{twd} a tart

Ia Orana! Today I’m sailing the South Pacific on the way to Bora Bora.

I made a tart, just not the tart for today. The December Tuesdays with Dorie recipes weren’t posted in time before my trip, so I chose to make the La Palette Strawberry Tart. This tart was selected prior to me joining the group by Marie of A Year in Oak Cottage. I made the tart with kiwis because that is what I had on hand. I made one mini-tart and used pastry cream instead of jam. I peeled and sliced the kiwis, added a bit of sugar, a bit of limoncello, and a bit of black pepper. Delicious!

{twd} Chocolate Crunched Caramel Tart + Giveaway

I’m still recovering from my whirlwind weekend in San Francisco for Blogher Food 2009. Every time I visit the City and the Bay Area, I get a little sad because I don’t live there anymore and I have to remind myself to visit more often.

Lunch at the conference was sponsored by a frozen pasta meal company that shall not be named. It was awful and that is putting it mildly. Rocco DiSpirito (who is gorgeous in real-life) was there promoting the products and trying to convince all us food bloggers that frozen meals are great and that he has a freezer full of them. We were encouraged to Tweet the frozen pasta meal company and Rocco during the meal to ask questions about the product. The Tweets were projected on a big screen. If your question was picked, you won some prizes.


Fueled by the wine served at lunch and encouraged by the women sitting at my table, I tweeted Rocco and asked him: “Hey, I’m newly single. Want to go out?“. It was fun and carefree, but Rocco never responded. :'(.
Prior to asking him out, one of my questions about the frozen pasta meal company was picked and I won some prizes which I will now share with you.

I have a copy of Rocco DiSpirito’s Rocco Gets Real: Cook at Home Everyday. If you would like it, let me know what you think. Should Rocco have responded? Did he miss a great opportunity? 😛 Please leave a comment and let me know your opinion by 11:59pm on 10/5. Winner will be randomly selected.


Thank you to Carla of Chocolate Moosey for selecting this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. I made the full recipe and served it a dinner party. It was very delicious and people enjoyed it. I loved the crunch the nuts added. Oh, and I used honey-roasted cashews because I couldn’t find honey-roasted peanuts and sprinkled the tart with cocoa powder. If  you would like the recipe, please visit Carla’s blog or buy the book.

{twd}Brioche Plum and Gooseberry Tart

Gooseberries! Gooseberries are new to me. I saw them at Whole Foods and bought them to try.

Added them to this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, Brioche Plum Tart, along with the plums (although not the Italian prune plums Dorie Greenspan tends to recommend in recipes that call for plums). Found gooseberry jam at World Market and used that too.

I made the whole recipe, but instead of one big tart I made 6 mini-tarts and cut each into quarters for sharing at work. This was a great recipe. Once the brioche dough is made, it’s very simple: just fruit, nuts, sugar, and jam. You can’t go wrong with brioche and jam!

Also, ever since I read in The Bread Baker’s Apprentice about using poor man’s brioche as a tart crust I’ve been wanting to try it. And I liked it! Because of the breadiness of the brioche this is definitely a breakfast treat, like a fruit Danish, not a dessert you eat for breakfast like brownies or cake. :P.

Thank you to Denise of Chez Us who selected this week’s recipe. If you would like the recipe, visit her blog.