Garlic Tomato Bruschetta



When my tomatoes are coming on fast and furious this is one of my favorite ways to eat them. 


2 Tablespoons olive oil

3 Tablespoons chopped fresh Basil (or 1/2 T dried)

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh coarse ground pepper

4 medium tomatoes, diced

2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese


In a bowl combine all ingredients and toss gently.  Refrigerate for at least one hour.  Bring to room temperature before serving.


Serve on French bread toasted under the broiler  OR  with tortilla chips it makes a great fresh salsa.


Jalapeno Poppers


These are OH SO GOOD!  If you like things that have a little heat to them, you will definitely want to make these.  This is one of our favorite Sunday night treats.


When my jalapeno’s are ripe in ready in the garden I gather them up, wash them, trim off the stem end, slice down one side of the pepper to open it up, and then seed them.


Then I stir up some softened cream cheese, spoon it into a storage bag with one corner snipped off, and pipe it into the pepper’s cavities.  On average it takes about 12 oz to do 45 jalapenos.


Once they are filled I place the cookie sheet they are on into the freezer.  When they are frozen I then put them into freezer bags for use throughout the winter. Easy Peesy!


When we are desiring some cheesy, bacon wrapped, heat, we take what we want out of the freezer.


To finish making them all we do is cut bacon strips in half and then wrap around the jalapeno’s


Pop them into a 350 degree over for about an hour or until bacon is crisp and peppers are tender.


All that is left to do is to Dig IN!


***As an alternative you can always buy these fresh and make them without freezing them.  I just like to do a bunch at a time. :)  Either way it is a scrumptious treat!

Black Bean Salsa



This is SO good!  I love it with tortilla chips, on top of cottage cheese, wrapped in a warmed tortilla, etc., you get the picture!



2 cups of frozen home grown corn (you can use 2 cans of corn one yellow one white, drained)

2 cans of black beans, drained

2-3 fresh tomatoes, diced

Cilantro minced, use as much or as little as you like

4 green onions, finely sliced

1/3 cup of red onion, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon minced garlic

2 avocados, peeled and diced

1/4 cup lime juice

2 Tablespoons of olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons salt


Mix all ingredients together and serve or stick in refrigerator to chill.


*Original recipe from Allrecipes under Heather’s Cilantro, Black Bean, and Corn Salsa.  Altered by me.

Pizza Dippers



This is one of our favorite weekend treats!  It is so creamy and yummy. It goes together quickly and is a delicious alternative to regular pizza.


8oz cottage cheese

1 cup mayonnaise

1/4cup  parmesan cheese

1teaspoon Italian dressing

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella


Mix first five ingredients then stir in mozzarella cheese.  Spoon into greased oven proof dish and bake at 350*F  for 20-25 minutes. Prepare pizza toppings.


Pizza toppings:

cooked, crumbled bacon or sausage, diced pepperoni, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, sautéed onions and green peppers, olives, mushrooms, etc.


To Serve:

Spoon cheese mixture into bowls and top with favorite pizza toppings. Scoop up with breadsticks, tortilla chips or as seen above toasted bagels.


*For our family of 6 I double this recipe, but if you have a smaller family then you shouldn’t need to double it.  Original recipe from Family Fun Magazine April 2005