friyay happy hour: dirty shirley

hallelujah. 

we made it. to say i'm happy it is friyay would be the understatement of the year. now that i've got a beverage in my belly and some time in the ocean under my belt, i'm finally starting to RELAX. 

in the last two weeks i've taught two dozen spin and yoga classes, a dozen swim lessons, made a dozen cakes and catered for a dozen girls. and i capped it all off this morning, teaching yoga to a class that include my studios founder. i can't lie, i was heavily feeling the nerves. but it is over, it went great, and i survived the marathon of dozens. 

after the madness, it was drink time. my girlfriend nicole is in town from colorado and she is loving shirley temples these days, so we made a twist on the classic lemon lime soda + grenadine drink. 

dirty shirley
serves: 1 cocktail 
prep time: 10 minutes 
active time: 2 minutes 
total time: 12 minutes ingredients: 5 oz lemon lime soda (sprite or 7up). 2 oz vodka. .5 oz campari. .5 oz grenadine. 5 bing cherries. basil sprig for garnish. cup of ice. 
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start by breaking up 3 of your cherries and soaking them in the vodka, letting the vodka infuse with the cherry flavor. you could soak these for ten minutes, up to overnight if you like. after the cherries soaked, strain out the cherry chunks. 
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in a glass with all your ice, pour in the grenadine and campari. 
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pour in the cherry infused vodka.
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top off with lemon-lime soda. 
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garnish with basil and the remaining cherries and enjoy. 
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xo, a

dirty shirley serves: 1 cocktail
prep time: 10 minutes
active time: 2 minutes
total time: 12 minutes ingredients: 5 oz lemon lime soda (sprite or 7up). 2 oz vodka. .5 oz campari. .5 oz grenadine. 5 bing cherries. basil sprig for garnish. cup of ice. start by breaking up 3 of your cherries and soaking them in the vodka, letting the vodka infuse with the cherry flavor. you could soak these for ten minutes, up to overnight if you like. after the cherries soaked, strain out the cherry chunks. in a glass with all your ice, pour in the grenadine and campari. pour in the cherry infused vodka. top off with lemon-lime soda. garnish with basil and the remaining cherries and enjoy. 

heirloom tomato tart + oat & sunflower crust

over the weekend, wes and i catered an event for my good friend lish down in laguna. it was a beautiful backyard lunch, and the food really needed to live up to its surroundings. with the invent of instagram, now more than ever, the pressure is on to produce STUNNING food. food is not just about the taste. it needs to look, smell AND taste good. not to mention, it has to be texturally pleasing. basically the only sense i don't have to stress on is hearing. the point is, i was feeling the pressure to make REALLY PRETTY food. 

the cherry on top? we had gluten free guests. so many of my normal tips and tricks had to go out the window and i had to get really creative. 

insert this tart. the oat & sunflower crust is a flavor packed alternative to the traditional flour based crust of a tart. heirloom tomatoes and basil are a no brainer summer combo, not only for their bright vibrant colors, but for their perfect flavor pairing. mix in some delicious cheese and a couple eggs and you have a sure crowd pleaser on all fronts. try to have just one piece. i dare you. 

heirloom tomato tart + oat & sunflower seed crust 
serves: 8-10 
prep time: 10 minutes 
active time: 20 minutes 
bake time: 1 hour total time: 1 hour 30 minutes 
ingredients: 1.25 cups rolled oats. .75 cup unsalted sunflower seeds. 5 tbs very cold butter, plus a bit extra for the tart pan. 3 tbs cold water. 1 tsp kosher salt, divided. 1 large or two small heirloom tomatoes, sliced thin. 5 oz herbed goat cheese. 5 oz ricotta cheese. 5 oz white cheddar, grated. 2 eggs. 2 garlic cloves, minced. .25 cup caramelized onions. 3 tbs basil leaves, divided. .25 fresh ground pepper. 9 inch round or large square tart pan. food processor. baking sheet. parchment paper. 
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start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees f. in the bowl of your food process, blend up the oats until they are fine.
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add in the sunflower seeds and once again blend until you have almost a flour like powder. 
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add in half the salt and the butter, pulse until you have pea sized crumbs. 
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with the food processor on, pour in the cold water till the dough has combined in the bowl of the processor. 
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it may still be a bit crumbly, that's ok. lightly butter the sides and base of your tart pan. 
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dump the crust dough into the tart pan. use your hands to press the dough into the shell and up the sides. 
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prick the shell base with a fork and bake the crust for 15-20 minutes until it starts to turn a very light golden brown. be careful not to over cook it as the crust will have to go back into the oven. 
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once your tart crust is baking, line a baking sheet with parchment and set out all your tomato slices to roast. roast the tomatoes till they are starting to dry up (we are trying to eliminate the moisture from the tomatoes). about 30 minutes. be careful not to over do the tomatoes as well. 

while the crust is baking and tomatoes are roasting, make your filling. in a medium bowl, combine the rest of the salt, the pepper, 2 tbs of basil (roughly chopped), the caramelized onions, all three cheeses and the garlic. add in the two eggs and mix everything till well combined. 
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when your tomatoes are done, start to fill up your crust with the filling. top the filling with an even layer of the roasted tomatoes. 
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bake till set and no longer giggly, about 15-20 minutes. 
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remove from the oven and allow it to cool so you can handle it. remove the tart from the pan. use the remaining 1 tbs of basil as fresh garnish for the top of the tart, either slicing them up thin or just using leaves. whatever you prefer. slice and enjoy. 
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xo, a

heirloom tomato tart + oat & sunflower seed crust 
serves: 8-10 
prep time: 10 minutes 
active time: 20 minutes 
bake time: 1 hour 
total time: 1 hour 30 minutes 
ingredients: 1.25 cups rolled oats. .75 cup unsalted sunflower seeds. 5 tbs very cold butter, plus a bit extra for the tart pan. 3 tbs cold water. 1 tsp kosher salt, divided. 1 large or two small heirloom tomatoes, sliced thin. 5 oz herbed goat cheese. 5 oz ricotta cheese. 5 oz white cheddar, grated. 2 eggs. 2 garlic cloves, minced. .25 cup caramelized onions. 3 tbs basil leaves, divided. .25 fresh ground pepper. 9 inch round or large square tart pan. food processor. baking sheet. parchment paper. 
start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees f. in the bowl of your food process, blend up the oats until they are fine. add in the sunflower seeds and once again blend until you have almost a flour like powder. add in half the salt and the butter, pulse until you have pea sized crumbs. with the food processor on, pour in the cold water till the dough has combined in the bowl of the processor. it may still be a bit crumbly, that's ok. lightly butter the sides and base of your tart pan. dump the crust dough into the tart pan. use your hands to press the dough into the shell and up the sides. prick the shell base with a fork and bake the crust for 15-20 minutes until it starts to turn a very light golden brown. be careful not to over cook it as the crust will have to go back into the oven. once your tart crust is baking, line a baking sheet with parchment and set out all your tomato slices to roast. roast the tomatoes till they are starting to dry up (we are trying to eliminate the moisture from the tomatoes). about 30 minutes. be careful not to over do the tomatoes as well. while the crust is baking and tomatoes are roasting, make your filling. in a medium bowl, combine the rest of the salt, the pepper, 2 tbs of basil (roughly chopped), the caramelized onions, all three cheeses and the garlic. add in the two eggs and mix everything till well combined. when your tomatoes are done, start to fill up your crust with the filling. top the filling with an even layer of the roasted tomatoes. bake till set and no longer giggly, about 15-20 minutes. remove from the oven and allow it to cool so you can handle it. remove the tart from the pan. use the remaining 1 tbs of basil as fresh garnish for the top of the tart, either slicing them up thin or just using leaves. whatever you prefer. slice and enjoy.