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From the desk of Lauren Palmer

Several years ago, I was hanging out with my dear friend, Patrizia Montanari, who is a photographer and fashion designer and used to live in McKinney. We were working on a photoshoot together for The Art of Living Beautifully and it was absolutely freezing outside. By the time we were done shooting, we were frozen solid and starving.

Patrizia and I went back to her house in the Historic District of McKinney to thaw and get a snack, and she made me the most delicious snack I had ever eaten–one that I’m going to share with your right now. You are probably familiar with the common Italian appetizer called Bruschetta (pronounced Broo Skeh Tah, not Broo Sheh Tah). Well, Patrizia made a spicy version for me that day and it has been a family favorite ever since! This is a wonderful snack to make and enjoy on a patio, standing around your kitchen island, or…make a batch of the tomato mixture, store it in a mason jar, and share with a neighbor! It’s quarantine. Why not?!


16 cherry tomatoes, quartered

1 TBS Chili Garlic Sauce (found on the Asian food aisle), add more for extra spice

1 TBS Olive Oil

1/2 tsp dried Oregano *place in the palm of your hand and rub your hands back and forth to release the oil/flavor in the Oregano, first

generous pinch of Maldon Salt Flakes

Your favorite artisan bread, sliced thin and toasted

(I use both the ciabatta baguette from Trader Joe’s, and Black Pepper Parmesan from Market Street)


mix first 5 ingredients together in a small bowl

toast sliced bread, I use a panini press and the bread comes out perfectly!

heap a spoonful of the tomato mixture onto the bread




To learn more about Lauren and The Art of Living Beautifully, please visit our ‘about’ page.

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