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Skillet lasagna

1 Dec

Courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen.

Marinated Red Onions

14 Aug

Marinated Red Onions
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Thinly slice a red onion and place in a non-reactive bowl.

Pour over a blended mixture of 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar and 1 tbsp dried oregano.

Cover with plastic wrap and let sit on the counter to marinate for a minimum of three hours.


Tomato Tarte Tatin with Goat Cheese

9 Jul

This savoury take on a classic apple tarte tatin is reminiscent of pizza, only more refined. Slivered, it makes a great appetizer (tear fresh arugula overtop), or serve wedges of it with a side of peppery greens.

8 – 10 Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise, or 2 baskets cherry or grape tomatoes

Olive or canola oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

10 oz pkg. soft goat cheese or Boursin (plain, peppered or herbed)

In a large cast-iron or ovenproof skillet, arrange the tomatoes cut-side up and drizzle with oil; toss gently with your hands to coat them well, rearrange them in a single layer, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 400°F, then roast for an hour. Remove from the oven.

Roll the puff pastry out to approximately the same size as the tomato pan. Crumble the goat cheese over the roasted tomatoes and top the pan with the puff pastry, crimping the edges with your fingers in a “sloppy/rustic” style or trimming the corners off with a paring knife to make a circle.

Bake 20 minutes, until the puff pastry is golden. Let sit for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a serving dish; retrieve any goat cheese that has stuck to the bottom of the pan and put it back onto the tart. Cut into wedges to serve. Serves 4 to 6.


Butter Tart Slice

29 Jun

4 St Rose Thelma’s Apple Pie

27 Jun
4 street rose

A beloved hangout… 4 Street Rose in its 1980s-90 heyday. It closed in 2003.

A close facsimile from 4 Street Rose’s Thelma’s Apple Pie, which featured Granny Smith apples, a cream cheese cinnamon filling and shortbread crust:


Apple Bavarian torte comes from “The Joy of Cheesecake” (Barron’s, 1980) in a recipe submitted by Adeline Brown of Michigan.

3/4 cup butter, chilled and cut into small pieces

1 1/2 cups flour, sifted

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 pound cream cheese

2 eggs

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup shelled walnuts, chopped

Process butter, flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in food processor until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press dough into bottom and 2 inches up sides of 10-inch springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees 5 minutes and set aside.

Beat together cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in large mixing bowl until completely blended. Pour into prepared crust.

Mix apples, cinnamon, remaining 1/4 cup sugar and remaining 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in bowl. Layer apples on top of torte filling and sprinkle with walnut pieces.

Bake at 450 degrees 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 45 minutes more. Cool torte to room temperature, then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes 12 to 16 servings.

Tex Mex appies

12 Jun