My Little Escape

I only get 30 minutes for lunch so I try to make that time as nice as possible. It normally never works out that way, as I am working and eating at the same time. There are many days I wish people would just understand that the person answering their technical questions has the right to eat and go to the bathroom even though they might not think so. You may not believe it but I have had people tell me that before. That their only being able to print to 5 printers instead of 6 was more important than basically anything I could possibly have to do. Honestly I could tell you some good stories but that could take days! Gotta love the service industry. So to keep myself sane and not wanting to just hang up on people as soon as they are rude. I try to make myself interesting lunches so that I have something to look forward to. When I made the Pear Almond Tarts I had a sheet of Puff Pastry left over and thought it would be nice to have a tart for lunch. I had just finished watching my DVR'd shows and one of them was of course Barefoot Contessa. She made a tomato tart and it looked really good but I didn't like all of the components. So I made up my own I think I could have eaten 10 of them they were so good. Sometimes the simplest things bring the most pleasure.
BLT Tart

1 sheet of thawed puff pastry, cut into 4 squares
4 campari tomatoes, thinly sliced or 2 Roma tomatoes
1/3 cup of blue cheese crumbles
3 strips of bacon, cooked til crisp and chopped into bits
2 tablespoons of chopped chives

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a parchment lined baking sheet place the 4 squares and cut a shallow border all the way around the square about 1/4 of inch from the edge. Place 3 or 4 tomato slices inside that border and sprinkle with blue cheese. Bake for 15 minutes and then while they are still warm top with bacon and chives and enjoy.


  1. it is simple, yet still quite elegant and undoubtedly tasty. very nice.
    i only get 30 minutes for lunch too, and it drives me crazy when people interrupt my eating. crazy, i tell you. :)

  2. This looks absolutely wonderful and perfect for tomorrow. Bet it tastes fabulous! Great photo!

  3. Yum! These look delish! I will have to bookmark this to make very soon!

  4. YES! Now I can prepare a wonderful dinner for my ravenous kids that I know they will enjoy and that I can afford.

    You know, when life hands you a major DEFEAT like it did me, I have to make my public assistance go as far as it can.

    Thank you!

  5. Katie, I agree. Sometimes it's the simplest things that give us the most pleasure. These tarts are fantastic. Simple, yet elegant and delicious. Good job my friend.

  6. Oh man, I love BLT sandwiches and now I'm in total food "lust" over this tart. :)

  7. I'm so glad that you had this little escape. It should be mandatory for all people to work in service, retail, or a restaurant for at least one may change the way they treat the people around them.

  8. This looks delicious - I love campari tomatoes, they're so good!


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