We Are the World

 

I was thinking about my friends all over the world today. We have only one planet that we must share, hopefully  with love and peace.

My heart particularly cries for the people of Puerto Rico and the families of the hideous slaughter of the innocent people in Las Vegas.

I wanted to reach out to all of them with some International Cuisine. Continue reading

Houston we have a problem

The words spoken by the commander of the Apollo 13 , Jim Lovell, to NASA Mission control were actually: “Uh, Houston we’ve had a problem”….

Reporting the explosion that crippled their aircraft.

The devastation in Houston last week was beyond anyone’s comprehension.

Earth we have a problem!!!!! Continue reading

Pies and Skies and Little Guys and yes there is still Mars

 

 

IMG_1081(1)So its now August (huh? How did that happen?) Its peak tomato season!!! IMG_1091

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.

IMG_1125Hello Mars!!099E563D-9F70-460A-A51D-9A1CBF3BFCEA(1) Bake tarts until lightly browned. 350 30 minutes or so.IMG_1089(1)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.

IMG_1098Top 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.IMG_1198Beautiful images everywhere.IMG_1127Cut into 8 squaresIMG_1111IMG_1111



Gargoyles guard my house!

Sunflowers a surprise event this summer!Entrepreneurs in townIMG_1134 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

IMG_1102IMG_1101(1)SORRY, I get distracted by the beauty around me. Here you go plums, peaches and nectarines sliced to about the same size.IMG_1105Add 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.FullSizeRender(72)IMG_1107IMG_1110OK 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.IMG_1109(1)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.

IMG_1112(1)Wha la!!!IMG_0635

 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…

“see it”