Saturday, August 1, 2009

Tweaking and Tomatoes

I have spent the last three weeks madly tweaking and perfecting KISS & TELL. And I must say, it is a thing of beauty. (literally, it's chock full o' makeup)

I was planning on going to the fair this week as a reward for all of my work but it was rained out, darnit! So, what did I do? What any good southern gal does of course, I baked! And the object of my affection was none other than a Tomato Pie.

A tomato pie can only be made in the summer and requires few ingredients, so I suggest you try one of your own. I don't like to use a recipe but you can google and find loads. Here is what I do.

First, I slice about 4 tomatoes and let 'em drain in a colander in the sink. You can salt them at this point which helps with the draining. While that's happening, I pre-bake a deep dish crust at 400 for 10 minutes. I stab it with a fork a few times first.

Then I go tweak my book or email or something.

After a few hours, when the maters are all dry, I sprinkle some parmesan cheese in the bottom of the cooled crust and layer them suckers in there. Be sure to toss in some fresh basil. The kind in the jar will NOT do. It must be fresh. And then, for the top, I just combine some shredded sharp cheese (about 2 cups) and a half a cup of mayo and spread it around.

I also shake some pepper in somewhere, and green onions if I feel like it (which is not often).

That's it! Then, I bake that baby for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees and try not to inhale it :-) Maybe you can try one too :-)

P.S. Guess which ARC I'm reading on the plane to LA??

Lindsey's Leavitt's Princess For Hire!!! I can't wait!


Stephanie Faris said...

That sounds interesting! I have a recipe for a Weight Watchers pizza casserole that just involves putting a pizza crust in a baking dish with a bunch of ingredients...and it ends up being very much like deep dish pizza. Of course, I end up adding tons of pepperoni and cheese so it's not so low-cal by the time I'm through!

Hardygirl said...

I'm so jealous of your ARC!!! I call it for the plane trip home!

Instead of the parmeson and cheddar, I like to use fresh mozarella, and I drizzle it with a little olive oil. Hmm. Could I have that for breakfast? Maybe if I fixed some bacon, too??

Less than a week until L.A.!


Suzanne said...

I LOVE this recipe! I make it every summer. I will admit, the mayo made me nervous, but it is just amazing. Everyone should try this. Thanks for sharing. And for taking my recipe for next Saturday...;)

Lisa and Laura said...

SO jealous of your ARC, your trip to LA, your completed revisions. Umm...yeah, I'm a jealous bitch today. Sorry.

And I'm definitely going to be making that tomato pie!

Suzanne Young said...

WOW! That sounds delicious! I might just have to try it!

And yay on Lindsey's book! I can't wait to start mine!!!!

See you gals soon!

Katie said...

Stephanie, That pizza pie sounds Dee-vine!

SF, I've already finished the ARC! I thought I'd take a peek and then couldn't put the dang thing down. I can't wait for the movie!

Suzanne, Agreed. Tomato pie rocks!

Lila, ummm....let's see who's the jealous one. You're funnier than me and will sell a book before me too! But I still love you :-)

Suz, we can't wait to see you too! Only 5 days!!! Holy moly, I have to pack!

PurpleClover said...

WOW! That sounds yummy!!! Glad your book is coming along nicely! I am jealous too!

Corey Schwartz said...

You southern gals crack me up! :)

Little Ms J said...

You made me hungry. Damn you, Katie! I just told Jess Jordan that I eat when working on my query, now I'm going to the fridge from reading a blog!

Have a wonderful time at the conference. If you see Alex Glass make sure you throw "Blood Follower" in the conversation somehow.

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