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Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts, a Delightful Ladies Lunch

Nothing feels better after a few weeks of late nights of frozen foods and take-out, then going to the grocery store to stock up and get my hands dirty in the kitchen. So that’s just what I did a few weeks ago when I had a friend who was up for making the 30 mile trek to my house to hang out. Trust me, in the DC area coming from Virginia to Annapolis is like crossing the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon! Between dodging protests and construction it is not an easy task what-so-ever.  So why not greet my hungry traveler with a scrumptious lunch?

Tomato & Goat Cheese Tart

Tomato & Goat Cheese Tart, To Die For!

Brownie Pudding a' La Mode

Brownie Pudding a' La Mode

In the past I’ve always had a hard time making fancy lunches.  Dinner always seems like such an easier solution between fancy meat dishes or heavy soups.  So when I stumbled upon this Barefoot Contessa recipe (hello Back to Basics!) I knew I had a lunch-time winner.  This also solved another big cooking dilemma in that it serves as a lovely vegetarian option.  My chica isn’t a herbivore, but it’s still nice to have recipes for those that are, ready to go in your back pocket.

The end result was a sweet and savory tart that tasted even better than it looks!  I was a little perplexed when I read the large amount of onions it called for but once again Ina knows best.  The only change I made to the recipe was to add even a little more tomato.  And don’t let Puff Pastry scare you, its super easy to work with and so flaky and yummy!  I decided to serve the tart with an arugula salad.  If I’m making something time consuming its so much easier when I allow myself to do something simple on the side, rather than get in over my head. So pre-washed arugula it was with some quickly toasted walnuts and a store bought vinaigrette.  Not too shabby!  Of course we can’t have a good gossip fest without chocolate so I tried the Brownie Pudding from the same cookbook.  It turned out delicious although very, very rich.  Next time I might just go for the actual brownie! And it turns out its not just for ladies, Floyd came in from doing yard work and scarfed down two!  The nerve, ha! Anyone else out there got some great lunch recipes I should try?

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart recipe and Brownie Pudding recipe compliments of The Food Network.  Dig in and enjoy!


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  • Stéphanie

    Oh ! Yummy !

    June 15, 2010 at 7:08 am Reply
  • Jessica

    Oh goodness, the tart looks amazing! Sounds like a winning recipe to keep on hand!

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    June 15, 2010 at 7:14 am Reply
  • Kinsey Michaels

    Aww what a lovely little lunch! And it does look fancy! 🙂

    June 15, 2010 at 7:32 am Reply
  • jessica

    Sounds so yummy! a must try for this cook! your such a great hostess!

    June 15, 2010 at 7:46 am Reply
  • garden state prep

    This recipe sounds wonderful! I prefer larger lunches and light dinners so I’m going to have to try it out.

    June 15, 2010 at 7:51 am Reply
  • chantele

    Well they both look really yummy!

    June 15, 2010 at 7:53 am Reply
  • Jen

    Yum! I love the Barefoot Contessa. She has some great recipes. You are a good friend. For as much as I love to cook, I probably would have picked something up already made.

    June 15, 2010 at 8:10 am Reply
  • nookie

    the brownie pudding looks so yummy!

    June 15, 2010 at 8:29 am Reply
  • love lives in the kitchen

    wow! that really looks great! may i have a bite 🙂 ??
    have a sweet day,

    June 15, 2010 at 8:43 am Reply
  • blueviolet

    This all sounds quite yummy indeed!

    June 15, 2010 at 8:53 am Reply
  • Diana

    Yum! Well, my mouth is watering, how about yours? lol.

    June 15, 2010 at 9:26 am Reply
  • shelby Bukhenik

    mmmm sounds and looks delicious!

    June 15, 2010 at 9:35 am Reply
  • Sara

    Wow…that looks so yummy I just got hungry again as I am eating my breakfast!

    June 15, 2010 at 9:37 am Reply
  • Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

    Yummy! Both recipes sound and look so good! 🙂

    June 15, 2010 at 9:37 am Reply
  • Danielle

    Looks so tasty!!

    June 15, 2010 at 9:40 am Reply
  • Kristina P.

    These look amazing! That chocolate dish is making me drool.

    June 15, 2010 at 9:40 am Reply
  • Melanie's Randomness

    Oooo that looks so good!!! Yeahh I love making things at home. Goat cheese is delicous!! Yummy!!

    June 15, 2010 at 9:44 am Reply
  • hip hip gin gin

    I think I would happily trek in a covered wagon for that delicious looking lunch! Yum!

    June 15, 2010 at 9:45 am Reply
  • Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat.

    Mmmm, looks delicious!


    June 15, 2010 at 9:48 am Reply
  • Maddy

    Both look delish! I’ve been in a bit of a food rut myself lately!

    June 15, 2010 at 9:59 am Reply
  • Salt

    Delicious looking. ESPECIALLY that dessert.

    June 15, 2010 at 10:33 am Reply
  • Chic 'n Cheap Living

    Yum! Hmm I always struggle with lunch too. I made korean pancakes – pajun- today and they are usually good and easy.

    June 15, 2010 at 10:46 am Reply
  • Pres. Kathy

    Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    June 15, 2010 at 11:06 am Reply
  • Florida Girl Meets the Midwest

    Sounds perfect. I may have to whip this one up for my next girl’s lunch.

    June 15, 2010 at 11:17 am Reply
  • write-brained

    OOHHH yum looks great!

    June 15, 2010 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Jenni

    Oh my golly gosh, this puts my lunch of soup and sandwich to shame. For reals. Rather jealous. YUM!

    June 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm Reply
  • Heavenly Housewife

    Sounds fabulous daaaaaahling, what time should i come for dinner then?

    June 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm Reply
  • Cafe Fashionista

    So I am now starving. This looks YUMMY!! 🙂

    June 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm Reply
  • Phoenix Peacock

    ooo yum! I have multiple food sensitivites so I am always excited to see recipes of things I can eat guilt free! And goat cheese is pretty much the only cheese I can eat! wooohooo. I think I’ll be putting this on tomorrow’s menu!

    June 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm Reply
  • Katie

    This looks fabulous! The BC makes some awesome dishes!!

    June 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm Reply
  • Mina

    Yumm looks delish! Going to google “brownie pudding” right now!

    June 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm Reply
  • Shannon of ** Happiness Is...**

    Drooling!!!! 🙂 xo

    June 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm Reply
  • Elle Sees

    tart looks delish!@!!

    June 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • Jacqueline

    Looks delicious, Megan.
    Although I’m not a vegetarian, I do often have the vegetarian option. …and I can never resist a brownie.
    A lovely lunch for you and your friend. I will make a note of it. Like you said, it’s always good to have vegetarian dishes in your repetoire. XXXX

    June 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm Reply
  • Mara

    yum! This sounds amazing. Such a cute ladies lunch 🙂

    June 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm Reply
  • Katie

    Those look delicious!

    June 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm Reply
  • Crystal

    oh wow! You are amazing!!! I looks soooo yummy!

    June 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm Reply
  • Susan

    oh wow, it looks so yummy 🙂

    June 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm Reply
  • Bonjour Romance

    This looks like a delicious ladies lunch. Tarts always make a good impression, easy to make but everyone thinks you spent alot of time preparing it. Off to copy the recipe – Ina’s is one the best!

    June 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm Reply
  • Dancing Branflake

    I love Ina! And those recipes look way too good. Can I have lunch at your house?

    June 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm Reply
  • Cassie

    Have to agree – any type of tart is the perfect ‘lunch’ menu. I often whack all sorts on a puff pastry base.
    Try the Jus Rol website for inspiration.

    June 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm Reply
  • Allison

    Yum! I’d love the try the goat cheese tarts. We made a turine the other day in cooking class with eggplant and goat cheese/ tomatoes..It was delish.

    June 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm Reply
  • McKenzie

    Yum, yum, yum!! Looks much better than my tuna sandwich I just polished off…

    June 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm Reply
  • Josie

    That tart looks absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS, but I think tonight I’ll be trying out that brownie pudding tonight!
    xo Josie

    June 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm Reply
  • Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi

    They both look delicious!

    June 15, 2010 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • Sherin

    Wow, that looks delicious! The dessert looks so nice!!

    June 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm Reply
  • Traci B

    It sounds delightful! I’m always looking for a “different” recipe.

    June 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm Reply
  • Christy

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Beer and baseball are definitely some of the best things about summer! Love your blog! This recipe looks great!!!

    June 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm Reply
  • Diana

    Both looks so yummy…You are making my so hungry:) Thank you for those…I will try them…You are such a sweetheart:)
    Kisses and have a great day:)

    June 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm Reply
  • Shin

    I love your new blog!! The pudding looks so yummy!! xxoxoxoxoo

    June 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm Reply
  • Shin

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    June 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm Reply
  • Taylor

    That tart look great!!!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:17 pm Reply
  • Trish @ Pink Preppy Lilly Lover

    Megan! YUMMMMM! This looks fabulous! I could totally go for that tart this evening with some wine, DOUBLE YUM!! Hugs to you fabulous ladies, hope you’re enjoying your new bloggy home!! xoxox

    June 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm Reply
  • bunnie

    o m gee that looks totally delicious!!!! And the dessert! Soo… if I make a trip over there from Vancouver, I’m going to get a super delish meal right?? It IS much much farther than Virginia!


    June 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm Reply
  • Courtney

    I might seriously have to try making those tarts. They look super fancy and complicated but the recipe is fairly simple. I love illusions! Thanks, of course, for sharing these with us. Now, I’m STARVING 🙂

    June 15, 2010 at 8:00 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Fabulous

    How delicious and fab! Thanks for the recipes! I am definitely trying that tart asap. 🙂

    June 15, 2010 at 8:23 pm Reply
  • jade

    Sounds delicious!

    June 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm Reply
  • joan

    I don’t think I’ve ever before SALIVATED while reading a post…until NOW!! Those look AWESOME!

    The new site looks TERRIFIC!! Best of luck to you in your new “home!”

    June 15, 2010 at 9:17 pm Reply
  • Cecilia

    Oh that tart looks so good!!! Now I’m hungry for second dinner!! 🙂 xo

    June 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm Reply
  • Silver Strands

    The lunch looks great – the dessert: MAJOR YUM!

    June 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • Chelsea

    That goat cheese tart look yum-o! I will have to try it soon – thanks for sharing!


    June 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • Grace

    Wow, that looks very delicious! I’m a sucker for brownies; but add ice cream and wow, I’m in love.

    June 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm Reply
  • Melissa

    Mmm, looks so delicious!

    June 15, 2010 at 11:22 pm Reply
  • Elaine, clothed much

    Mmmm! Those look great!

    June 16, 2010 at 3:07 am Reply
  • carlotta

    Hi girls, thank you for letting me know your new url I’ve updated the link in my blogroll!

    June 16, 2010 at 3:34 am Reply
  • Amber's notebook

    I should not have read this at 2:15 in the morning when I can’t sleep and was debating a late night snakc…YUMM!

    June 16, 2010 at 5:14 am Reply
  • Imogen

    I just found your new site. which is good to know. These meals look so delicious would love to have some now!

    June 16, 2010 at 5:41 am Reply
  • lenorenevermore

    adore Ina Garten!

    June 16, 2010 at 5:51 am Reply
  • Leia's Delights

    Mmm looks yummy!

    June 16, 2010 at 7:32 am Reply
  • Leia's Delights

    that looks DELISH!

    June 16, 2010 at 7:36 am Reply
  • Christine Vi

    That looks amazing! My roommates are vegetarian so I’ve had a difficult time coming up with dinner ideas. This looks great though!

    June 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm Reply
  • Betty Manousos

    Delicious, tasty, delightful, yummy!
    Now I’m hungry!
    B xx

    June 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm Reply
  • cassie

    Yum! I need to try these! Actually, I wish that someone would just bring them to me in my office right now 🙂

    June 16, 2010 at 3:38 pm Reply
  • cashmere pearls & boots

    i love barefoot contessa! and giada of course… if only i could look that gorgeous and cook that beautifully!!!

    June 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm Reply
  • ModernMom

    Looks Delish!!

    June 16, 2010 at 7:55 pm Reply
  • Marz

    I love goat cheese anything and this just looks yummy!

    June 16, 2010 at 10:56 pm Reply
  • Carol

    That tart looks amazing!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 12:03 am Reply
  • Fifi Flowers

    That looks like a perfectly divine lunch… yum!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:00 am Reply
  • Karen

    Ohmigosh, I want all of that right this second! You’re right: the Barefoot Contessa can do no wrong 🙂

    June 17, 2010 at 9:16 am Reply
  • Sierra

    Great recipe and I love love Barefoot Contessa! 🙂

    June 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm Reply
  • Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes

    Obviously I’m obsessed with this lunch – everything Ina! And I’ve been dying to make both of these recipes. That was a lucky guest! xxSAS

    June 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm Reply

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