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Tomato and Sharp Cheddar Whole Wheat Tart


When I was in high school my parents used to make me see a nutritionist because they were so worried about the amount of sugar I ate. I had to make a deal that I would eat at least one real meal a day consisting of no sugar and some protein. I had eating habits resembling that of 8 year olds and the Easter Bunny, and my parents were determined to change me. I’d like to think that since high school my diet has changed, although this blog has not helped my case. I no longer carry Gobstoppers at all times, and my one real meal a day has even increase to two. Making the parents proud.

I typically don’t include savory dishes, but this tart was too pretty to pass up. And the whole wheat crust was pretty life changing, so I decided to make an exception.


Whole Wheat Crust

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour, plus more as needed


  1. Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
  2. Combine the butter, sugar, and salt in a large bowl and stir until evenly incorporated.
  3. Add the measured flour and stir until just combined and a soft dough forms.
  4. Sprinkle the dough over the bottom of a well buttered 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Using a measuring cup or your fingers, evenly press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pan (flour the cup occasionally to prevent sticking).



  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar
  • 7 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 finely sliced large tomato


  1. Beat eggs, thyme, salt and pepper until eggs begin to froth.
  2. Sprinkle the cheese on the bottom of the tart evenly.
  3. Arrange the slices of tomato over the cheese.
  4. Gently pour the egg mixture over the tomato.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30- 35 minutes or until egg mixture is set.



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Espresso Brownies with Hot Chocolate Frosting


For as long as I can remember I’ve always been obsessed with soda. It all started with the the invention of Pepsi Blue. I had never really been allowed soda before Pepsi Blue but for some reason was allowed to purchase this at any connivence store stop. Maybe my parents thought it was so disgusting and toxic looking, that we would be turned of soda forever. Or because it was limited edition, my brother and I would not be able to get addicted. How wrong they were. Nothing is more satisfying then drinking a liquid that closely resembles toilet cleaner in color, and battery acid in taste. Through my childhood this developed into a sickly obsession with overly sugary sodas. It took reaching the point that I couldn’t get out of bed without a Mountain Dew, to realize I needed to change.

Although it was hard to quit cold turkey, I switched my caffeine dependency to a healthier vice, coffee. I may over load my coffee with creamer and Stevia, but hey it’s better than Dr. Pepper right. I still have not mastered how to brew the desired amount of coffee, and decided to put the extra to good use in some brownies. As for the frosting, there are complimentary packets of hot chocolate in my apartment lobby. Best explanation I could come up with, but trust me it’s delicious…

Brownie recipe: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/deep-dark-fudgy-brownies-recipe

Frosting recipe: http://cookiesandcups.com/hot-chocolate-frosting/






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