Asparagus Potato Puff Pastry Tart

I’m tempted to just leave this here and make a hasty retreat into the shadows. I’ve been hanging on to this recipe for a week, initially excited about sharing it. Then I looked at these pictures and noticed how stingy I was with the asparagus and I just groaned in disappointment (it wasn’t intentional; I […]

Europe 2012, Part 1: French Riviera (and an Apple-Chocolate Tart)

  St. Jean Cap Ferrat was located on the other side of the peninsula, just another French Riviera town listed on the map when my husband and I decided to make Villefranche Sur Mer our base during a visit of the area two years ago.  We were happy to chance upon Villefranche while doing research […]

Fresh Blueberry Mini Tarts

    Today was supposed to be a Silent Sunday post but I was too giddy with excitement about sharing this recipe to let it wait another day.  Besides, I plan to publish the first installment of my Local Spotlight series this week and it will be image-heavy so I thought you wouldn’t mind.  There’s […]

Apple-Banana Tart

The title of this post should read Rustic Apple-Banana Tart.  The first word is my catchall term for all my less-than-photogenic baked goods.  My favorite sweet pastry crust never fails me; in fact, most of the time the recipe is not to blame. It’s this baker.  How could I go from marveling at my perfectly […]

Pastéis de Nata

Thoughts of my visit to Portugal a few years ago always evoke warm feelings for the relaxed, friendly atmosphere of Lisbon, azure skies and equally blue waters of the Algarve coastline.  Also vivid in my mind are the cork oaks that stood proudly along the country roads.  The tree trunks were in various stages of […]

Fresh Fig Galette

  This is the fig galette that I had planned to serve to friends recently.  But time being scarce that day, I made these stuffed figs instead, a tasty answer to my call for a shortcut dessert.  Not having grown up eating fresh figs, I am still discovering all that this ancient fruit has to offer.  Truth […]

Strawberry-Frangipane Tart

  As early/mid April to late June is the peak harvest time for strawberries here in northern California, the fruits–which are actually a member of the rose family–abound.  Strawberries belong to the Rosaceae family, as do apples, pears, quinces, peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, blackberries and raspberries.  I’m not certain how accurate this is but the […]

Key Lime Blueberry Ginger Tart (and a Giveaway!)

  Whew! The name is a mouthful but it belies how truly easy this tart was to make.  I spent the early part of the last weekend preparing for a much-anticipated dinner with a couple of blogger friends you might know (more on this in upcoming post) and by Sunday morning, I realized that I […]