Savory Mushroom Shallot Pie for French Fridays with Dorie

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  The title of this post should read- savory mushroom shallot pie and the mystery of the missing 9″ quiche pan-sort of sounds like the title of a Nancy Drew mystery story with a food theme twist.  It was a dark and stormy night, it really was…  as I gathered the ingredients to make my […]

Fried Green San Marzano Tomatoes with Roasted Tomato Sauce

Fried Green San Marzano Tomatoes with Roasted Tomato Sauce / Patty's Food

  San Marzano tomatoes are a famous variety of tomatoes that are for the most part associated with Italy but here in Northern California we also have the right climate to grow these thick skinned flavorful Roma style tomatoes. The past few weeks my cup runneth over with San Marzano tomatoes and believe me-I’m not […]

manchego-quinoa cakes with padron peppers

manchego-quinoa cakes with padron peppers

Attention Padron pepper fans, it’s that time of year again!  This Summer we’re seeing more Padron peppers in the bins at both farmers markets and grocery stores.  I think it’s safe to say that for those of us who have discovered Padron peppers- the best eating peppers in the world, our love affair is in […]

heirloom tomato, fresh mozzarella and sweet basil tartlet

tomato cheese tartlets

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve made an assigned French Friday with Dorie recipe but this tomato covered tartlet made with purchased puff pastry looked like an easy and delicious way to take advantage of a surplus of tomatoes.   We enjoyed our tartlet for an appetizer last night before dinner but I also think […]

Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese, Apple & Walnut Quiche for French Fridays

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I arrived at the cheese counter fully planning to pick up the soft mild blue cheese from Italy called for in the recipe, but after a few minutes of perusing the blue cheese section I made the decision to go local. It wasn’t that difficult with a hunk of Point Reyes original blue cheese staring […]

California Style Gougères

Christmas day started out foggy here so when the bright sunshine burned through the heavy grey clouds it turned into a beautiful day.  We haven’t had any rain for quite a while and no snow in the mountains surely bummed out a lot of skiers over the holiday.  I can’t remember the last time I […]

Glamour Girl Antipasti Pizza

Maybe it was taking my grandson Noah to a matinee to see The Adventures of Tintin yesterday or spending a few days with him and an overnight with his brother JD last week but it started me thinking about having all three of them for New Year’s Eve and what, of course, we’re going to […]

The Best Way to Enjoy Padron Peppers

Padron peppers are Luis Castelero’s pride and joy.  He grows Padron peppers at his ranch in Lake County, California and likes to serve them in the purest way which is using the following recipe that he shared with me.  It goes something like this, blistered in a heavy skillet coated with olive oil and then […]

Burrata, Tomato and Strawberry Salad for French Fridays with Dorie

Small confession, my husband Scott and I have become obsessed with burrata cheese from Italy.  Yes I know that Italy is not a region in France and that burrata cheese may be an unusual choice for French Fridays but this Friday it’s on the menu.  Burrata is a fresh tasting rich creamy cheese with an […]

Tourteau de Chèvre for French Fridays with Dorie

I feel like Sam I Am in Green Eggs and Ham, do you like tourteau de chèvre?  But instead of saying, I do not like tourteau de chèvre, I would say right away, yes I do Sam I Am, I like tourteau de chèvre and I would eat it in a boat, with a goat, […]