Gray Code

Yesterday it rained all day and night. Today when my wife and I woke up the outside temperature was 58F. Not that cold but it called for long sleeve t-shirts.

Last night rain did wonders for lawns. They are starting to look very green and lush. It seems that on Friday we might get some additional rain which is good for farmers and lawns.

Over the long weekend my wife and I prepared bruschettas. Coming from Italian parents, while growing up, I consumed my fair share of this antipasto.

In the past few years we have prepared them now and then. This past long weekend my wife and I decided to prepare different flavored bruschettas before lunch. They were simple to prepare and we had them with beer, red and white wine and Prosecco. Prosecco is the champagne of Italy as Cava is the champagne of Spain. The change in names was required after the French patented the name champagne only to be used for sparkling wine produced in some parts of France.

You can use any bread, slice it and toast it until it gets a light golden brown color. We prefer to use Ciabatta or Focaccia bread. Yes, my family comes from the Ligurian region in Italy.

We get packages of four Ciabatta rolls at Trader Joe’s. We keep them in the fridge. With a serrated knife we slice them diagonally with a thickness of ½ inch or so. We put them in a convection oven at 450F until they turn light golden brown. My mouth is starting to water thinking about how good these things are.

We also get at Trader Joe’s a variety of jars of tapenades. They are reasonably priced and the flavors are incredible.

Once the bread is done, we pull it out of the oven and moved the pieces to a serving platter. We get a couple jars of tapenade and two spoons that are used to get about a full spoon of tapenade on to a piece of bread. Open your mouth wide and place the bruschetta in it. If you try them, please leave me a comment. I think they taste extremely good!!! Continue reading “Gray Code”