My Go to Appetizer – Bruschetta

I don’t believe I have ever met a person who disliked bruschetta. Whether it is heated or raw it is so fresh and delicious, you simply can’t deny it. There are many times when I am getting together last minute with friends or times when want to provide an appetizer that will impress yet doesn’t require slaving in the kitchen, this is when I turn to my go to Bruschetta. It is hard to even call this a recipe, because I simply go by taste and visual ratios, but for those who have ask below is my recipe for my easy peasy Bruschetta.

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Ingredients:

Small Bowl Full of Cherry Tomatoes

Handful of Basil

1Tbsp. Olive Oil

3/4 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Loaf of Yummy Bread

First, dice the tomatoes, finely chop the basil and place in a small mixing bowl.

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Next stir in the Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, salt and pepper. Server on your choice of a yummy loaf of bread. *To take it to the next level quickly toast each side of a slice of bread on a frying pan with just a dash of olive oil. It is just to die for!

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-Maci K.

Fresh and Comforting Vegan Pesto

I must confess — I am a creature of habit.

Most Saturday mornings, with out fail, I wake up to my internal clock (practically as the sun rises), make my way down stairs, grab a cup of tea and bundle up on the couch with a few cookbooks, then proceed to watch something mindless on Netflix. I devour these cookbooks and Pinterest in search of inspiration for new and old recipes for the upcoming week’s meal plan.

Saturday is my meal planning morning because as soon as I have meals planned for the upcoming week, we walk down to the local farmer’s market to grab as much as we can for as little moolah as we can. I am always trying to change up our meals, to avoid a food rut and some how, trying a new meal or re-visiting a meal we haven’t made in a while seems to keep week-day-life interesting.

A couple of months ago, I pinned this recipe on one of these cozy Saturday Mornings.  I have always been a HUGE fan of any pasta recipe yet I have never been a huge fan of any Pesto sauces. Until, I finally tried this recipe 2 months ago. Since then I have been obsessed and my husband can vouch for me, that this is now a Kauffman Family Summer Staple.

We pair it with tomatoes roasted in white wine (recipe to come) and the combination is completely comforting, healthy and fresh a summer meal! This week I used the excuse of my mother-in-law coming over for dinner to make it; I wonder what excuse I’ll come up with next week.

-Maci K