Spinach Tart with Olive Oil Sesame Cracker Crust

Spinach Tart

cooking for family and friends is the best kind of cooking.  naturally I’m thinking of our fast approaching holidays and encouraging you to expand your recipe collection to include this spinach tart. I like to think about what I might serve as a starter or an appetizer for a dinner party.  I like the idea […]

Butter Leaf, Tangerine and Toasted Walnut Salad with a Citrus Dressing

Butter Leaf Salad with Tangerines, Walnuts and a Citrus Dressing / Patty's Food

The tangerines from my backyard tree are so sweet right now I’ve been trying to eat a few every day.  I handed my granddaughter Gracie a small tangerine and what seemed like a second later she had eaten the entire tangerine peel and all.  I was thinking, oh no -but she had a big smile […]

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 […]

Golden Beet Arugula Salad with Key Lime Champagne Vinaigrette

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  I promised a salad recipe this week because even though I like to think I could live on cookies, cakes, breads and even apple strudel…the truth is I do have cravings for what I like to call ‘real food’ like soups and salads.  I like eggs and cheese too.  One of my favorite easy […]

Shallot, Chive & Meyer Lemon Biscuits with My Go-To Butternut Squash & Apple Soup for FFWD

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These simple Saint-Germain-des-Près Onion Biscuits from Around My French Table received a bonne idée from me this week.  I substituted the original recipe’s 1/2 cup of finely chopped onion for 2 small finely chopped shallots and about 1/4 cup minced fresh chives.  With a surplus of Meyer lemons in my produce bin I’m always looking […]

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 […]

Favorite Spring Vegetable Pot-Au-Feu for French Fridays with Dorie

Change is in the air, nothing stays the same forever including a suggested recipe for warm weather vegetables from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.  Referred to as a springboard recipe and in my case it was also an ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ recipe as I reached deep into my fridge to pull […]

Raw Beet and Carrot Salad with Fresh Herbs

I’m hiding in my house from the fire department right now, working on my blog because this afternoon is the only time I have to work on it and when the fire truck drives by, I just get down on the floor and wait for it to pass by and hope they don’t stop and […]