Caramel Grilled Tostada Hearts

I am not a re-reader of books.

It’s a one-time only gig for me, reading.
But, years back my adorable English Teacher turned UltiMama pal, AmosQ
suggested no summer would be complete without a reading (or rereading) of
Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine.
Have you yet read it?
If not, do promise you’ll not allow August to pass without devouring that book on a hot summer night. It captures the metaphor of summer with all it’s fantastical joys and memories and miracles. Allows you to breath them into your lungs, roll them upon your tongue. Take them in. Remember them. Forget them. Hold them. Wonder over them. Weep over them.
Rejoice. And Rejoice. And Rejoice.
Until you have your own copy, I give you a favorite passage to keep…
Dandelion Wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered…Hold summer in your hand, pour summer in a glass, a tiny glass of course, the smallest tingling sip for children; change the season in your veins by raising glass to lip and tilting summer in…

Caramel Grilled Tostada Hearts
with Honeyed Vanilla Mascarpone, Fresh Mango & Mint

An elegant, flavorful end to any meal, you’ll discover this recipe is just as simple as it is delicious. It takes just minutes to make, but lends a beautiful pop of color and flavor to summertime soirees.
6 flour tortilla’s
1 1/2 c. white sugar
zest of 1 lemon
zest of 1 lime
zest of 1 orange
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 c. butter, melted
8 oz. mascarpone
2 T. honey
1 vanilla bean
1 fresh mango, sliced
1 c. fresh raspberries
Several fresh mint leaves
Cut flour tortilla’s into heart shapes, using a cookie cutter. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine sugar, citrus zests, cinnamon & ginger.
In a second bowl, melt butter.
Heat grill to lowest setting. Working quickly, dip tortilla hearts in butter, then in sugar mixture. Grill on low for 1-2 minutes, or until sugar has caramelized, turn hearts and grill on second side, watching carefully to keep sugar from burning. Remove from grill.
In a small bowl, combine mascarpone, honey and seeds scraped from center of the vanilla bean. Discard pod. Spread honeyed mascarpone on grilled tortilla hearts. Top with mango, raspberries and a sprig of mint. Enjoy immediately.

And now, for a bit of beeswax…

Abby’s Bake Sale keeps on giving, and giving, and giving. So many of you have hosted Lemonade Stands of your own, sent expressions of love to Abby’s family, and inquired how you can lend a hand to the cause. Thank you. Please feel free to email if you are still interested in helping. It’s not too late!
Abby’s second round of chemotherapy is coming to a close. She’s had a rough bout with it, but is looking forward to some time to heal before the next round begins.
It would be nearly impossible for me to list the many miracles which have come from that serendipitous moment in the Dollar Store when we met Abby and her family. I hope you won’t mind if I indulge one of the most recent.
On a family trip to visit grandparents, we were able to share the story with our Papa McLay. He was moved to help, donating a bucket full of coins he’d been saving. We returned home and mailed Abby a check containing his donation, $128.20. Abby’s mom, Mary responded with these words:
Now I am going to share a story with you. Shortly before I met you I received an e-mail from a woman in Tonawanda, New York. She is related to my sister-in-law and her nine year old son Patrick was diagnosed with Leukemia about six weeks after Abby. She was reaching out to me, a complete stranger, to connect with someone sharing a similar experience. My heart broke for her because I knew what she was about to endure. To watch your child suffer is a mothers worst nightmare. I know the area she lives and they most likely struggle financially. She never complained or asked for anything but I was moved to send her money. I discussed it with my husband and explained to him my feelings. We struggle too and the reasoning behind giving money away to strangers when I certainly need it for my own family, I can not explain to you. I sent her a check, some leukemia bracelets and a letter of encouragement. It was just a short time later we met you. God has replaced that money and given us the gift of you. Two fold we received it back.

Thank you to all of you who have been the Hands of Heaven for Abby.
May you recieve your profound goodness back twofold.

Finally, keep your eyeballs peeled for an extra-special post on Friday.
It’s a Favorite Bloggers Birthday, and we’re celebrating cupcake style.
Who could it be? Who could it be?
{It’s sooooo excitingly delicious}

7 Responses to “Caramel Grilled Tostada Hearts”

  1. Not quite there yet... says:

    You make that book sound so lovely. You also make food look so scrumptious! Wow.
    Thank you for sharing information about sweet little Abby.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I'm originally from Tonawanda, NY. Could you get info on where to send $$$? We still have family in the area and we'd love to help. My email is


  3. Florrie says:

    I just have to say how partial I am of that picture of my dearest Dad and neice. Bea-u-tiful.

  4. Mary Beth says:

    I LOVE your blog! You have quite the delivery of awesome content (wow…. can you tell I'm a teacher?) I can't wait to read the book.
    Your post on Abby is what really touched me though. It is so wonderful of you to be helping her. I joined Team In Training for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this past spring and it has been the biggest blessing in my life. We are raising money to find a cure.
    Please let me know how I can help Abby. I'll certainly keep her and her family in my prayers, but I want to do more.

  5. paula says:

    I love Dandelion Wine. It has always been one of my favorite books, thanks for reminding me I can read it again.

    The recipe looks delicious, have to try it.

    Prayers for Abby.

    I happened upon your blog thru my neice's. Enjoyed it!

  6. bluecottonmemory says:

    I sooo love your blog! I love the excerpt–and I'll definitely delve into the book! I can't wait to try to recipe, and I was so moved by your post on Abby, her family, and their challenges.

    What a holistic post: a little food, a little literature, and a lot of love:) I guess that's why your one my blog list:)

  7. Artfulife says:

    I have to say that Dandelion Wine is still one of my favorite Bradbury stories. Have you read much of his other works? He is such an amazing author. Something Wicked This Way comes is very good also, but the other is still my favorite.

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