Ann Marotto’s Fresh Tomato Pie


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • About 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 to 3 large beefsteak tomatoes, sliced thick and evenly
  • 1 cup grated low-fat Swiss cheese
  • About 8 basil leaves, stacked, rolled and cut crosswise into very thin slices (julienne; about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher or coarse sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Have ready an ungreased 9-inch pie plate or fluted quiche

For the pastry: Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and, using your fingers or a pastry blender, cut the mixture until it comes together as a smooth dough, with the butter well incorporated. Form the dough into a ball, flatten it slightly, wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. note: play around with this maybe use food processor for butter and flour and then add cottage cheese and pulse, don’t think mine dough was incorporated enough.

On a lightly floured surface or between two pieces of wax paper, roll out the dough slightly larger than the pie plate or quiche pan and press the dough into the plate or pan. Prick the bottom with the tines of a fork, cover loosely and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Line the pie shell with aluminum foil and pour ceramic pie weights or dried beans evenly on the foil. Bake for 8 minutes, then carefully remove the weights or beans and the foil, and bake for 2 minutes. (At this point, the crust will not be fully baked.) Cool.

For the filling: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Brush the bottom of the cooled pie shell with a thin, see-through coating of the mustard. Layer the tomato slices, Swiss cheese, basil and parsley, seasoning each layer lightly with salt and pepper to taste. Scatter the mozzarella and Parmesan evenly over the top; bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

Serve warm.


Solyanka from moosewood

100_7921notes: I made a few changes due to what was in the kitchen.  Less cottage cheese though close to 1.5 c. that was all I had, more cabbage than 4 c. but not much more, 1/2 c sour cream as it’s full fat and I would have felt guilty using a whole cup, no sunflower seeds as mine were dead, was going to use 1/2 c of ricotta but it was 6 months out of date.  I sprinkled paprika over the top even though I’m not a big fan.

4 Medium Potatoes
4 Packed Cups Shredded Green Cabbage
1½ cups Chopped Onion
3 Tbsp Butter
1½ tsp Salt
Black Pepper
½ tsp Dill Weed
¼ cup Sunflower Seeds, divided
1½ cups Cottage Cheese
½ cup Sour Cream
½ cup ricotta
2 Tbsp Cider Vinegar

Scrub, don’t peel, the potatoes and cut them into small pieces. Boil until mashable. Drain and mash, while still hot, with cottage cheese, sour cream and yogurt. Saute onions in butter with 1/2 tsp. salt. After 5 minutes, add cabbage and remaining salt. Saute until cabbage is tender. Combine with potato mixture, and add everything except 2 tablespoons of the sunflower seeds and the paprika. Taste to correct seasonings. Spread into a deep, buttered casserole and top with paprika and remaining sunflower seeds. Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered for 35-40 minutes.

Mushroom Noodle Pudding


2 tbsp butter or vegetable oil
2 scallions, minced
1 small onion, minced
16 ounces firm, fresh mushrooms, stemmed, halved, and sliced
1/4 cup mushroom broth or white wine
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 cup cottage cheese
½ cup sour cream
1/4 c. mild cheese, grated
2 large eggs, beaten
pinch paprika
pinch dill
4 c. cooked cooked pasta, penne or ziti or regular noodles
2 tbsp. chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Heat butter or oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and scallions, sauté 10 minutes or until very tender. Add mushrooms, salt, pepper,  sauté 10 minutes until mushrooms are tender and limp. If liquid remains in pan, cook over high heat, stirring, 2 minutes until it evaporates.   Add broth or wine and simmer for 5 min.

Cook noodles uncovered in a large pan of boiling salted water over high heat 4 minutes or until nearly tender but firmer than usual. Transfer to a large bowl.

In mixing bowl add beat eggs, cottage cheese, sour cream and cheese, transfer mushroom mixture to bowl. Stir in paprika, dill, parsley and noodles.

Grease an 8″  baking dish and add noodle mixture. Bake until firm and golden brown, about 45 minutes. Makes 4 to 6 servings.


Stuffed portabello mushrooms

IMG_33742 portabello mushrooms stem and gills removed
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
garlic minced
spinach and kale
cottage cheese
fresh mozzarella cheese cut in small cubes
grated hard cheese
salt and pepper
bread crumbs

preheat oven to 400, apply olive oil to mushroom caps, added salt and pepper. Place in oven for 10 min gill side down. Turn over, sprinkle with vinegar and bake 10 more min. Saute greens in olive oil with minced garlic, cool and chop, add cheeses. Fill caps (may sprinkle bread crumbs over the top and bake around 10 more min until cheese is melting and crumbs are golden.

men’s favorite salad

The creaminess and tang of cottage cheese and mayonnaise offset the edge of onion and the crispness of cabbage.

1 (2 1/2-lb) green cabbage, outer leaves discarded
1 medium onion, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced crosswise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 cups 4% cottage cheese (preferably small-curd; 16 oz)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, or to taste
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Cut cabbage into 2-inch wedges and core, then very thinly slice crosswise. Transfer to a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and toss to coat. Let stand 15 minutes (or chill up to 2 hours) to allow flavors to meld.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.