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Day nine and finding creative ways to serve food and keep it fun and exciting. The other day on CBS the Early Morning Show I saw a recipe for a summer vegetable tian. It had all the veggies from my limited garden and lots of great fresh herbs. I decided what the hey, great night to add that to my Proscuitto wrapped Chicken breast (yes I am going to make the ominous Chicken Inice).

What is Tian? It is a dish created in layers. Originating in Provence. Tian is a word that describes a shallow earthenware casserole as well as the food it contains. Traditionally, it features a variety of vegetables, herbs, and cheeses that are layered.

Summer Vegetable Tian
(Sonoma Kitchen, CBS Early Show)

3/4 cup olive oil, plus more for greasing pan
1/2 large yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into
1/8-inch strips
5 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3 small zucchini, cut into 1/8-inch rounds
2 small crookneck squash, cut into
1/8-inch rounds
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
1 lb. plum tomatoes, cut into 1/8-inch rounds
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/2 cup fine dried bread crumbs

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 2-quart baking dish with olive oil.

In a fry pan over medium heat, warm 5 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the bell pepper and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer the onion-pepper mixture to the prepared baking dish and spread evenly. Set aside.

In a bowl, combine the zucchini, crookneck squash, 5 Tbs. of the oil, the rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper and stir to coat evenly. Arrange the zucchini, crookneck squash and tomato slices on the onion-pepper mixture, overlapping the rows. Drizzle with the remaining 2 Tbs. oil and bake for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, stir together the cheese and bread crumbs. Remove the baking dish from the oven and sprinkle the bread crumb mixture on top. Bake for 15 minutes more.

Turn the oven to broil and broil until the cheese is golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 6.

Chicken Inice turned out good. I have a few tweaks to do on it, and when I do it again and get the way I want it, I will post the full recipe and a photo here.

3/4 cup olive oil, plus more for greasing pan


About heylaydee

An average cook, an enthusiasm for experimenting and trying new things, is the reason for this blog. That and I found myself in the “empty nest” syndrome and needed an outlet. So I picked up the camera that was collecting dust, got out the pile of recipes, contacted friends and family for their favorites and starting cooking again. What could be better than a glass of wine, a hot stove, and creativity? Come along for the ride. I will be blogging about food, family, and anything else that inspires me.

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