Because Some People DO Need A Recipe for Toast

More accurately, a recipe for the toast du jour: crostini. But in the grand scheme of things there really is no measurable difference in preparation except for the use of an oven in lieu of a toaster. Either way, there is no denying that this crostini recipe with blackberries and goat cheese is not only the easiest thing to make for a brooding All Hallows brunch, it also tastes and looks It’s the only recipe that you don’t really need to be told to you, but we’re doing it anyway. Because let’s be real, there are some cooking-challenged-souls out there who are just a few steps past getting water to boil. We promise, this recipe you can do!


Blackberry and Formage Blanc Crostini

1 basket of fresh organic blackberries
1 fresh french baguette
formage blanc (or substitute your favorite goat cheese)
2 T wild flower honey
fresh mint for garnish

Slice baguette into 1/2 inch diagonal slices. Toast baguette slices in oven, at 400 degrees, until golden brown. Set on your favorite platter and spread generoulsy with cheese {as much or as little as you like!} onto one side of the crostini. Place washed berries on top {you could also quickly warm them slightly to really get their dark juices flowing!}, drizzle with honey and garnish with freshly chopped mint.

Since this dish is so incredibly simple, it’s really all about picking the very best ingredients. We’re suckers for local San Francsico faves Cowgirl Creamery and Acme bread. Definitely make a point to search out the best sources for top notch ingredients in your area and you won’t be disappointed. These crostini would be equally good with pears or apples. We just might try all three this weekend!

Catch up on the rest of our All Hallows Brunch right here.

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick 

Brooding Brunch: Heirloom Tomato Tart Recipe

We love holidays as much as the next blogger. It’s always fun to dream up the ultimate way to gear up for the most festive time of year. That said, last week we admitted to being less than Halloween enthusiasts. While costume parties may not be our thing, we did share our ideal spin on the celebration: a beautiful, haunting brunch with friends!

A tabletop overflowing with dark and moody seasonal goodies and a menu to boot, is going to make you forget all about all hollow’s eve and have you nightmarishly obsessed with hosting a spookily easy meal with friends! First up on the menu, a “bloody red” Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart.


Heirloom tomatoes are some of the prettiest produce available in the fall and with their varying colors, from deep purple to bright blood red and squash yellow, they are the perfect fruit to experiment with {yes, fruit. We triple checked}. This tart is your light and bright dish of the meal- it’s fresh, bold and beautiful. And no need to be a professional food garnisher {is there even such a thing?!} – the tomatoes totally do all the work!

“Bloody Red” Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart


2 large Heirloom Tomatos
1 package Goat Cheese
1 sheet Puff pastry
Oregano, salt and pepper for garnish

First, bake puff pastry according to box instructions and let cool to room temperature. Then spread goat cheese on pastry – as much or as little as your heart desires. Then slice tomatoes thinly and arrange in a circle- starting with a base and then alternating tomato variety for a gorgeous finished tart. Season with oregano and salt and pepper to your heart’s desire. You can also bake the tomatoes on a partially baked puff pastry sheet, but their flavor is so meaty and delicious that we prefer them fresh!

And there you have the easiest dish you’ve ever made. It’s sure to impress- no one has to know it only took you 15 minutes to put together!

Just thinking about it makes us hungry. Stop by here if you need tabletop ideas and stay tuned for the rest of the recipes to this perfectly delicious, brooding brunch as we continue to share them all month!

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // original recipe + styling by Apartment 34 

Tasty Tuesday: The Ultimate Brooding Brunch

Halloween is one of those holidays that you either love or you hate. For the costume obsessed crowd, the night is jam packed with festivities, but if you’re like us and prefer to spend the spook-filled night at home, sans face paint and spandex, we’ve put a ghoulish spin on a Halloween weekend brunch with friends. No resorting to rocking the bunny suit at this party- although we wouldn’t judge you if you did!


Brunch is one of our favorite past times and any excuse to have a themed one is as good as they come! Starting with a black tablecloth {or craft paper!} and a bountiful seasonal harvest you really don’t need much else to divise a dramatic brooding brunch!


For this spread, we really wanted to focus on a tablescape that anyone could recreate at home! We started with a major floral statement- that literally anyone can replicate – zero expertise required. Simply snap a dramatic apple branch from your backyard or snag a dry fallen branch from the park for an easy floral “arrangement” with a huge impact. Next, grab a plethora of produce from the farmers market {in a deep eggplant and moody green color palette, of course!} – think baby artichokes, a variety of squash, deep purple grapes and figs {while they last!}! From there, all you need are subtle hints of the haunting holiday incorporated in- no candy corn required. These x-ray snake plates are our current fave! Brass candlesticks and hints of gold pop against staple kitchen tools like slate and olive wood cheese boards. Throw up a black curtain to really set the mood and just like that, you have a beautifully haunting brunch!


If you like what you see, you’ll want to stay tuned: all the way up until Halloween we’re going to serve up seasonal brunch recipes that are so easy to make, it’s scary!


> Black Clara Chandelier
> Silver Stag Candlesticks
> X-Ray Tray
> Gold Cheese Knives Set
> Spider Web Skull
> X-Ray Plate Set
> Onyx Flatware
> Black and White Striped Napkin
> Spider Martini Shaker


original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // styling by Apartment 34