Mouthwatering Bruschetta with Tomatoes (Bruschetta con Pomodoro)

Today’s recipe for mouthwatering bruschetta with tomatoes, is a quick and tasty version that works great when you don’t have a lot of time. It also uses up all those juicy tomatoes and zesty basil leaves that are flourishing this time of year!

We love to cook and experience food from all cultures here at The Sprouted Cottage. Dave is a classically trained chef who loves the adventures of Asian cuisine and classic French techniques. He works as a chef at a local bakery in a neighboring town and gets to play with food everyday. I have always enjoyed learning about other cultures because of my love for art and textiles. I love discovering the unique traits of different people. There is one thing that both Dave and I see in every culture; sharing a meal is a common way to enjoy others company.

In true American fashion, our Sprout is a melting pot of ancestry. She has Italian, German, Polish, Norwegian, Irish, English, Scotch and possibly even Mongolian. We love how unique this makes her and have enjoyed watching her grow and seeing different characteristics show up as she matures. It also inspired us to expose her to foods and cultures that make up her ancestry. Continue reading “Mouthwatering Bruschetta with Tomatoes (Bruschetta con Pomodoro)”

Summer Produce Series Coming Soon…

Produce season is upon us! It is one of those times during the year where farmers’ markets get fuller and if you are fortunate enough to have your own trees and vines in your yard or homestead…you probably have fruit coming out of every drawer and bin in your fridge!

Produce season is upon us. It is a relatively short season, even in some parts of California. Some farmers’ markets in the mountains are just now seeing the first fruits of all their hard work.

It is one of those times during the year where farmers’ markets fill up with vendors and if you are fortunate enough to have your own trees and vines in your yard or homestead…you probably have fruit coming out of every drawer and bin in your fridge! At one point last week, our entire dining room table was covered with strawberries and plums.
This leads to our first series on the blog; a week of daily recipes to help you preserve and cook your way through all that produce! Continue reading “Summer Produce Series Coming Soon…”

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Enter in a combination of classic chicken noodle soup and some of our favorite Asian flavors.

Last night was one of those nights where it was just chilly enough for a light sweater in the evening.  Not quite cold enough for blankets and a fire but it definitely had the feeling that early spring was here and winter was waving goodbye.

I had a whirlwind day of bible study, lunch with Dave at the bakery, grocery shopping with a toddler and then back home before dinner.  While getting the groceries unpacked and put away I decided to check on our dog who was running free in the yard we sometimes share with our friends and landlords.  It was the perfect time to take some produce scraps to the compost pile.  No sooner had I dumped the scraps than I heard the squawk of our neighbors’ duck in distress.  Our dog does just fine around ducks and poultry until one decides to waddle away…rapidly!  There were feathers and mud all over, mostly on me.  Dog by the collar in one hand and duck nestled back under a tree with the other, I marched our dog back up to our house.

Thankfully we have the best landlords on planet earth.  They are our friends and part of our central coast family.  We love them dearly and on a day like yesterday, I am so relieved that they love us equally.IMG_9982-1

The duck is doing okay. Still shocked and trying to heal but thankfully, alive. Clancie, our pooch, will probably never look in her direction again! Continue reading “Asian Chicken Noodle Soup”