What’s not to love about such gorgeous ingredients? And most of these were purchased at my newly-discovered paradise: the Aptos Farmer’s Market. Locally grown AND delicious!
I’ll have to warn my friends. My obsession with foodie photography will only worsen as we move into the summer months and I suddenly find myself with more time on my hands. It happens every year. The sunny weather, less demanding schedule, and abundance of fresh ingredients, are too much to resist. I hear the siren call of succulent fare and I am swept away!
Last year I was especially proud of this EASY plum tart:
- Place 1 thawed puff pastry sheet (half of a 17.3-ounce package) on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Using the tip of a knife, score a 1-inch border around the pastry without cutting all the way through. Scatter 3 thinly sliced red plums within the border and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake at 375° F until the edges of the dough are golden and crisp, 30 to 35 minutes. Serves 4.
By Kate Merker and Sara Quessenberry, August 2010
Only three ingredients but so yummy! Perfect for an impromptu brunch or afternoon tea with the ladies.
I also love pouring over a new cookbook every once in a while and spending a few weeks trying out the recipes that catch my eye. My sweetheart picked this one up for me (uh huh, he’s clever that one—knew if he gave me a cookbook that he would soon reap the rewards of home cooking!):
I tried out several of the recipes, including the cucumber and salmon bites and the crabbed stuffed mushrooms, shown here.
Some of the recipes were more complicated than others, but I have a feeling I’m up for the challenge this year. This cookbook hasn’t seen the last of me! And as for my Facebook friends—well, sorry pals, you haven’t seen the last of my photos.
Today's Gratitude List
- an easy Monday at work
- patient colleagues
- leftover ice cream cake
- books, books, books
- my favorite pillow