese and optional toppings are fresh mozzarella, fresh chopped onions or pepper and / or sliced salami.

Bake at 400 degrees until nice and light brown!

ENJOY!

Cooking with Gigi: Green Bean Casserole

Enjoy this tradition of our family- it is so delicious and creamy! I love it during the holidays with turkey and stuffing especially.

The ingredients you will need for this yummy recipe are:

Green Beans ( I used fresh but frozen will work well too), fresh mushrooms chopped, cream of mushroom soup, water chestnuts chopped, toasted slivered almonds (optional) garlic, olive oil (just to sauté garlic), milk, store bought crispy French onions, salt, pepper, a pinch of cayenne pepper ( and sometimes I throw in a splash of Worchestershire sauce!)

Bake at 375 degrees until nice and bubbly - remove and top with the other half of the crispy French onions and brown the top.

SERVE Hot!!!!

Yummy Good!

Happy Cooking

Cooking with GiGi: Making stuffing

This stuffing is Carl's grandmother's recipe and his mom prepared it as well. We have been making it for over 33 years! It has breakfast sausage in it and is amazing not only with turkey but also with a pork roast! You can’t get enough of this!

To make this delicious stuffing you will need:

Breakfast sausage, celery, onions, raisins, cornbread and regular stuffing mix, broth, fresh sage and fresh parsley +

Salt & Pepper

Happy Cooking XOXOX GiGi

Making Challah- sharing a special tradition

I recently had the invitation to make Challah with a friend- she makes it every Friday for her family and friends to enjoy during Shabbat. Traditions are special, and I was honored to be a part of my friend Debbie's very special Challah making.  ( Please do not judge the video I put together - I was just going to post a picture but this was to fun not to share this way - so forgive my lack of editing talents!)  and PLEASE Send me your family traditions!!!!

I ended up making 3 loaves after my dough had risen- the dough consists of eggs, yeast, a lot of honey & flour. For my toppings, I made a sesame seed, poppy seed + sea salt mixture for one loaf, chocolate chips for another loaf and a cinnamon, raisin + pecan loaf. All equally divine!!!!

Fresh Tomato Summer Salad

Nothing screams summer more than a tomato salad - something about a vine ripened tomato takes me back to my childhood and I love heading to a farmers market to seek out the ripest juiciest tomatoes available. Slice a red onion and a cucumber and marinate it in my favorite apple cider vinegar dressing then toss them with sliced tomatoes ( use various shapes in your slicing to keep it interesting)  sprinkle with fresh herbs- either fresh basil, oregano, tarragon or time - sprinkle a little S & P and drizzle on some olive oil then arrange on a plate.

Nothing is more simple nor more delicious

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Apple cider dressing ( because it has health values!) 

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, juice of half a lemon ( optional) salt & paper to taste, 1 tsp dijon mustard - voila!!!