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Baked Pizza Dip

 Baked Pizza Dip at 1840 FarmBaked Pizza Dip at 1840 FarmWho doesn’t love pizza? It’s difficult to top the combination of gooey cheese, savory tomato sauce, and your favorite toppings. Pizza is always a hit here whether it is of the homemade, local pizzeria, or takeout variety. I knew that a bubbly, gooey baked pizza dip would be something that we would all love.

After a little experimenting with cheeses, sauces, and toppings, we settled on our favorites and started assembling our dip. It was simple to put together and ready to bake in about twenty minutes. After another twenty minutes in the oven, it was bubbling and ready to serve. It smelled delicious and filled the entire farmhouse with its intoxicating aroma.

I served the dip with slices of warm Italian bread and garlic bread. It was delicious on both. The combination of the smooth cheese and tangy tomato sauce were perfect. Everyone came back for more. It was so good that we were talking about making it again before we had even finished it.

This recipe would be perfect for a comforting snack on a snowy afternoon, a get together with friends, or an easy party appetizer. On Super Bowl weekend, it may come in handy!

Baked Pizza Dip
This dip deconstructs pizza, allowing you to bake up a bubbly, gooey dish of the cheese and sauce normally found on your favorite pizza. It is delicious served with sliced bread, garlic bread, or your favorite thick crackers or pita chips. Because the bread or crackers are served on the side, this would be the perfect pizza treat for families that avoid gluten when served with your favorite gluten free bread. It can also be tossed with freshly cooked pasta for a delicious, comforting meal. I like to make my own tomato sauce for this recipe. You can use one to one and a half cups of your favorite tomato sauce with equally delicious results.
For the sauce
  1. 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  4. 14 ounces tomato sauce/puree
For the dip
  1. 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  2. 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  3. 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  4. 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated
  5. assorted pizza toppings if desired
  6. dried oregano
  7. Italian bread, garlic bread, or your favorite crackers for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small pan over medium heat, sauté the garlic for one minute. Add the tomato paste and stir to cook briefly, approximately one to two minutes. Add the tomato sauce and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and simmer to thicken slightly, stirring occasionally. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper as needed.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and ricotta. Stir until the mixture is smooth. Transfer to an oven safe casserole dish, spreading to evenly cover the bottom. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese over the ricotta mixture.
  4. Top the cheesy layer with the tomato sauce, distributing it evenly. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella over the tomato sauce. Top with the Parmesan cheese and your favorite pizza toppings. Sprinkle a bit of dried oregano over the top.
  5. Transfer the dish to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. The mixture will become bubbly and slightly browned on top. Your bread can be warmed for a few minutes in the same warm oven.
  6. Remove the bubbly dip from the oven. Allow to cool slightly as you slice and plate the bread. The dip can be served family style from the casserole dish or in small bowls or ramekins for dipping. Enjoy!
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French Harlequin Heirloom Marigold

The 1840 Farm Pollinators GardenFrench Marigolds have a centuries old secret:  they aren’t really French.  It is believed that they made their way to France in the 1500s.  An illustration of a striped French Marigold appeared as early as a 1791 edition of Curtis’ Botanical Magazine.  This marigold was described as being yellow with red striped petals.

Centuries later, we still refer to some varieties as “French”.  Perhaps this is a nod to the gardeners of France who worked diligently to cross their most beautiful specimens in a quest to better the blooms.  Or, it could simply be due to the fact that all things French were thought to be beautiful and of the highest quality at the time that the marigold first came to America.

American gardeners in that era were eager to  attempt to replicate the beautiful gardens in France.  Travelers took garden tours, carefully noting both the species and methods used to create France’s most notable gardens.  One of those travelers was  the man who would become our young nation’s third President:  Thomas Jefferson.

The French Marigold was a common sight in Colonial gardens, bringing beauty and utility to the garden plot.  In 1808, Jefferson wrote in his garden journal about having two varieties of marigold in his gardens at Monticello in Virginia.  It is believed that the French Marigold was one of the two varieties that he had growing on the grounds at Monticello.  He often referred to the French variety as the “lesser African marigold” as it was thought to have made its way to France via Africa.

Jefferson enjoyed marigolds so much that he sent them to his granddaughter Anne.  Anne happily wrote to him, reporting that the two varieties of marigold seeds he had given them were still flourishing.  It is thought that the French Marigold was one of the two varieties he had sent her.

Marigolds were long thought to be poisonous due to their pungent aroma.  Gardeners believed that any flower with a strong, unpleasant scent was sure to be poisonous.  Centuries later, we can still use their scent and pest deterring qualities to our advantage in the tomato patch.

Marigolds make excellent companions for tomato plants.  Their pungent aroma is thought to help deter harmful nematodes who love to decimate the tomato patch.  They also bring beauty to the tomato garden by filling the space beneath the towering vines.

Their beneficial properties can be taken advantage of long after the growing season has ended.  Allow spent marigold plants to dry in the garden at the end of your growing season.  Before the first frost, break the dried marigold plant into small pieces and turn them under the top layer of the soil.  Doing so will discourage nematodes from overwintering in your garden’s soil, giving next year’s plants a head start on overcoming these garden pests.

Tennis Ball Heirloom Lettuce is one of the four varieties included in our The Pollinators Garden Heirloom Seed Collection available in The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy.  The 2014 Heirloom Seed Collection is a collaboration between 1840 Farm and Fresh Eggs Daily.  Together, we have curated our favorite heirloom varieties into collections that are ideally suited for growing together.  The heirloom, non-GMO seeds in our collection are from family owned seed purveyor Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.

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Oven Roasted Heirloom Tomato Ricotta Tart

I originally posted this recipe back in the very early days of writing this blog.  It seems fitting that this would be one of the longest lived recipes on the blog as it has been a family favorite since before we made 1840 Farm our home.  Each summer, we look forward to this rustic tart topped with our homegrown heirloom tomatoes.

The combination of flavors in this dish is perfectly balanced.  The acidity and earthiness of the tomatoes is the star, but the creamy ricotta and bright basil accent it deliciously.  It’s no wonder that this dish is a perennial family favorite.


Oven Roasted Heirloom Tomato Ricotta Tart
serves 4 – 6 as a main course

This recipe was inspired by a recipe published in Martha Stewart’s FOOD.  I use homemade bread crumbs from our Farmhouse Country Loaf for the crust.  Prepared bread crumbs or panko are also delicious. 

180 grams (2 cups) breadcrumbs
2 ounces (4 Tablespoons) olive oil
16 ounces ricotta cheese
2 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed or shredded
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated
1 large egg
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 pound heirloom tomatoes
olive oil for brushing
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.  Prepare a 9 inch springform pan by wrapping the bottom in aluminum foil.  Set aside.   j

Slice bread into thick slices and place in the oven to dry.  When dry and cool, use a food processor to chop the toasted bread into fresh breadcrumbs.  With the motor running, add the olive oil and process until evenly moist.  Press mixture evenly in prepared pan, covering the bottom of the pan.

Rinse out the bowl and blade from the food processor.  Add ricotta cheese, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, and egg to the food processor and process until completely smooth.  Add basil and pulse until basil is evenly distributed throughout the ricotta mixture.

Carefully add the ricotta mixture to the springform pan., spreading to cover. Slice heirloom tomatoes and place on top of the ricotta, overlapping where needed to fully cover the top.  Brush the top of the tart with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place springform pan on a baking sheet and transfer to the preheated oven.  Bake for 40 minutes or until the tomatoes are beginning to dry and the ricotta mixture has become firm and golden.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for ten minutes.  Carefully run a thin metal spatula or paring knife around the outside edge of the tart to loosen it from the pan.  Unmold the tart, cut into slices and serve warm.

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Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta with Basil

In the early days of writing this blog, I shared a recipe for traditional tomato bruschetta.  It’s a family favorite during heirloom tomato season here at 1840 Farm.  On days that we come back to the kitchen with pounds of freshly picked tomatoes, this is what’s for dinner.

When the day is long and I’m tired from a full day’s work on the farm, I make a simpler, more rustic version of bruschetta.  I don’t slice the bread and toast it in the oven.  Instead, I place the whole loaf in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes to warm it slightly and freshen the crust.

As the bread is warming, I prepare a lovely warm bruschetta topping.  By the time the bread is warm, the topping is ready and we can start enjoying that delicious combination of earthy heirloom tomatoes, bright basil, and a great loaf of bread.

Rustic Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta with Basil
  1. 1 loaf of crusty French or Italian bread
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 8 ounces fresh heirloom tomatoes
  4. 1 ounce sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
  5. 1 Tablespoon oil from sun-dried tomatoes
  6. 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  7. 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  8. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  10. 1 ounce ricotta salata or Parmesan cheese
  11. Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare the tomatoes by chopping roughly or slicing cherry tomatoes into thirds. Place in a medium serving bowl and set aside.
  2. Place the loaf of bread in the warm oven and set the timer for 10 minutes. As the bread warms, prepare the topping by combining the oil from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes with the olive oil and minced garlic. Warm gently over low heat until the garlic is fragrant. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Roughly chop or julienne the sun-dried tomatoes before adding them to the fresh heirloom tomatoes. Add the basil, salt, and black pepper to the tomatoes before pouring the warm oil mixture over the top. Gently stir the mixture. Taste for seasoning and add more salt or pepper if needed. Add the crumbled ricotta salata or shaved Parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Drizzle with balsamic glaze if desired.
  4. Slice the warm bread and serve with the bruschetta topping, spooning the topping over the bread and eating while it is still warm. Enjoy!
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