Recently, my dad turned 85 years old. We celebrated with a birthday lunch at my house. I want to share the recipe for the yummiest tomato dish shown above. I don't know what it's called but I found it in a magazine a few years ago and have enjoyed it ever since.
Let's call it Roasted Tomato Bruschetta.
One Basket cherry tomatoes
Sliced sourdough bread
One garlic clove
Italian herb (oregano, thyme, Italian or any similar)
Place the washed cherry tomatoes in a pan. Add olive oil to coat plus a little extra (this will make some added juice). Sprinkle with an herb. Roast in the oven at 400 - 425 degrees until the cherry tomatoes start to burst and the oil bubbles (about 20 minutes or so). Toast the bread slices and rub with the garlic clove. Spoon the tomatoes onto the bread and drizzle the olive oil mixture onto each one. Yum - enjoy!
The main dish was this orzo pasta with heirloom tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and pesto.
Let me tell you something funny about my dad. He is one of the few people who do not enjoy getting a handmade card from me. He loves getting a Hallmark card. He reads all the words intently and then smiles and says "I love you guys". Now, he never said he didn't like my cards, he just didn't react much. But when he gets the Hallmark card, you can just tell he likes it so much better. We always look for one with lots of words. "Happy Birthday on your special day" will not cut it. No, it must have lots of words on both sides of the card.
After the card, he opened his present. Like me, Dad loves to read and always enjoys a book.
Dad never goes home without a fruit basket. I pick out all the fruits he likes at the farmer's market and assemble them into a basket for him. Each time he comes over, he brings the basket back and we just keep refilling it. Happy Birthday, Dad!