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Berry Picking... Galettes... and 10 Years...

Berry Picking... Galettes... and 10 Years...

It has been a life changing year! And, really looking back at the the last 10 years when I have been blogging, I am at a loss for words to describe the transformation I have been through. That tonguetied-ness has been a reason for my quiet here. But…. I’ll try…! :)

So, as I was reflecting on 10 years of blogging and trying to figure what that milestone head would read, I realized that it was not about blogging but how one small step into this world, changed my entire life. Not entirely on its own, but like a stone gathering momentum, it set things in motion, it tweaked things in me, opened my eyes to certain qualities in myself and others, met so many interesting people, changed careers….. Starting this blog just created a little path in a new forest and that took to a place that I would never have imagined myself to be in 10 years ago - physically, metaphysically, emotionally, psychologically.

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(Y)ellow, (Y)ellow, How Are You?

(Y)ellow, (Y)ellow, How Are You?

When I was about 10, my parents bought me an yellow dress for my birthday. It was a knee length yellow and white striped thing, with puff sleeves, and, plain yellow bib like flap on top and skirting at the bottom. The bib and skirting were embroidered - "Sweety" and "But Naughty", in sprawling cursive letters. It was my favorite dress for many years; even when it faded and frayed, and, I outgrew it in height. I loved the color, such a happy tone but more than that, at that time still an introvert, I thought the writing was terribly clever.

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Rhubarb me Lovely!

Rhubarb me Lovely!

This post has a collection of wonderful recipes with rhubarb, previously shared and a new recipe for a Rhubarb Compound Butter!

Compound butters are a gastronomic rage. Rooted in French classic cuisine, they are well known for adding a depth of flavor of dishes. Often, when they are referred to, it is in conjunction with meats and seared ones at that. Yet, there is no reason to isolate them to either special meats or even restaurant meals. They are very easy to make and can elevate even a humble toast with a dash of more than plain butter. In return, all it asks for is good butter to begin with.

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{Gluten Free} Brown Butter Banana Loaf

{Gluten Free} Brown Butter Banana Loaf

The first from scratch baked item that I ever made was a banana bread loaf. It was inevitable. I LOVE bananas! As a kid, as soon as my mom brought home a bunch of bananas from the market, I would chomp through almost half of the bunch immediately. It was my every time snack!

Over the years, I have tried different versions and tweaks to the basic recipe - different flours, pureeing vs mashing the bananas, caramelizing the fruit, nuts and no nuts, loaf vs this cake, or, even muffins. The one thing I found was, while each of the variation did indeed make a small difference in the flavor and perhaps even texture, the end product was universally delightful and tasty. The thing is you simply can never go wrong with a banana loaf. It is the true magic of the bananas and its giving nature! ;-)

Today, I bring you yet another delightfully moist variation made with gluten free flours and further nuttiness of brown butter.

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Tart or Crostata?

Tart or Crostata?

On the face of it, it is simply fruit ensconced in pastry. The French call it Tart and the Italians call it Crostata and well... while we are at it, the Americans/Brits Pie. Beyond that higher similarity, though, there are deep differences - in technique, meaning and reflection of each culture. The Tart for example is the most technical and the crostata the most forgiving and the pie in between, a blend of technique and comfort. 

Today's subject is a simple fruit pie made with a pastry is slightly French, slightly Italian, inspired by the amazing prune (jam) crostatas I devour here and the lattice design they typically have on top!

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