I’m not ready! According to the calendar we are in fall but it was sunny and in the 70’s last weekend on Fire Island. The day trippers were gone. The diehards; (owners), are here. Its quiet and beautiful. I grabbed my clippers and went around snipping fall foliage from all the neighborhood yards. The rainbow colors of the foliage and the crisp feel in the air, as sad as it was, that summer is over, was awe inspiring. Continue reading
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
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
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…