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Tart for Dinner

In Cookbooks, Homemade, Kitchen Equipment on September 22, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I'm quite sure I heard them say "bake me"

Pies take time to make.  But get carefree, dare I say even a little sloppy, call it a rustic tart (or as some do, a galette), and you’ve got pie without the prep time.  I’m not sure it makes sense. But I know it’s true.

I have to set aside a chunk of time to make an apple pie.  Time to peel and core and cut up the apples.  Time to make the crust, roll it out, weave the lattice top.

I enjoy making a proper apple pie, but I don’t always have the time to do it.

A perfect excuse to break out the apple plates.

Yesterday, I threw together a rustic apple tart, though, on a day when I was so busy I should have ordered Chinese take out.

What made that so quick while an apple pie takes so long?  It’s a lot of little choices that add up.

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Bigger than a Breadbox

In Cookbooks, Homemade on September 5, 2010 at 10:08 am

Taming the giant zucchini

My neighbor gave me a bag of fresh vegetables and at the same time, dumped a giant green log into my arms.

Great. An ancient zucchini. What to do with that.

I vaguely remembered my friend Whit DeSpoon talking about the giant zucchini of his childhood days in Italy: they’d keep one on the counter, cut off a bit of it and use it. Sort of sounded like the way we used a piece of cured meat in our eastern North Carolina kitchen growing up.

So I let the giant zucchini sit on the counter for a while. I eyed it. I tried to think of a reason to hack off a piece and add it to  a dish. Honestly, I didn’t want to risk ruining anything I was cooking.

I thought about tossing it into the garbage, but that made me feel guilty.

Plus this zucchini was so big, I thought it might climb out of my herby curby and let itself back into the kitchen with a “hiya, whoops, don’t think you meant to throw me out.”

This morning, I decided it was time to roll up my sleeves and have a go.

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