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Bonnie’s Tomato Pie


When I saw this recipe in my inbox the other day, I remembered how crazygood this stuff is and became sad that I haven’t made it in years.

Mainly because there’s just no excuse for it. The ingredient list is small and it stars two of my favorite quintessential Southern veggies: tomatoes and Vidalias. By the by, were you aware that in order to be considered “true Vidalias,” the onions must be grown in very specific parts of Georgia as defined by law? ‘Cuz I wasn’t. That’s some federally official agriculture, my man.

Anyway, good tomato pie is sweet and savory, and the basil helps to satisfy your Italian cravings while staying well below the Mason Dixon. (There’s also a full cup of mayo in here y’all, clearly it still skews “South.”) The whole process is slice, layer, slather and bake, and as I’ve heard said many times down South, ain’t nothing wrong with that.

1 pie crust
4-5 tomatoes
1-2 Vidalia onions, thinly sliced
fresh basil (a few handfuls torn)
1 cup mayo
1 cup mozzarella
1 cup cheddar
olive oil

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Prick pie crust with fork and cook according to package directions.
  3. Boil and peel tomatoes. Slice and let drain for a little while.
  4. Saute onions in oil.
  5. Layer tomatoes, onions, and basil until you run out.
  6. Mix mayo and cheeses and top tomatoes and onions with it.
  7. Cook for about 30 minutes. (It may take a little longer, so just look for browned crust and bubbly cheese.)


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Spinach Dip Mini Bread Bowls

Wow we have really been neglecting our nummy site!  To be honest, it is so hot down here in NOLA, new recipes have not been a priority.  However, I am going to start making a much better effort!  

Everyone loves a good spinach dip bread bowl and below is a mini version recipe so you don’t have to worry about germs or sharing with others.   It is incredibly tasty and easy.  I served these at a party recently along with Lacy’s (Grandmother Irene Tucker’s) Award-Winning Tomato Cups.  You don’t really need to follow the directions for the spinach dip step by step and feel free to use your own spinach dip recipe.  Season to your liking and enjoy! – ts

10 oz roll of refrigerated french bread loaf
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Cups baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1/2 onion diced
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
3 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 Cup light sour cream
fresh shredded parmesan cheese
2-3 cloves garlic finely chopped
salt and pepper
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
dashes Worcestershire sauce
dashes hot sauce

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 10 muffin cups with non stick cooking spray.  Unroll package of french bread loaf and slice into 10 equal size slices, about 1 inch thick.  Press each slice into about a 3 inch round, I did this by pressing in between my hands.  Press into the bottom and up sides of the muffin cup.  Set aside.

2.  Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat.  Cook onions and 1/2 the garlic until soft.  Then add and stir spinach until wilted, about 3 minutes then add rest of garlic, cook and stir for another couple of minutes then turn heat off.

3.  Place cream cheese, sour cream, cooked onion spinach and garlic, Parmesan Cheese, and all seasonings into a medium bowl.  Mix until well combined.  With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dip into each of the centers of bread bowls.  Top evenly with shredded cheese and bake for 15-17 minutes until just turning brown on edges.  Remove and let cool for 3-5 minutes before removing from oven.

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Watermelon & Tomato Salad

Like any good Southerner, I love watermelon… Mmkay, you know what? In the spirit of exhaustion and honesty this post-Music Fest week, Imma be real with you: I’m not really a fan.

I’ve choked it down at every Fourth of July catfish fry, I’ve tried it with salt (and if salt can’t help me, honey, I don’t know what can), and I’ve even had the vodka-soaked variety and frankly, I’ll leave it.

But as with so many things I’ve traditionally disliked, The Chef has found a way to make it not only palatable but actually good. Bacon, tomatoes and cheese have a hand in that, but the watermelon itself actually gets a dose of personality here, so go on and get out and proud and pretty with this one. You won’t be sorry.

2 cups watermelon, diced and seeded
2 cups assorted tomatoes, diced
basil vinaigrette
2 tbsp toasted pecans
crumbled goat cheese (or mozzarella or blue cheese)
3 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
spring mix

  1. Get mixy and then serve atop spring greens. That’s all folks.

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Avocado, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

You know how sometimes people think hot girls are automatically stupid? Like there’s no way that something can look that good on the outside and not be either dumb or awful on the inside? Well, I think this salad is that hot girl. And this one actually reads Dostoyevsky for fun and got a perfect score on her ACT.
(Incidentally, I would hate that chick.)

What I’m sayin’ is there’s substance here as well as pretty. The avocado and cheese are rich, the tomatoes are juicy and tangy, and the croutons give you the perfect amount of crunch. Dress all that up in Balsamic and drive it around town in your new convertible? It will be like Weird Science in here. And everybody wants that. (Minus Chet.)

Balsamic Vinaigrette:
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp honey
3/4 cup olive oil
juice of half a lemon
salt to taste

  1. Mix all ingredients except oil.
  2. Slowly add oil while constantly whisking until it emulsifies.

4 tomatoes, chopped
2 orange tomatoes, chopped
2 yellow tomatoes, chopped
1 ripe avocado, chopped
1.5 cups of diced mozzarella
1 cup of fresh croutons
salt to taste
1 tbsp mint or basil (optional)

  1. Mix together and toss in dressing.
  2. Eat and bask in the afterglow.

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Houston’s Spinach Dip

I think we’d all agree that Houston’s Chicago-Style Spinach Dip is the shiz. I think we’d also all agree that we can’t have it as often as we’d like due to time, distance, or simple lack of funds.

Fortunately for us, the Hutchison class of 2001 foresaw our dilemma and included it in the adorably titled “Graduate and Be Glad You Ate.” Make sure you pick up some sour cream, salsa and well-salted tortilla chips. Just wouldn’t be the same without the trimmings.

2 packages frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained
1.5 cans artichokes, chopped and drained
1 onion, chopped
1 stick of butter
1/2 tspn cayenne pepper
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
8 oz cream cheese
8 oz shredded monterey jack
4 oz shredded swiss cheese
4 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
4-6 oz heavy whipping cream
4 oz shredded parmesan cheese
Tortilla chips (If you’re in Memphis, Las Delicias has the perfect chips for this dip.)

  1. Saute onion in butter until tender.
  2. In a mixing bowl beat cream on medium speed, gradually folding in cream cheese until it forms creamy mixture.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except the parmesan cheese and mix well.
  4. Marinate in fridge at least 2 hours (the longer the better).
  5. Preheat oven to 325.
  6. Top with parmesan and heat until bubbly.


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