Mediterranean Roasted Tomato Tart

Who said that tarts are only for dessert? Fill a square of puff pastry with colorful mosaic of tomatoes, cheese, Dijon mustard, herbs de Provence and surprise your friends or family with this savory piece of artwork.

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Mediterranean Roasted Tomato Tart
This mediterranean tart is a must make. You can make it with tomatoes of the same or different size, of different colors and different varieties. The most important thing is that they are ripe and flavorful. Perfect dish for small crowds.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Cut tomatoes into thin (0.5 cm) slices. Put them in a single layer on paper towel. Pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F. On the floured piece of parchment paper roll out the puff pastry and poke all over with a fork, to release the steam while baking.
  3. Evenly spread with dijon mustard.
  4. Arrange the tomatoes on top. Fold the edges of dough.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with cheese and herbs.
  6. Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for about 25-30 minutes until the tomatoes are cooked through and the cheese is softening and colouring at the edges.
  7. Cut the tart into quarters, garnish with fresh basil and serve.

Pan Fried Salmon

This Pan Fried Salmon has crisp skin and moist, tender flesh. It only takes salt and pepper to prepare this fresh salmon fillet.

The cooking time will vary with the fillets thickness.


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Pan fried salmon

Course Main Dish

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes

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Course Main Dish

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes

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Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet with butter over medium-high heat.

  2. Season the fish with salt and pepper.

  3. Place the salmon (skin side up) in the pan. Cook for 3 minutes or until fish turns golden brown.

  4. Carefully turn the salmon over with spatula and cook for an additional 3 minutes.

  5. As soon as the fish is ready, transfer it to a flat plate and serve as desired.

Ground Beef Hardshell Tacos

These are to die for tacos. I’ve made it so many times and each time, it turns out so great. It goes awesome with Virgin Mojito.

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Ground beef hardshell tacos
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
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  1. Fully cook the ground beef. Drain extra grease. Add water and taco seasoning then cook for 3 more minutes.
  2. Dice tomatoes.
  3. Cut avocado into small cubes.
  4. Shred lettuce.
  5. Finely chop cilantro.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place empty taco shells on a cooking sheet and bake for 5 minutes.
  7. Assemble each taco with meat mixture, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and lettuce. Top it with sour cream and salsa. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Serve immediately.

Beef And Feta Pasta Dinner

Pasta and ground beef is nothing new, but when you add feta cheese, onion and fresh dill to it, it takes your pasta to a whole different level.

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Beef And Feta Pasta Dinner
You might seriously consider making a double batch of this Beef and feta pasta dinner because your family will definitely ask you for more.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 35 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 35 minutes
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  1. Peel and chop the onion.
  2. Coat the bottom of a skillet with olive oil. Add onion and sauté until softened and brown, stirring once in a while.
  3. While the onion is cooking, cook pasta, according to the package directions. Drain pasta and set aside.
  4. Fully cook the ground beef. Drain grease. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Use your hands or the tines of a fork to crumble the feta cheese.
  6. Add onion, ground beef and crumbled feta to cooked pasta. Shower on a generous dusting of fresh dill and using two spoons, toss the pasta well.

Vegetable Tian

This is not a ratatouille, it is a “tian!” I often have to correct my guests when they ask me if this is a ratatouille. 😉

Tian is a french recipe of baked vegetables made with alternating rows of sliced eggplant, tomato, onion and zucchini. A tian itself is an earthenware dish that goes from the oven to table. Everything baked in this dish is called tian.


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Vegetable Tian

To make the tian look more appealing, use vegetables with similar widths.

Course Main Dish

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes

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Course Main Dish

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes

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Instructions
  1. Peel and cut the onion into half moons. Peel and cut the garlic into 2-4 pieces.

  2. In a medium skillet heat 2-3 Tbsp of olive oil until hot, add onion and sauté until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400℉. Spread the cooked onion on the bottom of a baking dish.

  4. Cut zucchini and summer squash into 1/4 inch slices.

  5. Cut the eggplant into 1/4 inch slices.

  6. Core and cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.

  7. Arrange the zucchini, eggplant, squash and tomatoes in alternating rows. Continue until the baking dish is filled.

  8. Sprinkle the vegetables with salt, pepper, Herbs de Provence and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.

  9. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and golden. If the vegetables are not ready, but the top is starting to burn, cover the tian with aluminum foil.

Sautéed Zucchini

Finely sliced zucchini, sautéed in a pan with olive oil and garlic. In this recipe, they are seasoned with salt, pepper, and freshly pressed lemon juice. Add your favorite fresh herbs before serving.

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Sautéed Zucchini
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Cut the zucchini into thin slices.
  2. Peel and chop the garlic.
  3. In a large pan, heat the oil. Add the zucchini and sauté them for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, and continue to sauté for about 3 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat. Salt, pepper, and sprinkle with lemon juice. Powder with fresh herbs before serving.

Turkey Potato Casserole

“Without the potato, the balance of European power might never tilted north”. (Michael Pollan)

Turkey Potato Casserole is very personal, everyone makes theirs differently. I make my Turkey Potato Casserole with shredded potato.


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Turkey Potato Casserole

Course Main Dish

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes

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Course Main Dish

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes

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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Dice onion as finely as you can.

  3. Mix together ground turkey with onion, add salt ant pepper to taste.

  4. Place the turkey mix in an even layer on the bottom of a 9x13 inches baking dish.

  5. Peel and shred potatoes.

  6. Spread the shredded potatoes evenly over turkey.

  7. In a small bowl, whisk together sour cream, eggs and water. Add 1/2 tsp of salt.

  8. Evenly pour the egg mixture over casserole and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

  9. Bake uncovered for 55 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

  10. Serve it hot with sour cream and cilantro.

Tomato And Tuna Quiche

This French open-faced pie with canned tuna, egg & cream filling seems completely simple, but it is so delicious. Don’t forget to add mustard to this Tomato Tuna Quiche, it will give a charm to it.

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Tomato and tuna quiche
I usually serve it with green salad. Aragula works the best.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lay the puff pastry out on a baking sheet. Prick all over with a fork.
  2. Pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the crust starts to turn light gold. Remove the pastry from the oven, pressing the center down with a fork, if it puffed up a bit.
  3. Meanwhile mix tuna and mayonnaise with fork. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the mustard across centre. (I use mustard "a l'ancienne).
  5. Spoon the tuna mix on top.
  6. Combine eggs with sour cream and mix together. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Pour over tuna.
  8. Slice tomato and arrange them on top of your quiche. Sprinkle with cheese.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until quiche is golden brown.

Buttery Quiche With Mushrooms

French open-faced pie from puff pastry with buttery mushroom filling. To save time, I use canned sliced mushrooms. But you can use fresh ones as well.

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Buttery quiche with mushrooms
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Peel and cut the onion. In a medium skillet, heat oil or butter until hot, add onion and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add sliced mushrooms and sauté for another 7-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lay the puff pastry on a parchment paper and transfer it onto a baking sheet. Prick all over with a fork.
  3. Evenly spoon the mushrooms mix on top.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together eggs and cream. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over the mushrooms.
  5. Place the cheese slices all over the pie. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
  6. Bake on the bottom rack for about 35 minutes, until golden.
  7. Garnish with herbs before serving.

Ham And Cheese Quiche

The Quiche is a French open faced pie. Amazing dish which can be served with tossed salad, roasted potatoes, bouillon ( broth ) or just by itself.

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Ham and cheese quiche
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. On parchment paper, roll puff pastry out to larger than the size of your baking dish circle. Transfer to a pie plate. Using a fork, prick the surface of the dough to keep it from puffing up.
  3. Pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the crust starts to turn light gold. Remove the pastry from the oven, pressing the center down with a fork, if it puffed up a bit.
  4. Cut ham into small cubes and spread on top of the dough.
  5. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, salt and pepper. Pour evenly over the cheese layer.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a tooth pick comes clean.
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