Thyme To Cook With Friends 2

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Savory tomato and cheesy tartlets...reminiscent of a gooey grilled cheese with tomato just one bite.

Savory tomato and cheesy tartlets…reminiscent of a gooey grilled cheese with tomato sandwich…in just one bite.

A couple weeks ago I got to go to another cooking class of my friend, P.    Thyme To Cook is the name of her business.    I always enjoy the recipes that P. comes up with…they are full of flavor, unique, yet simple to make.  I wrote about our last class here.  This class was quite ambitious, featuring P. demonstrating how to make seven summer recipes.  While I loved them all, and prepared her tomato and brie pasta for my family dinner the next day…the two I am posting here are ones I think you will enjoy as petite bite appetizers or as part of an afternoon tea menu. A petite savory tart and a bright, multi-flavored and textured summer bruschetta.

Mozzarella Appetizer Tarts – pictured above…tastes like a delicious, creamy toasted cheese sandwich on white bread with tomatoes.  Kids would love these too…and would do a nice job rolling out the bread.  Get a good quality white bread.  Recipe:

  1. 1/4 cup olive oil (I prefer using an extra virgin olive oil)
  2. 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning or a pesto
  3. one 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  4. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  5. 12 slices white bread, crusts removed
  6. 1 plum tomato, seeded and chopped
  7. 12 ounce fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 12 pieces/slices

In a small bowl, combine oil, one teaspoon Italian seasoning (or pesto).  Set aside.  In another small bowl, combine the creamed cheese, garlic, and remaining Italian seasoning (or pesto), set aside.

Flatten bread with a rolling pin … yes, a rolling pin.  Brush one side with oil mixture, place oil side down in a small muffin / tart pan. Spoon creamed cheese mixture into each cup, top with chopped tomato and cheese slice.

Bake 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted….serve warm.  Makes 12 tarts


Peach and salsa with brie bruschetta...

Peach and salsa with brie bruschetta…a lovely contradiction of flavors…sweet and hot, creamy and crunchy.

Peach Salsa and Brie Bruschetta tasted like a party.  It was so wonderfully refreshing and spicy at the same time.Recipe:

  1. 2 cups peeled and chopped peaches (about 4 peaches)
  2. 3/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  3. 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro (or if you are like me and can’t eat cilantro…use fresh parsley)
  5. 1 tablespoon lime juice
  6. 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno pepper, seeded (add more if you prefer more heat)
  7. 4 ounce chilled brie, cut into 24 pieces
  8. 1 French baguette, sliced
  9. 1/4 cup olive oil (extra virgin if possible)

Combine the first seven ingredients and let sit for 1 hour.

Brush bread with olive oil and grill until toasted

Spread brie on brea, top with peach salsa… serve at once


We truly enjoyed the cooking demonstration and learned several recipes we would use often.

P., Thyme to Cook...Summer Cooking Demonstration--P. had a really nice outdoor setting w/ mirrored station for easy viewing for the audience.  We drank wine and summer sangria while watching P. and her able sous chefs cook...can't wait for the next class

P., Thyme to Cook…Summer Cooking Demonstration–P. had a really nice outdoor setting w/ mirrored station for easy viewing for the audience. We drank wine and summer sangria while watching P. and her able sous chefs cook…can’t wait for the next class





  1. Those little snacks both look wonderful! That’s a great quick idea with the flattened bread. I really admire people who can demonstrate cookery, I can’t concentrate if there’s anyone else in my kitchen when I’m cooking, even if I’m making something I’ve made dozens of times before!

    • Yes, I just loved that “flattened bread” idea for a holder of the filling…easy and logical ..just like toasted bread. My friend P. is remarkable calm and organized when she cooks, I admire her. I too love being in the kitchen alone…moving at my own pace. Demonstrating to others works for me when I practice it ahead of time. Then I don’t forget steps and all…some people, like P., are naturals at it

  2. Num!

    • that’s a great description…num is right… reminds me of my youth, having doughy white bread with cheese and tomatoes…num