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apple gallette

When winter sets in, make this smallish apple gallette!!!!!! One large apple is all you need, apple juice reduced, homemade pie dough apricot jam glaze!

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Quiche Lorraine

I made this yesterday and it was amazing,Here is the recipe:

‘adapted from (Simply Recipes)’

Use about 1/2 cup leeks, finely chopped, and sautéed in butter first, before spreading over the bottom of the quiche crust with the cubed ham.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 recipe pie dough or a prepared frozen pie crust
  • 1/2 pound (225 g) of cubed (1/2”) ham, fried up (you can use more or less to your taste)
  • 1/2 cup (235 ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) heavy cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper to taste (we used about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (4 ounces, 113 g) grated gruyere or other cheese (cheddar works too)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chopped chives or fresh chopped marjoram

1 Rollout the dough, form into a tart pan, then freeze: If you are making your own pie crust, roll out the pie dough into a 12-inch round. Place it in a 10-inch wide, 1 1/2-inch high tart pan, pressing the dough into the corners.

Use a rolling pin to roll over the surface of the tart pan to cleanly cut off the excess dough from the edges.

Freeze for at least half an hour before blind-baking.

2 Pre-bake the frozen crust: (also called “blind” baking) If you are using a store-bought frozen crust, follow the directions on the package for pre-baking.

If you are pre-baking a homemade crust, preheat oven to 350°F. Line the frozen crust with heavy duty aluminum foil. Allow for a couple inches to extend beyond the sides of the tart or pie pan.

Fill tart pan with dry beans, sugar, or rice, or the bottom of a smaller baking pan

If you are using a pan with a removable bottom, place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet in the oven to catch any spillage.

Bake for 15 minutes. Then remove from oven, remove the pie weights (the easiest way to do this is to lift up the foil by the edges) and the foil, and set aside.

3 Cook the ham: Heat a large frying pan on medium heat. Arrange ham cubes in a single layer on the bottom of the pan (you may need to work in batches or do two pans at once).

Slowly cook the ham until nicely browned and much of the fat has rendered out.

4 Preheat oven to 350°F.

5 Whisk eggs, add nutmeg, salt, pepper, cream, milk: Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Add the nutmeg, salt, black pepper and chives and whisk a little more. Add the milk and cream and whisk vigorously to incorporate and introduce a little air into the mix – this keeps the texture of the quiche light and fluffy.

6 Put filling in pre-baked crust: Arrange the ham and cheese in the bottom of the pie crust.

Whisk the egg-milk mixture hard again for a few seconds, then pour it gently into the pie crust.

7 Bake: Put the quiche into the preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes.

Check for doneness after 30 minutes by gently jiggling the quiche. It should still have just a little wiggle. (It will finish setting while it cools.) Cool on a wire rack.

Eat at room temperature, cold (a quiche will keep for several days in the fridge), or reheated gently in a 200-degree oven.

Pie (Quiche)dough recipe:

This recipe makes 1 pâte brisée crust, enough for one tart or one bottom crust. If you are making a pie with a bottom and top crust, double this recipe and form two discs of dough instead of one.

I go back and forth on whether to use 8 Tbsp or 10 Tbsp of butter. If you are blind baking the crust (for example for a quiche), I recommend using 8 Tbsp of butter. The higher flour to fat ratio will help the crust keep its form when you pre-bake it.

If you are not pre-baking the crust I recommend using 10 Tbsp of butter, the higher fat to flour ratio will give you a flakier crust, and it will be easier to roll out.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cups (160 g) all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 Tbsp (1 stick, 112 g) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp ice water, very cold

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painting flowers…..

Not finished yet, but here are photos of the process….from a vase of flowers to a large acrylic canvas…..

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where is summer????

remembering august 18, 2019, just picked carrots from our back yard garden!

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pheasant for dinner

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1 small hen, roasted and drippings gravy
2 small round pumpkins, roasted with seeds
cranberry tart with whipped cream

recipe: I substituted the orange juice with apple cider and used cranberry relish instead of the orange jam

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup ice water
  • Cooking spray
  • Filling:
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries

Nutritional Information

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 2

To prepare crust, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt in a bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Step 3

Sprinkle surface with ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time; toss with a fork until moist and crumbly (do not form a ball). Gently press mixture into a 4-inch circle on plastic wrap. Cover and chill for 15 minutes.

Step 4

Slightly overlap 2 lengths of plastic wrap on slightly damp surface. Unwrap and place chilled dough on plastic wrap. Cover dough with 2 additional lengths of overlapping plastic wrap. Roll dough, still covered, into a 14-inch circle. Place dough in freezer 5 minutes or until plastic wrap can be easily removed.

Step 5

Remove plastic wrap; fit dough into a 10-inch round removable-bottom tart pan coated with cooking spray. Fold edges under or flute decoratively.

Step 6

To prepare filling, combine juice and cornstarch in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add remaining ingredients; stir well. Pour mixture into prepared pan.

Step 7

Bake at 425° for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350° (do not remove tart from oven); bake an additional 35 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack.

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sunflowers in bloom

sunfower display in Penfield, NY

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Sliced rye bread, slightly toasted, spread with cream cheese, three slices of farm cheese and a sheet of smoked salmon! Top with a sprkinkle of capers and some pepper!

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this is an easy quick salad, just 2 radishes sliced on a mandolin, half a seedless cucumber quartered then chopped, one shallot, chopped fine, white wine vinegar, olive oil , salt and pepper!

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love these looks, very modern hair and makeup from the runways of new york

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In my opinion, some great evening looks! Red Carpet for sure!

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Harry’s Berries strawberries, Spanish Cured Ham or Prosciutto
Garden picked arugula
Mozzarella sliced
Olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper

Toss the arugula with the olive oil and vinegar, sprinkle with salt and pepper, assemble in a bowl and layer the prosciutto, mozarella and strawberries on top.
Serve with pan fried whole wheat bread slices or sourdough slices!

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pink dogwood branch

from our huge dogwood tree…absolutely stunning….can’t wait to paint it

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Croatian Pizza

amazing pizza in Croatia, here is one with arugula, prosciutto, green olives and sheeps cheese,and a bit of tomato sauce on the bottom

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