Peach & Tomato Bruschetta and a Little Pea Baby Shower

by heidi on September 8, 2011

Baby toes, baby breath, baby kisses right in the crook of their fat, little, creased neck. The things I crave when I hear a friend is going to have a baby.

So when a bunch of Utah food bloggers got together to celebrate the beautiful-babe-to-soon-be of our friends Maria and Josh of Two Peas and Their Pod, it was the perfect excuse to get together and talk about two of our favorite things. Babies and food. Big surprise there, right?

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But thanks to a long day at work and juggling after school pick-ups, I had zero time to bake or track down the perfect recipe for my contribution to the pot luck eat-ivities. I had to come up with something fast.

So with a freshly delivered sack of Brigham City peaches delivered to my house the day before–by our friend Paul, who could be  dropping off anything from a convenience store freezer to a sack full of sprinkler heads—I knew peaches would be in the mix.

Next, I hit the garden, harvested some basil, pulled a few ripe Early Girl tomatoes—that Paul planted as a surprise one weekend while I was away, so HE’D have fresh tomatoes this summer—and a few yellow, zebra and orange cherry tomatoes, I grabbed some garlic and then the olive oil and I was on my way.

So how did the bruschetta turn out? Let’s just say Maria went back for thirds. And then took the rest home to Josh. HOME RUN!

Peach and Tomato Bruschetta

Yield: makes 3 cups

Ingredients

2-3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 peaches, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, one smashed and left whole, the other chopped finely
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, slivered
1/4 cup plus 1/8 cup fruity olive oil, divided
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
sourdough baguette

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, sauté 1/4 cup olive oil with smashed clove of garlic over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until fragrant, being careful not to let garlic burn. Remove from heat. Slice the baguette in 1/4 inch slices and brush with olive oil mixture. Place rounds in toaster oven and toast in batches until lightly browned. Let cool. Combine all other ingredients and mix gently.
  2. Top baguette rounds with fruit mixture and serve immediately.
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TIP: I served the bruschetta in a bowl with toasted sourdough crostinis on the side so the little buggers wouldn’t sog up and be party poopers. But if you are serving straight away, definitely top the crostini rounds with the fruity mixture and serve on a platter. And don’t skip seeding the tomatoes or you’ll end up with a soup. A very tasty soup, but that’s a different blog post.

Big shout outs to Barbara of Barbara Bakes for hostessing at her lovely home and Deb of Taste and Tell for hatching the plan.

And now, who’s ready to PAR-TAE?

Kalyn making her way to the baby shower feast and look at that cute baby boy decor thanks to Deb’s cute, crafty sister.

Okay I’m hungry again all over.

From left: The lady of the hour, Two Peas and Their Expanding Pod‘s Maria, Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks, Annalise of Completely Delicious and Deb of Taste and Tell who brought on the baby cravings with her little man Easton.

Creamy, orangeliscious-ness was on our hostess-with-the-mostess Barbara of Barbara Bakes’ menu, with her Creamy Orange Fruit Dip, fruity, light and the perfect compliment to the baby-smorgasbord.

Dara of Cookin’ Canuck gave us all a bit of the northern lights with her Smoked Salmon Appetizer, a riff on one of her popular blog posts of Smoked Salmon and Horseradish Mascarpone in Wonton Cups

The beauty contest award went to Kalyn’s Kitchen’s Marinated Tomato Salad with Parsley thanks to Kalyn’s prolific zebra tomato bounty. You know from her blog that her homegrown zebras are a favorite summertime ingredient. And for that Kalyn, we thank you. BTW, she uses this to fertilize those lush beauties.

Tiffany of Food Finery was another daredevil in the group, bringing a recipe she’d ingeniously whipped up just the night before the party, her Hot Crab Dip, with lots of fresh crab chunks in a creamy center served with freshly made white corn tortilla triangles.

Kelley’s Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad (above right hand corner) is another recipe that has yet made it to one of our favorite blogs, but we hope to see it on Mountain Mama Cooks soon so you can savor the perfect balance of noodles and roasted veg, light but fulfilling.

And of course there was no shortage in the dessert department. First round went to Deb’s mother’s secret Eclair recipe, which sadly for you has yet to make it to a Taste and Tell‘s blog post. So, just to let you know, you totally missed out on these babies. Not to be outdone, Becky of The Vintage Mixer pimped out a one of my favorite childhood treat of mint chocolate wafers replicated in the fine Mint Chocolate Pudding Dessert Shots. Dessert. In a cute baby cup. Nuff said.

Becky of The Vintage Mixer getting her baby fix.

As if we didn’t need enough baby encouragement already, Easton may have given Maria a false sense of babydom, because he is the most mellow baby ever. I mean, has the kid EVER cried?

Okay. The most perfect gift ever. Way to outdo us all Tiffany.

Dara, the perfect guest, taking notes for the mom-to-be.

Barb loves Kaylyn‘s favorite baby gift: Osh Kosh overalls.

top row from left: Tiffany of Food Finery, Sandra of Everyday Southwest, Barbara of Barbara Bakes, Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod, Donna of Everyday Southwest, Annalise of Completely Delicious, Kate and Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen

bottom row from left: Heidi of FoodieCrush, Lindsey of Cafe Johnsonia, Dara of Cookin’ Canuck, Becky of The Vintage Mixer, Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks and Deborah of Taste and Tell

Didn’t get your baby fill here? Well then you must check out the virtual baby shower that many of Maria’s www friends threw for her, with so many delicious recipes any mama-to-be’s cravings will be a thing of the past.

photos: FoodieCrush

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 8, 2011 at 4:58 am

I saw all the virtual posts and seriously, between all those posts and this real shower…I am just blown away by the lovely women who have come together in the sphere! I wish all moms-to-be could be so fortunate! Maria deserves it :)

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heidi September 8, 2011 at 8:07 am

I just wish we could all have done it as one big shebang together! More reasons for more babies.

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes September 8, 2011 at 5:57 am

Such a fun post. I especially love the word eat-ivities. We definitely did a lot of that! The pictures are great. I’d love to add the group picture and a link to your post from my fruit dip post if that’s alright with you.

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heidi September 8, 2011 at 8:06 am

Of course Barb, use the photo. Thanks again for hostessing!

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Bev Weidner September 8, 2011 at 6:55 am

This. is. so. cute. Just looking at all that gorgeous food has me eating my own face.

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heidi September 8, 2011 at 8:09 am

Save some of that gorg face for the rest of us, we like looking at it.

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Kelley September 8, 2011 at 7:03 am

Heidi, what a fun night! We need to blog about our comfort foods soon!! Thanks for the beautiful photos, as always, and finally a recipe for the peach-tomato salsa that I seemed to be craving for days after!

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heidi September 8, 2011 at 8:09 am

I’m announcing the post next week and will send you an e-mail prior! Fan-cookin’-tastic!

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Cookin' Canuck September 8, 2011 at 8:24 am

Heidi, that was such a fun time – the perfect way to welcome Maria’s soon-to-be new addition. Your photos are gorgeous, as usual, and that Peach Tomato Bruschetta was so darn good.

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Maria September 8, 2011 at 8:34 am

Thanks for the baby shower recap! I am so sad I forgot my camera that night. I didn’t forget my appetite though. All of the food was amazing-including your peach tomato bruschetta. Loved it! I am so lucky to have so many wonderful blogging friends. We can’t wait for all of you to meet our little pea:) Thanks for everything Heidi!

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heidi September 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm

So happy for you, can’t wait to meet the little man.

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Deborah September 8, 2011 at 9:09 am

What a great recap!! Loved that bruschetta, and I’m so glad I have the recipe now! I was so glad to spend time with such great ladies – I can’t wait until we have an excuse to do it again!

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Kalyn September 8, 2011 at 9:11 am

It was a fun night wasn’t it. Thanks for the nice words about my salad. Your photos are great (although I hate seeing photos of myself with a passion! How did you sneak that in?)

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heidi September 10, 2011 at 3:55 pm

You might not like being in photos, but WE LIKE SEEING YOU! I’m just sneaky that way.

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bridget {bake at 350} September 8, 2011 at 10:07 am

Oh, how totally FUN!!! Can’t wait to meet the new little pea! :)

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Tiffany September 8, 2011 at 10:17 am

Love this re-cap post!!! What a delicious and fun night we all had… Great group photo!

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heidi September 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I’m still dreaming about that crab dip.

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marla September 8, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Heidi, this post is amazing and oh so happy!! Everything you guys made for Maria’s shower is spectacular! Are you in any of these photos? It was not until this week that I realized you were a Utah gal & that you are great buddies with so many people I know, including Maria. Were you at evo? If so we did not meet there…..did we?? When will I get to meet you?!

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heidi September 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I was at Evo! Yes, we do need to meet sometime soon, come back and visit Park City, I’ll give you the nickel tour.

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Alicia September 9, 2011 at 9:27 am

This was delicious! I had a late dinner obligation, but was so hungry I couldn’t wait. So when I saw this quick & tasty recipe, I made it in a hurry and had my own appetizer prior to dinner. My husband and I enjoyed it so much we may have spoiled our dinner appetites, but it was worth it. Thanks for posting! {..and by the way that looks like one delicious baby shower}

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Lisa {With Style and Grace} September 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

You’re all such an amazing group of friends/bloggers, I’m sure Maria felt incredibly loved! As always, beautiful shots ;)

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heidi September 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Thanks Lisa, and so great to rounded all of the rest of the bloggers up to celebrate.

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Becky at VintageMixer September 13, 2011 at 9:43 am

Thanks for the great round up! I did get my baby fix…he was a cutie!

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Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) September 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm

That was the best baby shower food ever. Not that I would expect anything less from the best food bloggers in the world. :)

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heidi September 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm

So glad we all got together and noshed

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Jt Clough | Big Island Dog September 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I’m always amazed when I come read one of your posts at how many cool things there are to eat. Without you these days, I’m sure I’d be returning to my same old standard, “There’s nothing that I can think of to make so I’ll just quick eat some cheese and crackers.”

Then I started participating in the Eat Only Local Food Challenge and I really had to start looking.
Even though there are parts of these recipes that I can’t get locally, I’m finding I can modify some of them and end up with some great tasting food, even while taking a challenge like this. Just cut out the sourdough baguette and the challenge goes on.

Mahalo for the great food ideas!

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heidi September 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

THX Jt, so many things to eat AND cook out there!

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