Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Brunch Bruschetta
On Sunday I was invited to a NYC blogger brunch hosted at the super lovely home of Cathy of What Would Cathy Eat. Not only did I get to meet some awesome fellow food bloggers, but the brunch spread was pretty amazing. I threw together some bruschetta in the morning (have you ever tried toasting/not burning sliced bread in a convection oven while simultaniously drying your hair and doing your makeup? Not recommended).. Here’s what I made:
Bruschetta BreadFrench baguetteExtra Virgin Olive OilSea SaltPreheat oven to 350. Slice bread 1/2 inch thick on an angle. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Spread one layer on a cookie sheet and bake until golden brown.
Remove from oven and top with: 
Whipped Ricotta with Honey & Thyme1 cup Ricotta cheese1-2 tbsp Honey1 tbsp fresh chopped ThymeSea salt to tasteIn a bowl, whip ricotta with a hand mixer (or blender in my case). Drizzle in honey and sprinkle with thyme. Stir until well incorporated. Season with sea salt to taste. Artichoke, Kale, Pecorino, Toasted Walnuts & Pinenuts (hey I’m vegan!)2 cans Artichoke (in water, not oil)1 cup washed Kale, large stems removed, thinly chopped1/4 cup toasted Walnuts1/4 cup toasted Pinenuts (brown nuts in a 350 degree oven)1/2 cup finely grate Pecorino RomanoSalt & Pepper to tasteCombine all ingredients in a Cuisinart until well combined but not quite smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. I had one of those weekends where I blink and it’s over. Matt Braunger Comedy Central taping, wedding reception that I planned at one of my favorite venues in NYC (Gary’s Loft! So amazing!), blogger brunch, filming for a promo video for another favorite venue The Green Building, and then The Drink’s one year birthday celebration. I’m worn out! Check out the blogs of those I had the pleasure of meeting Sunday afternoon…    Hungry In BrooklynHungry SofiaLittle Ladies Who LunchWishful ChefSprout & PeaWannabe Monger (maker of the delicious cheese in my photo) You Can’t Eat BreadBrooklyn SupperGood American WifeSweet Potato SoulWhat’s Cooking Good LookingCantaloupe AloneCook Bake LoveWhat Would Cathy Eat 
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