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UPDATED 04/25/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/25/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT



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Makes 1 sandwich

1 plum or Roma tomato, cut into 4 slices

½ tsp. olive oil Salt

2 medium-thick slices rustic country bread

4 tsp. salted butter, softened

2 tsp. pesto

2 oz. Italian fontina cheese, sliced thin

2 oz. mozzarella cheese, sliced thin

2 tsp. Kalamata olive tapenade (available at

1. Preheat oven to 350. Place tomato slices on sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast tomatoes for 7 minutes. Set aside.

2. Spread butter on the outside of each bread slice. Spread pesto on unbuttered side of 1 slice. Cover pesto side with fontina. Top with roasted tomato slices, followed by mozzarella. Spread tapenade on unbuttered side of second bread slice and place on top of sandwich.

3. Heat a cast iron pan or griddle over medium heat. Cook sandwich covered for 2-3 minutes. Uncover, flip sandwich over and cook covered for another 2-3 minutes until bread is toasted and cheese is melted. Serve.


A healthy recipe from one of Oprah Winfrey's favorite cooks


Serves 6

4 ripe avocados

½ medium white onion, finely chopped

½ cup cilantro, finely chopped

6 tbsp. fresh lime juice

1½ tsp. kosher salt

2 jalapeno peppers, 1 finely chopped and 1 sliced thin for garnish (optional)

6 (8- or 10-inch) flour or whole wheat tortillas

2 roasted chicken breasts, diced

12-16 tbsp. black bean salsa, plus extra for serving

4-5 cups arugula leaves

6 tbsp. sour cream


1. Cut avocados in half. Remove pits and scoop avocado into a glass bowl. Mash until avocado is creamy.

2. Add onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt and chopped jalapenos. Taste and add more salt if necessary.


1. Preheat oven to 325. Wrap tortillas in foil and heat for 15 minutes. Turn off the oven, but leave tortillas inside until you are ready to use them.

2. To assemble each wrap, place 1 tortilla on a warm plate. Spread 2 tbsp. guacamole over the entire tortilla. Add ¼ cup chicken to the bottom third of tortilla. Top with 2-3 tbsp. black bean salsa and 6-10 arugula leaves. Roll tortilla over once, and fold the sides in tightly to form a burrito shape. With seam side down, cut wrap on the diagonal. Serve with sour cream, guacamole and salsa.

Recipe adapted from Ferrare's cookbook Big Bowl of Love (Sterling Epicure), in stores now.

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