Romance Cooks

Easy Peasy Bruschetta – Tracey Sorel

What could be better for outdoor dining than some nice easy Bruschetta? And if you don’t have fresh garden tomatoes, store bought plum ones work really well for this recipe.

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1 thin baguette or loaf of Italian bread cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick slices

To make bruschetta: brush tops of bread with olive oil, place on either an outdoor grill, stove top grill pan turning once when golden or bake in your oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Marinated tomato topping

½ pound tomatoes (about 2 medium) seeded and chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1-2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons shredded fresh basil

Salt and pepper to taste

Shredded or grated parmesan cheese

In bowl, stir together all the ingredients except the cheese, adding salt and pepper to taste. Mound a heaping teaspoon of marinated tomatoes on top of each bruschetta. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. You can also heat these in the oven until the cheese is melted or serve at room temperature.



The summertime in Northern California is known for its hot dry weather, Beth Chadwick should know since she’s been going through a bit of a dry spell herself. Her marriage is falling apart. She has her friends to keep her together. These women really get Beth’s need for a new life. But, how is she going to get past her, stand by your man, mother and her, I’ll do anything if you’ll just take me back, soon to be ex-husband?  Can their problems be solved over a few glasses of wine?  And then there’s the matter of the hot photographer camping out in her backyard.

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