Sunday, July 8, 2012

It was a great time!

Mister man’s birthday celebration and our Fourth of July was a huge success with everyone walking away very full and happy. Thank you to everyone for your warm wishes on his special day. One item I like to include during the summer is deviled eggs in my opinion nothing says summer like these tasty treats. But I don’t like them to be heavy and I like a lot of flavor so here’s the recipe I like to use:

One dozen eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
¼ cup plain nonfat yogurt or low-fat mayonnaise
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/3 cup finely chopped radishes
4 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
4 teaspoons chopped fresh dill

Additional chives and radishes for garnish. You get the idea mix everything together and you have a wonderful fresh modern take on deviled eggs!

I’ve received several requests for my tomato tart recipe so here it is: tomato tart. I’ve used this recipe for years and always make my own shell, shell recipe in my previous post since it has more flavor then a store bought one. The only thing I change a little is when I put the olive oil on my tart, half way through cooking and use a 1/8 of a cup rather then the whole quarter. Otherwise it leaks all over the bottom of the oven and turns into a sticky mess you have to clean up later.

Since I told you everything I was making in my previous post I thought I would show you how it looked all together and most everything can be prepared ahead of time.

The cabernet gelato that Mister Man requested ended up being a blackberry cabernet sorbet since the recipe I have for the gelato has chocolate in it and mister man prefers berries. As you can see the color is amazing and the only advice I can give for this simple but perfect recipe is make sure you blend your blackberries first and then strain to get all the seeds out before finishing your sorbet off. The recipe I used can be found here: cabernet sorbet

Last but certainly not least is Mister man’s birthday tart, he feels cake to heavy for hot summer months. Fresh fruit tarts are the easiest things in the world to pull together and you get to play with your food decorating the top. I’ve found over the years that most tart fillings are rather bland and sometimes not firm enough to hold the fruit up so here’s my tried and true recipe:

Tart filling:

1 package of cream cheese, softened, then whipped
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup realemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla

Be sure to whip your cream cheese first and then add the other items. Chill for two hours before decorating and you’ll have yourself a refreshing fruit tart. I didn't glaze the top of the tart since mister man prefers it without but you can simply glaze the top with melted jam.

Trust me there was nothing left of our dessert and it had Mister Man begging for a tart all his own.

Dylan wasn’t left out of the celebrations since Dad let him do his favorite thing…open gifts even if it isn’t for him.

So there you go, all these images are mine taken either during preparation or dinner so you know all these recipes are tried and true. Most of these recipes I’ve used for years, they’re simple to make and big on flavor. If you’re ever interested in other recipes click on my pinterest button most of the recipes in there I’ve personally tried. If they don’t work I delete them or I’ll add my tips onto the picture.

If anyone tries these out be sure to let me know what you think or if you have a tip yourself for improvement.

Enjoy your week enjoy and stay cool if you’re in heat. We’ve been very lucky up north and not baking at least outside!


Phyllis Trevor Higgerson, Henhurst said...

Hi Debra,

I am getting hungry just looking at your photos. Thanks for the tomato tart recipe - it looks amazing. I will let you know how mine turns out!

All best,

Woodside Park said...

What an amazing birthday feast!! :-) Thanks for all the recipes. I love deviled eggs. Always in my fridge....makes a great and quick snack. Yours sounds and looks really good. Love Dylan opening present. Reminds me of Panda shredding paper in our house.

Pura Vida said...

Happy Birthday to him! Man I wished my mister liked deviled eggs...those look wonderful! I rarely fix them, so I guess I will just look at these and Pavlov!

michele said...

omg what a scrumptious feast! i can feel the love.

your tart is almost too pretty to eat. almost!

and i love the pooch opening the gift just like bella does. her favorite thing is shredding it too!

smiles to you and happy new week.


Veronica said...

Dearest Debra! It looks like you spoilt Mr Man to bits with gourmet delights almost toooo pretty to eat!!! I am starved now and I just had dinner... The dessert is looking amazing and Dylan is just prescious! So happy that you had a great day in celebration!



Room Seventeen said...

Happy birthday! The fruit tart looks heavenly!

Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

These look delicious - and I have taken note of your tart filling, they have to be good!
Here is some devilled egg fun for you:

yours are far better!

A Perfect Gray said...

debra, you are certainly responsible for the hunger pangs I'm feeling now. your treats look wonderful - especially the eggs - a favorite of my fellow. I know you all had a wonderful celebration! donna

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Hi Debra,
I don't eat eggs (unless scrambled with cheese and tons of pepper)but the tarts-both the berry and the tomato OMG...look so good! I think we might need to swap recipies again-I have a to die for citrus tart I just did-will try to post it this week!
Looks like a great way to celebrate a birthday-mine's Tuesday-busy?

Unknown said...

Hi Debra,
I'm crawling out from under my holiday "rock" and was thrilled to see what a feast you cooked up for the Mister!!! I am hosting some ladies for lunch this week, as well as a family at the end of the weekend, so am thrilled to see these delectable items. I'm definitely going to be trying out that tomato tart and berry tart. I've also never seen deviled eggs so prettily garnished. Thanks so much for giving us a peek inside your kitchen!

xoxo Elizabeth

Fashion-isha said...

Wow I want some of the that pizza now! Happy Birthday..I love July birthdays!!

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

It all looks so delicious. I'm definitely saving these recipes - knowing they've been tried and tested. Have a lovely week. X Sharon

Victoria said...

Everything looks fabulous, and I am sure it tasted fabulous as well.

Barbara@HausDesign said...

Delicious! I love how Dylan helps opening the present too - how cute is that??!! :) Glad you all had a great time.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Yum! Everything looked delicious. So glad he had a fabulous birthday.

I Dream Of said...

Looks like an absolutely delicious celebration. I'll definitely have to give the tomato tart a try. So glad your husband had a Happy Birthday - gotta love those July birthdays.
Have a wonderful week, Debra!

Heather Robinson said...

Hooray! It looks like a fantastic time was had by all--including Dylan Dog!!! Thanks for sharing the recipes--the tomato tart is definitely on my list to try.

Have a great week, Debra!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy you shared the tart recipe. It looks sooooo good. So glad the hubster had a nice birthday. xo

Splendid Sass said...

I don't think I have send better looking meal, and I have copied these recipes!!
Thank you for sharing, Deborah, and Happy Birthday to your husband.

Stacy CUrran said...

Deviled eggs are my favorite food int he world, and they fit on my Atkins diet! I HAVE to try this recipe!

Stacey said...

Wow! You went all out! What a feast! I haven't had deviled eggs in such a looooong time and these look DELICIOUS!!

Garden, Home and Party said...

Delicious. This post made me hungry. Dylan should have his own YouTube cute is that?

The enchanted home said...

Whoa Debra!!!!!!! It does not help that I am STARVING right now but seriously this all looks AMAZING!!!! From the deviled eggs to that divine tomato tart and the dessert.....OMG, I would devour the entire thing and glad you got some help from cutie pie Dylan who looks like he enjoyed the birthday festivities as well. Happy Birthday to your husband!! So nice to be back in blogland, always miss it when I am away.

debra @ 5th and state said...

girlfriend, you have so many talents, but this takes "the cake!" (sorry, a lame pun) these beauties looked like they came from a magazine, especially that gorgeous tart, lucky mr. man!
too cute, dylan opening a package, what a love!
big hugs

carolyn bradford said...

Deviled eggs, tomato tart….what more could anyone ask for?! This was phenomenal!! I'm pinning all of the recipes and vowing right now to make my own crusts again! My mother LITERALLY makes the crust for her own birthday chocolate pie and brings it to me to make the filling because she won't eat a store bought/frozen crust! She will be so happy if I change my wayward ways!! Seriously, these all look divine! So glad Mr. had such a wonderful birthday celebrations!

Segreto Secrets said...

Mr Man is very lucky!! that looked amazing!! You are a great cook!!

designchic said...

Debra, this is so funny...we were discussing deviled eggs this morning so I'm excited to try your recipe today. Great photos!!

The French Tangerine said...

What a stunning presentation of everything! Looks like you outdid yourself with everything looking magazine ready.. I love July birthdays! Happy Birthday to the Mister!

Ivy Clad said...

Debra, everything looks amazing! Your tart, especially, looks superb. I know it tasted amazing too! My grandmother, mother & I all use that same filling recipe, but I have never used it for a berry tart, always a cream cheese pie in graham cracker crust with cherries on top. Now I must try it with fresh berries in a tart crust! Ooh that sounds so much better right now!

I'm glad you all had a wonderful time. So sweet of you to make such a feast!


Paula said...

YUM! the only problem that i envisage is working out which recipe to try out first - I'm torn between the eggs, and the two tarts - oh hell - I'm going to have to do them all at once aren't I!!!
Thanks for the recipes, and Happy Birthday to the lucky man!
Paula xxx

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Oh are a gourmet chef...makes me embarrassed of my Sunday Supper Posts...and you are always so kind...glad to see that Dylan was not left out of the celebration...Cappi used to love to open presents too! Makes me both tear up and smile! XO, Mona

pve design said...

I love connecting with so many creative bloggers....I see you have some wicked talents in the kitchen too.
Thank-you for sharing your delights and recipes. I make a mean spicy deviled egg. I do hope one day we can meet and share some of that sorbet.

Loretta Fontaine (EcoHappy Blog) said...

Debra- What a feast! The tart is so pretty, so beautiful, so colorful... A masterpiece!


Leslie said...


Sending (belated)Birthday wishes! What a great spread! The deviled eggs look so good (I always use regular mayo and really need to switch to low fat or add some yogurt). The tart looks delicious and Dylan is so darn cute!

Thanks for sharing all the recipes and I'm looking forward to trying some.

Have a great weekend!


Alison @ The Polohouse said...

What a fantastic menu!
I hope you can come by on 8/1 and share one or all of these recipes.
They look amazing!

La Dolfina said...

I'll say!!!
Everything looks delicious!!!
You can bet I will trying those reviled eggs and tomato pie!!!

A room with a view said...

I know I will be trying some of the recipes. Thanks for sharing, Debra!

Boxwood Terrace said...

Hi Debra,

My mouth is watering after reading this post. Everything looks delicious. What a fun party! A happy belated birthday to your husband.

Decor de Provence said...

Shut the front door!!! Every image is stunning! What do you NOT do my dear and how lucky is he?!! What a beautiful life you both have created... inspiring!

Much love to you Debra!

Luciane at said...

Hello, my sweet friend!

How are you doing, Debra? I hope you're enjoying your summer... I see you're eating well!! Oh, my! This is amazing! :-)

I just wanted to stop by to say "hello" and send you a BIG HUG!


Luciane at

La Brocanteuse said...

Hi D,
All your dishes look so delish and I will def try your tomato tart. Thank you for sharing the celebrations with us, love it all. Love to you from Afrique du Sud
Colette x

Fashion-isha said...

Omg all that food's making me starving! Have a great weekend!


I wish I was your neighbor...I could have come over with a bottle of wine and casually said..." it dinner time?" Maybe one day I will get motivated to cook one of those great looking dishes.....I mean deviled hard can they be? Happy belated birthday to your man!

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