There is just something about the sight of a Moose running through your neighbor’s pasture that strikes fear in one’s being… Here in Montana, it isn’t everyday we get such a treat, but then again you really don’t want to come very close to one of these creatures. They are scary!! We have seen 2 in the year we have lived here but various friends share tales of being chased by them. This was a moose which we saw while driving over Skalkaho Pass last summer and we were all safe inside the truck.
Today is a great day to make Bruschetta! It’s such a rustic versatile dip that Greg begs me to make all the time since moving to Montana. We discovered a store in the Missoula Mall called Oil & Vinegar!
If you’ve ever been in one of these stores (they are all around the country) you may have spotted my little secret ingredient…
I love this store so much that I went a little crazy and sent some tasty jars of spices to various family members for Christmas this year. I love spices! I love spice stores!! Another favorite spice store of mine is The Spice and Tea Exchange in Charleston, South Carolina… The nice people at the counter of the Oil & Vinegar Store provide little recipe cards when you purchase a jar (shown above), but I never really follow directions very well. My family often taunts me about the fact that I hate following directions… When it comes to cooking, I would rather just dive in and try something. Which explains why I am not the best at baking because it actually requires measuring and being exact too much. There are some exceptional recipes which I don’t mind following exactly, but for the most part I leave desserts to Savannah and Charlotte. They each have a sweet tooth and love of chemistry which spurs them on to the baking of delicious sweets. I have gotten better over the years about writing things down as I go.
This Bruschetta can be served with bread as an appetizer. Greg enjoys it Sunday afternoons while strumming his guitar and watching movies like
The Quiet Man or a western like The Good, The Bad & The Ugly… Sometimes we have it with pasta!
or Roasted Potatoes
or with this Polenta stuff when Charlotte has a sleepover and I need a quick snack for hungry teenage dancers… It is wonderful topped with some shredded parmesan!
If you don’t have the secret ingredient, you can substitute some sun dried tomatoes! And by the way, you can either use a food processor or hand chop it for a chunkier version. So here is the recipe.
1/4 Cup of Bruschetta Originale Mix
1/2 Cup of fresh chopped Basil or Oregano
1 Tbsp. dried Chives
4 Cloves Garlic (pressed or finely chopped)
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
4 Roma Tomatoes (or 2 large tomatoes)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Mix all the ingredients well and serve with some crispy toast points or slices of your favorite baguette. You can prepare ahead and store it in the refrigerator for a day or 2 and then use it as a sauce for whatever you want!