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Today I hosted a brunch for the first time in a long time. It was a delight to put together the menu as I had seen a recipe on my facebook feed that inspired me (one of those sponsored posts!!).

I didn’t think it would turn out so I tested the recipe during the week to ensure that is was “guest worthy”. Guess what? It worked and was indeed guest worthy.

It’s a freakin’ brilliant recipe. The star of the recipe is …WONDER BREAD (believe it or not) and your rolling pin.

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All you need is just a few ingredients and bingo you will have your main course!!

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Here’s the recipe for Cinnamon Toast Roll Ups (original recipe here)

8 slices of WONDERBREAD
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese (I added a touch of cream cheese too)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

3/4 cup butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Trim crusts from bread and flatten each slice with a rolling-pin.

2. In a medium bowl, combine Ricotta Cheese with a touch of cream cheese and stir until smooth.

3. In a separate bowl, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon; set aside.

4. Spread about 2 tablespoons of Ricotta Cheese mixture on each slice of bread. Roll up, jelly roll style. Dip in melted butter, then in cinnamon-sugar.

4. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Final Results

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I served this along with:

-A gorgeous salad. (hint it was worth the visit to Wychwood Barns Farmers Market to pick up the edible flowers and the gorgeous salad mix)

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-Spiralized cucumber salad

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-Mozzarella, Basil and Tomato with a Balsamic Glaze (that I made myself. Thank. You. Very. Much!!

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-Baked oatmeal cups (oops can’t find the photo)

-Watermelon Skewers dipped in Campari

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-Baked eggs in a bun!!

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As for refreshments: I served Campari in Soda with the cutest straws that I picked up at Michaels. By the way, I can’t remember the last time I went into Michaels but I clearly need to go more often. I could have bought a lot more than just the straws!!

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More recipes in upcoming upcoming blogs K?. I promise.

Happy Brunch-ing

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Who else is excited that tomatoes are in season? All I want to do is make tomato sauce, tomato soup and tomato ricotta tarts!! This recipe is from Martha Stewart and I’ve been using it since 2005. (I have proof). It’s a winner cause it’s simple and it’s pretty. Serve this along with a few side salads and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice meal.

TOMATO RICOTTA TART  (from  Martha Stewart)


2 cups coarse fresh breadcrumbs (I  make my own and you should takes 5 seconds and it’s worth it)

1/4 cup olive oil

1 cup whole milk ricotta

1/2 cup grated parmesan

2 large egggs

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (or dried)

salt and pepper

1 1/2 pounds thinly sliced beefsteak tomatoes (I use a pint of cherry tomatoes – orange and red for the added “prettiness” factor”)


1. Preheat overn to 450 degrees. In a 9 inch springform pan, toss breadcrumbs with olive oil. Press evenly into bottom

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2. In a bowl, whisk ricotta with Parmesan, eggs and basil. Season generously with salt and pepper. Spread over crust.

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3. Arrange tomatoes on top. Brush with olive oil. (I always forget this step).

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4. Bake until tomatoes are almost dry for about 35-  45 minutes. Let cool. Unmold. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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As mentioned, serve this tart with some side salads and you have got yourself a pretty nice meal.

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Happy Cooking. What is your favorite dish to make with tomatoes? Do share.

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