For Thanksgiving I made a pecan tart with a foolproof crust recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. It seriously is foolproof and the best crust ever. The secret is that it uses vodka. We had some Seagram’s Sweet Tea vodka left from a summer backyard party, and that was the perfect thing for a pecan tart.
Waldorf salad, originally created at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, has been a classic in homes for generations. We updated the classic by giving it a new look. Walnuts, raisins, apples, and celery with a strawberry mayonnaise dressing. The dressing is made with a little walnut oil, crème fraîche and pepper flakes as well. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD FOR COMMERCIAL USE.
We wait all year for the tomato season and the heirloom tomatoes that taste like tomatoes should. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD FOR COMMERCIAL USE.
One of the special things about living in the Santa Cruz area is the local seafood. Just past the town of Davenport, there is an abalone farm, American Abalone, that is open to the public on Saturday. It doesn’t get any fresher than picking out your own live abalone.
I know it sounds unbelievable, but we often have wine leftover. We also have a difficult time finding a decent wine vinegar, so I had the idea of making it out of the leftover wine. After all, how hard can it be? Actually, unlike other projects, this one turned out to be really easy! […]
This was definately “farm to table”, since we actually went to the farm. Artichokes are grown around Santa Cruz, and these were from the cliffs overlooking the Pacific. The aioli was made with rosemary and garlic confit. Tip: Garlic confit is a great thing to have on hand. We make it by slowly cooking garlic in oil on the stovetop at the lowest temperature possible, for about an hour, and then keeping it in the refrigerator for safe keeping. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD FOR COMMERCIAL USE.
I really want to be able to have dessert, even when I am trying to eat healthy. It doesn’t have to be ooey gooey, but it does have to look good and taste really good. These melon balls with just a touch of mint simple syrup were elegant and delicious. A little mint from the herb garden made the syrup easy, and the cantaloupe from the farmer’s market were fantastic. Proving that a dessert doesn’t have to have a ton of calories to be a hit. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD COMMERCIAL USE.
Inspired by the Seinfeld episode “Top of the Muffin to You”, I decided to try baking just the muffin tops. Not so impressive looking, since they look a lot like cookies, but the almonds on top definitely put them over the “top”.