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Tomatoes On Toast A Delightful Lunch

There is a neighborhood Italian Bistro here within walking distance of my home.  The owner is from Italy so the food authentic and delish.  His soups are to die for, but what I crave the most when I go is his Bruschetta.  I have had many types of bruschetta, but his is so simple and fresh!  There are no chunks of garlic, so he must use garlic salt or powder, and he finishes it off with freshly ground pepper.  I decided to try and replicate what he does, since paying almost 7 dollars for tomatoes on toasted bread seems like a bit much these days! I tried, and nailed it!
The key is good ingredients, especially the tomatoes. His out-shined mine in the bread area, but I used what I had and paired with a green salad it made a delightful lunch.


Tomatoes On Toast


1 cup chopped tomatoes

11/2 tbs. olive oil

1/2 tbs. balsamic vinegar

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
a couple small leaves of basil, chopped (optional)
toasted bread


sprinkle of freshly ground pepper
sprinkle of salt, if needed


Combine the tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic salt.
Let sit for a few minutes.
Scoop with a slotted spoon onto toasted bread.
Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.



“Toad In A Hole” Breakfast

I had never made these before, but when I had my mastectomy, my friend, Sharon, came from Chicago to stay with me for a week. She was a nurse to me, and loved all over my girls.  While she was here she made this “Toad In A Hole” breakfast a few times.  It has become a favorite of ours.  It is so fast and easy, and quite filling for each person, if I add fruit to the plate.  It makes me miss my friend every time I make it.  Everyone should have a friend like her–  I love you, Sharon!!

It is my middle child’s birthday weekend.  I did not have the energy to throw a party, so we took the money we usually would spend for a party and had a “double-date dinner, manicures, and spending- spree- at- the- mall” birthday night out.  We were with my daughter’s friend and her mom, Carma, who is a great friend of mine.  It was a super fun night out, ending with Caramelicious Frappucinos (decaf of course)– my girl thought she was old enough to drink coffee–she isn’t!  Hers sat untouched, despite the fact that she tasted mine and was convinced she liked it and was old enough to have one of her own!

We had my daughter’s friend spend the night.  We have a breakfast tradition of pancakes and eggs anytime we have a sleepover. Again, my energy was not great, so instead of pancakes I decided to make “Toads In A Hole”  The kids loved them, and it only took minutes!

Toad In A Hole
6 slices bread
6 eggs
~Cut out a circle in each piece of bread.  
~Melt some butter, and brown the round cut-outs on both sides until toasty brown.
~Melt more butter.  Add slices of bread with holes cut out.  
~Crack an egg into each bread.
~Flip when set.
~Season with salt & pepper