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Pea Pesto Crostini & Tomato Basil Tartlets

May 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

A recent Giada de Laurentiis encounter at my local Williams-Sonoma store inspired me to hit the kitchen this weekend. It was perfect timing as I had planned a family game night with some relatives tonight. On the appetizer menu: pea pesto crostini and tomato basil tartlets.

While waiting in the two hour line to have my copy of her latest cookbook Giada at Home: Family Recipes from Italy and California signed they brought out the pea pesto crostini for us to try. It was light, flavorful and the cherry tomato slices were refreshing! So I just had to try it out myself.

It was easy to make and looked so pretty on the platter. No surprise there! That’s I love most about Giada’s recipes – each calls for the most simple ingredients and yet when combined the outcome is sooo flavorful.

Though worth the trouble, the tomato basil tartlets were a bit more of a challenge. The recipe called for a teaspoon of black olive tapenade on each piece, which proved to be a little much for my guests. Next time I’ll ease up on that component. Also the puff pastry sheet took doubly long to bake in my oven than what was recommended in the recipe. I wish there had been a note to remind me that not all cooking times are equal.

I’ve never been much of a cook, but flipping through Giada’s book has got me thinking I ought to spend more time in the kitchen. The Italian cookbook presents recipes with influences from her old-world heritage and adoptive home, California. Some of the recipes are classics while others have a modern twist – all sound so tasty. Plus it’s so nice to see her family gathered around the table. Can’t wait to round-up my family for a family dinner in the garden!

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  • 1 angeli // May 2, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    love the simplicity in the progression of pictures. more more please!

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