Friday, May 6, 2011

Recipe of the Month: Crostini Any Way You Like It & the Giveaway Winner

May's recipe du jour is Crostini.
Not a specific type, just any way you like it.

Here's how it's done:
{so easy it's almost shameful to have as a "recipe," but you'll love me for it.}
 Any sort of baguette or crusty bread will do - it's a very nice way to use up day old bread that just isn't quite what it used to be.
In fact, you might find yourself buying lovely loaves of bread and "accidentally" letting them go a bit stale just so you can have the happy occasion to make crostini.

Slice the bread into 1-inch thick slices.
Place on a baking sheet or stone in a single layer.
Drizzle or brush with olive oil {be generous, my darlings}.
Broil until just golden.
Flip and broil the other side until golden.
Top with cheese of your choice and a chutney or vegetable topping.

You can use whatever cheese/chutney combination you desire.
If it's a flavor you like, it will work.
But here are some of my personal favorites...

pictured above is the combo:

lingonberry preserves

for an Italian flare:
fresh mozarella
tomatoes and basil
{rub some raw garlic on the warm crostini just after it emerges from the oven}

the one I served on New Year's Eve {and my personal favorite}:
cranberry ginger chutney
recipe HERE
I've found that the combination of slightly pungent cheese and sweet/tart jams, compotes or chutneys gives the best taste.
Really, try combining whatever you find in your fridge.
You might be quite surprised!

This is such a quick, easy throw-together snack {or lunch} and you get a huge return on your efforts.
They're pretty and I don't think there's much else in this great big world of ours that tastes quite as good.
If you aren't already, you'll be a crostini-holic soon after you make these babies.

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And now...for the giveaway winner.
I'm so glad I gave a bit extra time for entries - we had a few stragglers enter yesterday.
{I use the word "straggler" in the most endearing way, I assure you.}

But, the winner of the 3 Silly Monkey's Animal Pillow is....







Lindsey Book

Which I am so happy about because she is about to have her first boy - in a home full of girlie girls
{plus her husband...can't forget about him}
and she could use a good start to her "boy things" collection.

So, Linds, I know how to get in contact with you.
You'll be hearing from me soon!

A little reminder:
Just because you didn't win the giveaway doesn't mean you can't have a little something from
Check out the etsy site; Cynthia has great prices on her products.
 and they're all handmade and great quality.

Thank you all for entering.

Happy Weekend!

*winner was chosen at random by*


jessica m said...

This is my all time easy indulgent food esp. while I am with child. My fav combo is tomato-basil-parm&mozza cheeses :) MmmMmm!

Lindsey B. said...

NO WAY!!!! I am so excited!! These pillows are adorable and will be perfect in Mr. Baby Book's room!!! Thank you Ashley for hosting this and thank you 3 Silly Monkey's for making such adorable things!!!
Can't wait to see it in person!

Sarah said...

That's what I get for being a straggler :)