Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bruschetta Night

My BFF Julia was visiting from Arizona last week.  She has three kiddos and lives clear across the country so we don't get much alone time together anymore.  But both sets of her in-laws generously took the kids and we had 5 days of girl time!  It was such a treat. 

For dinner one night we made 3 different kinds of bruschetta.  (I'm not sure if they all classify as bruschetta, but I call it Bruschetta Night so please just go with it.)  All three options are vegan, although I did throw some fresh mozzarella on my traditional bruschetta.

Here's us slaving away while sipping wine. 

And here are the creations:
1.  traditional bruschetta with artichoke hearts, 
tomatoes, garlic, basil, and onions with balsamic vinegar and olive oil and
2. homemade hummus with marinated peppers

3.  sautéed mushrooms, onions, spinach, 
and garlic with balsamic vinegar and olive oil

All three were a big hit 
and earned a high five from my hubby.  
(One never knows when creatively cooking sans recipe.)
And now I'm a convert to homemade hummus-  
so easy and so much tastier.

PS:  I had my husband proofread this post, 
and he said his mouth started watering just looking at the photos.  
So I think it's a dinner I'll be making again soon 
(although sadly without Julia).


  1. Ooh, they all look delish! Such fun. I am totally going to request your recipe for homemade hummus...and I want to have a Bruschetta Night with you! I think the sautéed mushrooms, onions, spinach, and garlic with balsamic vinegar would have been my FAVE.

  2. So funny, I made homemade hummus for the first time last week too! I am definitely a convert! Love the post!

  3. Emily- That was our fav too! And um, I rarely use recipes. But the gist is puree chickpeas with garlic. Add a dash of lemon juice, a bit of salt, and a touch of hot sauce.
    Amendi- too funny!