Monday, 17 September 2018

Pear, Proscuitto and Brie Tart


This is so easy and and quick to make at the last minute, providing you have the ingredients on hand!

The quality of phyllo dough varies hugely from one brand to another. It’s particularly important here to get a good-quality phyllo as there is so much of it. The phyllo is acting as a casing and adding the extra crispness you get from blind baking, like a cross between a crostata and a quiche. The combination of the pear, brie and prosciutto is is complex and delicious....especially with wine.

I recently made two for appetizer and wine hour before dinner at the beach in Oregon....they were a huge hit with family!

Pear, Prosciutto and Brie Tart 

 6 sheets of phyllo dough
1/3 fresh pear, peeled, seeded and diced
2 slices of thinly sliced prosciutto
1-2 ounces Brie cheese 
melted butter 

Preheat oven to 375 F degrees

Prepare your baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper.

Layer 6 sheets of phyllo, brushing with butter between each sheet. I made a square with each sheet by folding it back about 5-6 inches. I put the folded end on opposing sides with each layer. When done, I cut the corners off to make a circle.

Scatter the toppings on top of the phyllo, leaving about 2 inches all the way around so you can fold over. I put the brie first then the pear and finished with the prosciutto, but you can do it however you want.



Fold the edges of the phyllo all around and brush with butter.

Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the edges are golden. The toppings should be melted a a bit golden.

Cut into wedges with a pizza cutter and serve warm.....YUM!


Part of my large family recently met up on the Oregon coast for some family fun! Our daughter Laura prompted this photo on the deck of the home we rented for a long weekend! After several tries, with the sun not quite right....we got it! 

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Rhubarb and Peach Crostata


There is something about the look of this rustic tart that really wins, hands down for me!  To me rustic means unsophisticated, ragged and unpretentious. So often it is so much tastier as the dish is made from the heart with a special ingredient.......LOVE. Where the focus is sharing the love you have for people through the food you make for them, not through what it looks like.  Quote by Cesar Chavez

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Rhubarb and Raspberry Crostata


I love making a galette or crostata! So easy to make, require only a few ingredients and does not require a lot of time.....however, presentation is spectacular! 

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Instant Pot Summer Corn Chowder



This recipe is good for frozen corn, but, if fresh corn is available it is outstanding! I like to support my local farmers and buy at the roadside stand or at our local Farmer's Market.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Chicken Mango Peach Chutney Salad

 This is my favorite chicken salad! It screams SUMMER! Take it along to a picnic, BBQ or holiday gathering! Every time I make this salad I get rave reviews, everyone goes back for seconds. 

I find the chutney at the neighborhood grocery, it is Bonne Maman brand, but you can use any brand.


Saturday, 21 July 2018

Parmesan Panko Halibut Cheeks



I didn't need another reason to adore Mutual fish on Rainer Avenue in Seattle, however they provided me with a HUGE reason last week!! I stopped in to get a few pounds of Manilla clams for my tasty Chorizo Clams and Manilla Clams with bacon, yes, I make both ........I love them with bacon and the hubster loves them with chorizo. They are so quick to make, I don't really mind doing both versions, either in my instant pot or on the cook top and oh so yummy... Okay, okay...I'm getting off the subject....I was perusing the fish case while my clams were being packaged up and nearly fell over when I saw HALIBUT CHEEKS! WOWZER DOWZER! I quickly had my fish monger package up just under 3/4 pound for the following nights dinner. My fish monger telling me they are so hard to get, but, would gladly call me when they get them in and explaining that the halibut only have two cheeks and how rare they are.....this sort of had me giggling and wiggling ....imagining the halibut fish and their cheeks....

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Instant Pot Pasta BLT Salad



It is the time of the year when we are attending lot's of barbecues, birthday's, anniversaries, picnics, reunions and Summer holiday parties. I look forward to this time of year, lot's of fun with family and many potluck get togethers. Pasta salad is a family favorite, perfect along side of Barbecue Pulled Pork sandwiches, Barbecue Baby Back Ribs or Hamburger Sliders! This is a 30 minute start to finish salad! I made this for a annual family BBQ on Lake Chelan, it was a big hit! If you like pasta and BLT sandwiches, this salad is for you!