So its now August (huh? How did that happen?) Its peak tomato season!!!
So I decided to make a tomato tart. Its the season for heirloom cherry tomatoes and fabulous beefsteak tomatoes!!! I’m in heaven!! I took 6 sheets of Phyllo dough and spread each with melted butter on both sides and layered them on top of each other, then rolled up edges.
Hello Mars!! Bake tarts until lightly browned. 350 30 minutes or so.Top baked tarts with a combination of cream cheese (8 oz each tart) and sour cream ( 4 oz or so ) and lemon zest to taste.
Top cooked tarts with cream cheese and sour cream mixture, sliced heirloom cherry tomatoes and beefsteak tomatoes top with torn basil leaves.
Salt and Pepper and drizzle of Olive Oil.Beautiful images everywhere.Cut into 8 squares
Gargoyles guard my house!
Sunflowers a surprise event this summer!Entrepreneurs in town Yet another lovely sunset
And then there are the children of Fire Island that have the freedom to be children and explore uninhibited, their magical surroundings.
Damn that’s a good photo! Haha Ok I digressed now on to tarts….
Peaches Plums and Nectarines
SORRY, I get distracted by the beauty around me. Here you go plums, peaches and nectarines sliced to about the same size.Add a big squeeze of lemon juice ( 3 lemons) and some gated ginger (peeled and grated about 3 tablespoons) and the seeds of 4 vanilla beans.OK I cheated I bought pre-made pie crusts. I used the bottom as is, then took the top crust and warmed it my hands as I worked it into ball then rolled out and cut into strips.I criscrossed the pie under/over to make a home made looking pie and sprinkled with brown sugar . I baked at 350 for about 45 minutes until bubbly and brown.
So here’s the deal…you need to pay attention to the beauty and magic of everyday life around you. It’s all there you just need to…
I haven’t done much grilling on my BBQ out on FI; so I thought with this heat wave it would be a good idea to grill outside instead of heating up the house. I thought I would do a “hibachi” style steak dinner with a Asian Coleslaw.
1/8 cup canola oil
12 wonton wrappersHAHA Light Not so much!!!
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1/2 cup almonds
6 cups shredded Napa cabbage
2 cups chopped baby Bok choy
1 cup julienned carrots
1 bunch scallions, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 cupped stemmed and sliced sugar snap or snow peas
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
4 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons sesame oil, or to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Teaspoons freshly grated ginger
Juice from 1/2 lime
Heat canola oil
in a small 6 inch skillet over medium heat. Cut each wonton wrapper squares into 5 strips. Once the oil is hot, cook stripes in batches until golden. Season with salt, to taste, and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Set aside.
Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Cook almonds over medium heat until golden brown, shaking pan frequently and keeping a close eye on them so they don’t burn. Season with salt and set aside.CarrotsBeef
Place cabbage, bok choy, carrots, scallions, snow peas, and cilantro in a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, lime juice and salt. Just before serving toss the vegetables with the dressing and serve with crunchy wontons and almonds on top.
Steak and Veggies with Zesty Cilantro Sauce (Chimichurri)
Beef tenderloin fillets make this quick summer dish very special. You can also use also use 2 (8 oz) sirloin steaks, grilled for 4 minutes on each side.
! !/4 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes cut into wedges
4 ( 4oz) beef tenderloin fillets
1 tsp. kosher salt, divided
1 tsp black pepper, divided
1 lb. yellow squash, cut diagonally into 1/4 inch pieces ( about 3 cups)
2 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
1 1/2 Tbsp. chopped garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
Preheat grill to medium 350 to 400 degrees
Place potatoes in a microwave safe dish; cover tightly with plastic wrap. cut a 1/2 inch slit in plastic. Microwave at High 6 minutes or until almost tender. Coat grill grate with cooking spray. Add potatoes to grill ( skewer if necessary) ; cook 5 minutes or until tender and marked, turning after 3 minutes.
Coat fillets with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add fillets to grill; cook 3-5 minutes on each side until desired degree of doneness. Remove fillets from pan; cover and keep warm.
Coat squash with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add squash and garlic in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add squash to grill; cook 3 minutes or until tender and lightly charred. Place remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and garlic in a food processor, pulse until finely chopped. Add oil; process 30 seconds or until smooth. Serve with cilantro mixture with potatoes, fillets, and squash.Yummy Fire IslandCool Manhattan
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Cuban Meat Stuffing
Sometimes I just hanker for Cuban food!, so this week I am revisiting what my mother called “Cuban meat stuffing”, which is actually a dish called Picadillo. It originated in Spain but as immigrants of that country brought this dish to the America’s… the main land and each of the Carribean island’s put its own spin on this recipe. This is typical of the Puerto Rican and Cuban culture. My mother taught me to make this when I was a kid but the first time I made for her she told me I made it better than her!!! Continue reading
I was making black olive bread, and the song Blackbird by the BEATLES kept playing in my head. I mixed a couple of different black olives.
Mediterranean Black Olive Bread Recipe
3/4 teaspoon Active dry yeast
2 teaspoons salt
3 cups bread flour
1 cup chopped pitted Kalamata olives
In a medium bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and let proof for at least 5 minutes.
In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine salt and the bread flour. Mix on low, with the paddle attachment, just to combine.
Add the yeast water mixture and mix on low until a shaggy dough forms.
cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise in a warm place for 10 t0 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place 4 qt dutch oven in preheated oven, without lid, for 30 minutes.
Turn dough onto floured surface and roughly press dough into a flat rectangle. Sprinkle 1/3 of the chopped olives. Sprinkle 1/3 of the chopped olives on top and fold once, hiding the olives and pressing down again to form another flat shape. repeat 2 more times until you have used up all the olives. Then form a ball with floured hands. Let rest for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours until doubled in size.
Once the dutch oven has preheated, transfer the dough ball into the heated Dutch oven. Cover with the lid and bake uncovered, for 15 more minutes until golden brown.Remove from oven place bread on a wire rack and cool for at last 15 minutes before slicingFabulous!!!Blackbirds are singing !!!
Andrew and I had dinner at Mario Batali’s new restaurant in the world trade center a couple of weeks ago .Osteria della Pacia It was inside of Eataly
Let me first apologize for last weeks blank! ugh! I’m still getting used to new website after hack.But I have been cooking and photographing so let me catch you up!! Continue reading