Cranberry Tart with Almond Frangipane

Cranberry Tart with Almond Frangipane - This French style fruit tart stars tart cranberries & a nutty almond frangipane nestled in a buttery pastry shell & topped with sugared cranberries & honeyed pistachios. It's elegant, yet easy & sure to impress at parties.

This French style fruit tart stars tart cranberries & a nutty almond frangipane nestled in a buttery pastry shell & topped with sugared cranberries & honeyed pistachios.  This elegant, yet easy dessert is sure to impress at your next party.

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Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles

Chocolate Tart with Champagne & Truffles - A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It's then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It's the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. Click for RECIPE.

A buttery chocolate crust is filled with a silky chocolate ganache with hints of champagne & cognac. It’s then topped with luxurious chocolate truffles & champagne glass sugar cookies. It’s the ultimate of romantic desserts & is perfect for Valentines Day, anniversaries, New Years, or any other day you want to up the romance & treat your senses to an indulgent chocolate dessert. 

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Poached Pears in a Chocolate Nutty Tart with Malbec Molasses

Poached Pears in a Chocolate, and Mascarpone Nutty Tart with Malbec Molasses

What could be more elegant during the holiday season than a chocolate, almond & pistachio tart filled with a creamy, dreamy mascarpone filling & then topped with Malbec poached pears & the most heavenly Malbec molasses?  

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Savory Tart: Fiddlehead & Ricotta with Oat Crust

Savory Tart: Fiddlehead & Ricotta with Oat Crust

 

Well guys. . .I survived my first trip to China. There certainly were times when I questioned whether or not I would make it back in one piece. . .but here I am, making plans to return to the Pearl of the Orient faster than you can blink an eye.

In case you’ve never been to this bustling city, it seems like there is a cloud of pollution perpetually looming through the parade of skyscrapers that march off into infinity. I was aware of China’s reputation for having the “dirtiest air on Earth” before I left.  My concerned doctor loaded me up with steroids and inhalers for fear that my asthma would flare up into a rage so intense it could not be contained. All the information in the world, even the endless stream of photos from the Mr., could not prepare me for the thick, fluffy, white cloud that, more often than not, made it impossible to see anything but a wall of white every time I peered from my 58th floor window.

 

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Puff Pastry Tomato Tart

Puff Pastry Tomato Tart with Macadamia Nut Pesto

 

Before we get into the post for this Puff Pastry Tomato Tart, I wanted to share with you a few sites that recently featured some of my tasty creations.

  • My Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread was included in the FeedFeed’s “Dinner Party” feature.  You can find it HERE along with all kinds of other delicious dishes guaranteed to impress at your next soiree.  You can find the original post HERE.
  • My Irish Creme Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Mint Oreo Bark was included in The Community Table’s “10 Totally Amazing Chocolate Layer Cakes”.  You can find this wickedly delicious compilation HERE.  You can also find the original post HERE.
  • My Buttery Apple Cake with Basil Cream Cheese Frosting & Apple Chips was included in the Community Table’s “10 Totally Droolworthy Apple Recipes”.  You can find this autumn perfect feature HERE.   You can also find the original post HERE.

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Daily commutes through mind boggling traffic, sub par grocery shopping excursions, and not-so-cosmopolitan dining experiences.  Yep, that’s the daily life of the Mr. and I as we reluctantly settle into our temporary housing in the suburbs.

While I miss our light filled Victorian with its mesmerizing views of the sea as the behemoth cruise ships sail into port, I think I miss my daily walks/runs along the harbor walk the most. The peaceful lull of the waves and the whimsical call of the sea gulls were the perfect way to usher in each and every day.  But all is not lost as the Mr. and I anxiously await the day we soon will be reunited with this tight knit Boston community as construction continues on our new home.

 

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