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More Summer Favorites

Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at 12:34 PM

Hello again, this cooler weather is so wonderful. I love to cook and the weather makes it better. I love tomatoes so I am always looking for different ways to use them but my favorite is to just cut in chunks/salt. I hope you enjoy the recipes. I am still looking for your input on some new recipes. Please share your favorites with me.

Fresh Tomato Flatbread

The key is to start with really good tomatoes. And we recommend topping it with fresh slivered basil, too.

1 (8-ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls
1 large tomato, thinly sliced
1/2 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

Unroll crescent roll dough and press seams together to form a complete crust. Place sliced tomato and onion over crust.

In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients except Parmesan cheese; mix well. Brush over sliced tomato, onion, and crust. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake 17 to 20 minutes, or until golden. Cut into squares, and serve.

Crispy Cucumbers and Tomatoes in Dill Dressing

1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill weed
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cucumbers, sliced
1 cup sliced red onion
2 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges

In a large bowl, mix the vinegar, sugar, salt, dill, pepper, and oil. Add cucumbers, onion, and tomatoes. Toss, and let stand at least 15 minutes before serving.

Spiced Applesauce Bread

"With applesauce and spices, this bread is moist, delicious and great in lunch boxes. I also like it spread with cream cheese or peanut butter."

1 1/4 cups applesauce
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, sugar, oil, eggs and milk; beat well. Sift in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt; stir until smooth. Fold in the pecans. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.

Almost No Fat Banana Bread

"This bread is surprising moist and has a wonderful flavor. For a little variation, you can add nuts or raisins."

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 egg whites
1 cup banana, mashed
1/4 cup applesauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8x4 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add egg whites, bananas and applesauce; stir just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean. Turn out onto wire rack and allow to cool before slicing.

I found this recipe and I am gonna share it because I have tried it and omg it was wonderful. Hope you like it also.

Amish Harvest Tomatoes

This Amish farm favorite is made from ruby red tomatoes that are bathed in a tangy homemade marinade. Take advantage of your homegrown tomatoes or the ruby red beauties at the market and team this healthy salad with any of your main dishes.

3 large tomatoes, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 large onion, sliced very thin
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup sugar/splenda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, and Italian seasoning; set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper, until sugar is dissolved. Pour over tomato mixture, stir, and cover with plastic wrap.

Refrigerate 4 to 6 hours or overnight.

One of my other favorite summertime or anytime recipes is for cucumbers. A dear friend had this fixed and I just love it.


1 to 6 cucumbers sliced thin
1 onion slice thin
black pepper
Miracle whip

Put slice cucumber and onion in bowl, sprinkle with salt and black pepper, mix enough miracle whip to coat. Put lid on bowl and refrigerate for a couple hours before serving. Stir before serving.

Until next time happy cooking..

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I began cooking at the age of 9 with my father and have always loved trying new recipes. Beware: I am fond of onions and peppers! I am diabetic so I do try to cook more healthy dishes these days. My door is always open to trying and sharing new recipes. Let's see what we can cook up with this blog!
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