Herb Focaccia and some Italian Grandmother failures

It’s herb season!  We got thyme in the box for the first time, and basil is coming out of our ears.  My neighbor’s rosemary bush, which might have made some surreptitious contributions to meals past, is exploding right now, practically covering the sidewalk.  Herbs are everywhere, and I love it.  I decided to put some … Continue reading

Tomato Tart

Okay, so you know how I said I don’t make pastry? Well, this time I did and I did not explode. It turns out pate brisée is a breeze! The only thing I did different was blend the flour, salt, and chilled butter in the food processor rather than trying to cut it in. Then I … Continue reading

Ratatouille Tart

I recently discovered I actually love puff pastry. I had made a recipe once before and had opted for the expensive, artisanal kind at my grocery store and it turned out incredibly greasy. Turns out most puff pastry is not greasy – just delicious. No now I buy the conventional brand – but do let … Continue reading

Tuna Melts

Yes, more Emeril. Sue me. This is a great weeknight meal that is pescatarian , uses up some of my lovely yellow CSA tomatoes, and is a breeze to put together. Here is the original – I’ve changed it up just a little. And have I mentioned – the combination of Emeril and Martha is … Continue reading

Vietnamese Spring Rolls – Goi Cuon

When we get a lot of lettuce from the CSA, especially that beautiful red Romain, I like to do a “roll your own springrolls” night. There’s no set recipe, just a bunch of stuff out on plates that we can roll up in rice paper and eat. Here’s a list of possible ingredients: cooked shrimp … Continue reading