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Tomato Tarts in Portland and at Home

11 Aug

Last summer, I dined at Fore Street in Portland, Maine. They had the most amazing tomato tart appetizer with Jet Star tomatoes and a generous portion of whipped herbed goat cheese atop buttery, flaky puff pastry.

Fore Street - Tomato Tart

Info: Fore Street, 288 Fore St., Portland, ME

As my garden is quickly producing tomatoes, I wanted recipes that would make them the star of the dish. What better way to celebrate summer than with a light tomato tart, inspired by Fore Street? I did not have puff pastry around, so I used filo instead. My version is much easier to make. This large tart is enough for several appetizer servings.

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Spinach and Broccoli Stuffed Chicken

2 Mar

Impress guests by whipping up this fancy-looking dish – just don’t tell them you did most of the prep work the day before!

spinach and feta stuffed chicken

Ingredients / Directions (serves 6)

Make Ahead
1. Start with 6 chicken breasts, pounded to about 1 cm thick. Store these in the fridge, layered between sheets of wax paper.

2. Finely chop and mix together:

  • 1/3 red onion
  • ½ head of garlic
  • 2-3 Serrano chili peppers

3. Add:

  • 1 box frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and excess liquid removed
  • handful of frozen broccoli florets, defrosted and diced
  • dash of salt, pepper
  • dash of basil

Store this veggie mixture in the fridge until needed.

Day Of
4. Preheat oven to 400°F

5. Add to veggie mixture, and combine well:

  • ½ to 1 cup feta or goat cheese
  • 1 – 2 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt

6. Divide veggie and cheese mixture onto each chicken breast. Fold chicken over mixture.

7. Place chicken breasts on a lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with basil and crumbled cheese.

8. Bake approximately 30 minutes.

Easy Vegetable Frittata

2 Dec

This is so easy: cook as many veggies as you like, or however much fits in your pan. Goat cheese adds a flavourful kick and makes this quick dish taste fancy.

Spinach broccoli frittata

Ingredients

  • 9 eggs (low-cholesterol version: 4 whole eggs + 9 egg whites)
  • Your choice of veggies, for example:
    • 8 oz spinach leaves + 1 handful frozen broccoli florets, defrosted, or
    • 8 oz spinach leaves + 1/2 onion, diced + 1/2 red pepper, cut into slivers
  • 1 plum tomato, sliced
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 oz goat cheese
  • ¼ tsp. dill
  • ¼ tsp. thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and milk together. Sprinkle with dill, thyme, and pepper.
  3. In an oven-proof skillet, sauté vegetables in olive oil.
  4. Pour egg mixture over veggies. Lift veggies slightly to allow egg to flow underneath.
  5. When egg mixture is about half set, top with tomato slices and sprinkle with goat cheese.
  6. Bake in oven for 14-15 minutes, until puffy.

Brunch and Bunker Hill in Charlestown

26 Aug

Head to Charlestown to get a glimpse into Boston’s history. You can climb the 294 steps of the Bunker Hill Monument and work up an appetite for brunch. The Monument is a short walk from Grasshopper Cafe (229 Bunker Hill St), which boasts that it’s been voted the best place for breakfast in Charlestown, MA. That’s no surprise – the place is comfortable and service is prompt and friendly. The food arrives fairly quickly and is reasonably priced. Most of the menu is standard breakfast fare – eggs your way with home fries and toast, omelets, eggs Benedict, and pancakes – but there is also a long list of hot and iced coffees.

Three-egg omelets (about $8) are light and delicate and served with perfectly crispy home fries. The Spanish omelet is packed with jalapenos and cheddar, and topped with salsa.

The Annie Goat Omelet is loaded with generous amounts of spinach, tomatoes, onion, and goat cheese.

The Monument Pancakes are a stack of three large fluffy buttermilk pancakes. You can add strawberries, blueberries, or chocolate chips. My only criticism is that the chocolate chips are all clumped toward the center of the cakes, and not evenly distributed The pancakes are a much better deal than the $8 Belgian waffle. It’s a single plain waffle you could easily make at home. Toppings are extra.

Final Word: While I wouldn’t make a trip to Charlestown just for breakfast here, the Grasshopper Cafe does serve a reliable breakfast.
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