Bruschetta

by Jenn on August 17, 2010

in Dairy Free,Gluten Free,No Cook,Snacks,Vegetarian

Bruschetta

Do you remember when you first tried to cook?  I’m not talking about executing a recipe, but really delving into the steps and determine exactly what benefits a dish?  Ok, so you all probably aren’t as nerdy as I am.  I really do try to use cooking as a form of relaxation, but sometimes the scientist in me just gets in the way!

A while back Shauna asked her readers about the first meal they ever cooked.  And frankly, I can’t think of that earliest time.  I was probably 12ish, because I’m guessing it was after we moved in with my step dad.  He was definitely the one that instilled in me a joy of food and the process of making it.  I honestly have not a single memory of cooking before then, except for that awful dried out meatloaf my sister’s father used to make where the only way anyone could stomach it was by drowning it in ketchup.  And poor me because I hated ketchup too.  Given that my strongest memory in the kitchen from my younger years is a terrible meatloaf isn’t so encouraging.  But I can look back at other times, because there were good memories of the kitchen.  I remember just loving to help my mom make sun tea – we took a large pitcher and filled it with water and tea bags, and let it set out on the porch in the bright hot summer sun for a few hours.  I was enthralled with watching the color develop over the afternoon, it seemed like magic.

In college I really began thinking about how to make food on my own, but believe it or not, one of my first major forays into cooking involved no cooking at all!

One of my good friends and I would get together and make bruschetta.  I think we made bruschetta at least a dozen times.  We figured out that this tasty Italian app is just one step away from being a salsa, and the key to keep it from turning into soup is by not letting the tomato juices get all over everything.  Soupy bruschetta makes soggy bread.  Not awesome.  We thought to seed the tomatoes, and then we realized that the consistency was better if the skins were peeled, and learned the hard way  (after laboriously peeling many cold tomatoes by hand) that blanching makes this easy.  Ha! We made bruschetta so often I’m surprised I never got sick of it.  Ha what am I saying, no one can tire of bruschetta!

I’m sure looking up a recipe online would have made it easy.  It didn’t occur to either of us that there would actually be recipes on the internets back then.  I used to own these things called cook books instead.  You know, made of paper with pictures and ink printed on them…what are those again?  Ha. Well some things are best learned by doing rather than looking up online.  For example, it’s the best way to learn photography in my opinion.  Some days I just take a bunch of pictures of random stuff and change a gazillion settings to see what they do and how to get a shot I like.  There’s just something to be said about not having the answer in front of you and having to actually think about a situation.  And now I’ll never have to think about the steps to make bruschetta again.

So there you have it, bruschetta was the first dish I ever tried to master.  Not quite my first cooking memory, but it counts I think.  It’s probably not the most authentic recipe, but I like how it tastes and I really enjoy the texture.  It is the perfect poem to celebrate tomatoes (because food is just another form of poetry).  Just perfect on some fried baguette slices, as the sun is wilting (along with the rest of us in this heat) down towards the horizon, a constant reminder these dog days are not over just yet!

Bruschetta

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

GFree_Miel August 18, 2010 at 12:58 am

Mmmmm! I love bruschetta! It’s so perfect for summer. Your photographs are so mouth watering. They always make me so hungry and so eager to cook.

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Jenn August 18, 2010 at 9:07 am

Oh thanks so much, I’m glad you like the photos, and enjoy making bruschetta!

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GFree_Miel August 18, 2010 at 12:58 am

Mmmmm! I love bruschetta! It’s so perfect for summer. Your photographs are so mouth watering. They always make me so hungry and so eager to cook.

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Jenn August 18, 2010 at 9:07 am

Oh thanks so much, I’m glad you like the photos, and enjoy making bruschetta!

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Anna Johnston August 18, 2010 at 3:09 am

Your right. No one can get sick of Bruschetta & so, so true. Food really is just another word for poetry.

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Jenn August 18, 2010 at 9:08 am

Making food is the best form of poetry I know! Glad to find another bruschetta lover!

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Anna Johnston August 18, 2010 at 3:09 am

Your right. No one can get sick of Bruschetta & so, so true. Food really is just another word for poetry.

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Jenn August 18, 2010 at 9:08 am

Making food is the best form of poetry I know! Glad to find another bruschetta lover!

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Baking Serendipity August 18, 2010 at 4:44 am

I definitely never get tired of bruschetta. Yours looks delicious!

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Jenn August 18, 2010 at 9:09 am

Thanks!!

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Baking Serendipity August 18, 2010 at 4:44 am

I definitely never get tired of bruschetta. Yours looks delicious!

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Jenn August 18, 2010 at 9:09 am

Thanks!!

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Kristina @ spabettie August 18, 2010 at 8:23 am

this looks BEAUTIFUL !! bruschetta is one of my very favorite things… so fresh and tasty, always…

If I had to guess? I bet my first food, like a real recipe, was green chile enchiladas. NOM

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Jenn August 18, 2010 at 9:08 am

Mmmm those enchiladas sound really tasty right now!

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Kristina @ spabettie August 18, 2010 at 8:23 am

this looks BEAUTIFUL !! bruschetta is one of my very favorite things… so fresh and tasty, always…

If I had to guess? I bet my first food, like a real recipe, was green chile enchiladas. NOM

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Jenn August 18, 2010 at 9:08 am

Mmmm those enchiladas sound really tasty right now!

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denizdalya August 18, 2010 at 9:22 am

I Love Bruschetta looks very delicious:)

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Jenn August 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Thank you!!

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denizdalya August 18, 2010 at 9:22 am

I Love Bruschetta looks very delicious:)

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Jenn August 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Thank you!!

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Jenn/CinnamonQuill August 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm

This is something so basic…something so basic that I’ve never actually made, and that I needed reminding of its existence. *Perfect* thing to do with all these farmer’s market tomatoes! Yes! And now, the million dollar question, do you have a recipe for that perfect looking baguette?!?!

PS Thank you for all of your gluten free feed submissions; keep them coming, please! Great work here!

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Jenn August 19, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Thank you!! No I don’t have a recipe for the baguette yet….baguettes are on my list of things to conquer though! These were bought at our local health food store, they are made by Schär and we love them :)

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Jenn/CinnamonQuill August 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm

This is something so basic…something so basic that I’ve never actually made, and that I needed reminding of its existence. *Perfect* thing to do with all these farmer’s market tomatoes! Yes! And now, the million dollar question, do you have a recipe for that perfect looking baguette?!?!

PS Thank you for all of your gluten free feed submissions; keep them coming, please! Great work here!

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Jenn August 19, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Thank you!! No I don’t have a recipe for the baguette yet….baguettes are on my list of things to conquer though! These were bought at our local health food store, they are made by Schär and we love them :)

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Celiacs in the House August 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I was wondering what the bread was. I just ordered some of the Schar baguettes from Gluten Free Mall. There will be some bruschetta at my house soon.

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Jenn August 21, 2010 at 9:39 am

oh great! Yeah we’ve been really happy with their products so far…

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Celiacs in the House August 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I was wondering what the bread was. I just ordered some of the Schar baguettes from Gluten Free Mall. There will be some bruschetta at my house soon.

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite August 21, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Lovely story and gorgeous looking bruschetta Jenn :-) It’s on my list of things to make soon (and can).

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Jenn August 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Thanks! Yes I think this would be great to can! I’ve never really canned anything before, let me know how it goes!

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fragolina August 31, 2010 at 6:58 am

First time visiting… I like the photos, so real and colorful. And I love bruschetta alot. I also try it with sautéed mushrooms. Nice blog.

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Jenn August 31, 2010 at 9:12 am

Thank you! And yes, mushrooms are a great addition to bruschetta :)

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