In the early 1980’s I bought my first Cuisinart Food Processor. It was love at first bite. The first thing I made was bread. I continued to use it to make bread for 16 years. Along with chopping, mixing, stirring hundreds of other tasty treats. In 1996 I burned up the motor … making a particularly organic loaf of whole wheat bread!
Since Kitchen Aid mixers were all the rage about then, my very sweet and conscientious Chief Culinary Consultant surprised me with a beautiful cobalt blue mixer. “It does everything” he crooned as he recounted to me the features which were given to him by the sales clerk.
I really like my Kitchen Mixer. It has been a great addition to my kitchen. It does everything, and then some.
But over the years my heart has been tugged and pulled to the Cuisinart display over and over. In 2008 the Chief bought me the newest and latest stainless steel Cuisinart Food Processor. It sorta looked like my old one, but one loaf of bread and I knew it wasn’t the same as the model I bought in the 1980’s. It was lighter weight and hopped all over the counter when I tried to use it. I cautiously asked the Chief if I could “take it back.” What a shock to him since I have pined for another one for years! Women … we are so fickle.
Imagine my surprise when the Chief and I were at an old country auction a couple of years ago and there on the table sat an original Cuisinart DLC 7-Pro! It looked hardly even used even though it was a good 30 years old. My heart started beating faster and pounding in my ears. I had to have that Cuisinart! I asked my sweetie if he would bid for me (I get nervous bidding). He asked “how high do you want to go?”
“I want it” was all I said. He got the message. 🙂
$30 dollars later it is MINE! I took it home and immediately started using it. Then my constant use started to show its age.
Little bits of the plastic dough blade started chipping
off. The stopping point was when the plastic shaft that
covers the actual metal shaft also started chipping away
rendering the food processor unusable.
So, when my Kitchen Aid bit the dust the Chief said, “well, at least you have the Cuisinart.” That is when I explained it had been out of commission for some time. When I explained my plight with broken pieces, he immediately researched the parts, ordered them and within a few days I had the food processor back on center stage in my kitchen.
I immediately wanted to make something … anything that required the use of the Cuisinart. Thanks to my Tuesdays With Dorie bakers I knew the Tomato and Cheese Galette was on my baking shortlist for June. Within minutes I had the dough mixed up and ready to chill for a couple of hours in the refrigerator.
After rolling out this outstanding, beautiful dough I assembled the savory filling. In addition to Monterey Jack and Mozzarella cheeses I added some Pepper Jack for a kick! Sprinkling my favorite balsamic vinegar over the tomatoes gave this tomato and cheese galette the perfect personal touch. The basil came from my herb garden.
This rustic tart has a wonderful cornmeal-crunchy crust, rolled thin but yet strong enough to hold the tasty fresh garden tomatoes, blended cheeses and fresh-cut basil.
Whether served warm or at room temperature I highly recommend this galette perfectly suited for your summer picnics! It is easy to transport and a winner all the way around! Recent Tuesdays With Dorie rules have changed, letting me re-print today’s recipe from Baking With Julia. However, my version is an adaptation of the original recipe. Click here to take a peek at some of the other baker’s creations.
Galette dough can be kept in the refrigerator for a day or two, or it can be wrapped airtight and frozen for a month. Thaw, still wrapped, in the refrigerator until thawed and ready for use.
25 thoughts on “For The Love of A Cuisinart and a Tomato and Cheese Galette”
I can’t believe your hubby fixed the Cuisinart! Amazing. I would not think that was possible. Glad it’s back on track. Your garden basil looks so healthy and green. I bet the whole thing tasted amazing!
It looks great, and what a nice story about your food processor! I hope it lasts a long time!
Thank you, I sure hope it lasts a while too!
I’m so glad you were able to get your Cuisinart back in working condition. I have an old Osterizer blender that I wouldn’t trade for anything. My husband was able to find replacement parts for it too.
Isn’t it great to have such handy men around? 🙂
I remember keeping my first food processor (a Braun, not a Cuisinart) going for years after a flange on the lid broke off, and I had to use a skinny knife blade to make it believe that the lid was locked in place so it would start. It’s hard to part with beloved kitchen appliances. Your galette looks great…balsamic vinegar is a nice addition for the tomatoes.
I so understand the need to jimmy this and that! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
What a sweet hubby 🙂 And your galette looks perfect!!!
Thank you Liz! I definitely have a keeper husband!
What a good happy ending with your cuisineart! And the galette looks beautiful, I love the colour of the pastry in your photos.
Love the sound of Pepper Jack cheese – and your galette turned out great.
I have my mother-in-law’s old cuisinart and wouldn’t part with it (hefty machine that it is!)…. although for this crust, I decided it would be easier to just blend in the butter with my fingertips like I do with scones, so I didn’t drag it out.
This is a perfect recipe for the fingertips too!
Great post, I always look forward to reading your stories. The addition of balsamic sounds yummy!
Great post….really enjoyed reading it! This was a great galatte. It is something I hope to make often.
Thank you Sandra! It is such fun baking with the group!
I love your story about the cuisine art. I remember when they first came out. They really revolutionized the kitchen for the home cook. Pepper jack sound like a great idea for the galette.
Not a good feeling when a beloved item needs to be replaced. They just don’t make things like they used to. Glad your Cuisinart is back in action!
Beloved is the perfect word to use for this old machine! Thanks for coming by.
I get it! I traded my old (Circa late 90’s Cuisinart) for a new one a couple of years ago – and while I like my new one (more capacity), my original one held a special place in my heart.
Your galette looks lovely!
Thanks Cher! The bigger capacity would be good too!
Wow this looks good! I understand about your processor! I was given my cousins when he passed. It’s huge! And so heavy I can verly move it. He was a chef so he had all the extra blades and attachments. But when I used it it wouldn’t work. Had to send it off to Cuisenart. And they lost it! It took several months to get it back. I love it but have never made dough. I do that with my KitchenAid. I’m thinking I should try this!
Terri, definitely make dough – the Cuisinart spins so fast and easy the dough comes together beautifully!
I have bought all my kids old Cuisinart’s from Garage sales over the years.
Because I remember way … way back when you used to say ‘I would give up my refrigerator before I would give up my Cuisinart’
Just last week when I was cooking with my new daughter-in-law, Elle, and using Brian’s Cuisinart, I told her about my friend Cathy who used to say ………. And I relayed your quote.
Loveya and miss you, LindaKaye
Such great remembrances! I miss cooking with you LindaKaye! Hot Peach Cobbler or fresh lemon meringue pie?