Posted on 17 July 2009 by fruittart
Well, I don’t suppose that was truly the line, but we unfortunately missed that particular part of Richard III last night. Yesterday 9 of us got together in Bloomington, IL to celebrate a friend’s 30th birthday at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Ky, you should turn 30 more often
It was a lovely evening with everyone contributing something for a picnic dinner of bread and wine and cheese, spinach salad, pasta salad, a giant sandwich, and of course I brought mini-tarts for dessert.
The grounds of the Ewing Manor are simply fabulous and it was a perfect evening for a picnic.
I had tucked some Off! in my bag, but didn’t even need to pull it out. There were wandering minstrels and a group stopped to sing Happy Birthday to K.
The down side of an open air theatre, is the chance of being rained out, particularly in the Midwest. That is exactly what happened to us, not long after intermission. I must say they chose a very good time to call the play off. Just as we arrived at the car, it started to really pour and we would have gotten on a good drenching had we still been in our seats.
Nevertheless, it was a fabulous evening. KT’s car is equipped with video so A and I got to watch The Reduced Shakespeare Company perform the complete (abridged) works of Shakespeare on the way home. It was hilarious! So, thanks, Ky for turning 30 and letting us participate in the celebration. Now, if I can just figure out another excuse to go back . . .
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Posted on 17 April 2009 by fruittart
I did not intend to leave you with only fig muffins for so long. As is often the case, life got in the way (and Facebook, where I have spent far too much time lately). Tartlet 1 has been baking up a storm, including her birthday cake pictured above which she baked and decorated herself. She has also made pizza crust, bread sticks, cinnamon rolls, oatmeal spice cake, and peanut butter cookies. I finally shoved her out of the kitchen to prepare for Easter.
This is a gratuitous picture of my new sofa. I’m so tickled with it. It’s comfortable, it has low arms, it’s curvy rather than boxy, it doesn’t have a skirt, and it’s purple!! I know it has nothing to do with food, other than the fact that one day, probably sooner than later, I’ll have to deal with food having been spilled on it.
Easter was a lovely day with lots of friends around the table. The menu was much like previous years:
Cheese plate and crackers with Tillamook cheddar, muenster, and herbed goat cheese
Lamb with lemon, garlic, oregano and cumin rub
Ham with apricot glaze
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Praline Sweet Potatoes (photos coming soon!)
Green salad with grape tomatoes, cucumber, jicama, pignolia
Orange Glazed Carrots
Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions (mmm, so tasty with the lamb!)
For dessert I made a Black Forest-esque cake, a Meyer Lemon Cheesecake with fresh fruit, and Fresh Strawberry Pie. I’ll be back to tell you about the first two desserts later.
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Posted on 7 January 2009 by fruittart
If I had waited any longer to post, I may have missed even the Chinese New Year! The In-Laws arrived late on Christmas Eve and, after a couple of schedule changes, The Husband and I spent a night in St. Louis sans Tartlets before our New Year’s Eve party. We special ordered a sofa from Dolnick’s (the middle column, 22nd row — in plum microfiber!). We got back and spent a couple of days in a cooking and cleaning frenzy. I don’t have pictures though! What was I thinking? We had a pretty small group this year with a number of people out of town, so the menu was pared down a bit from initial plans, but still it was a lot of food!
This was the menu:
Veggie tray (carrots, celery, jicama, mushrooms, olives, peas, and grape tomatoes)
Misc pitas and crackers
Dips: ranch, garlic chive hummus, roasted red pepper hummus, orange & cranberry cream cheese, artichoke and red pepper
Cheese plate with Havarti, muenster, cheddar, pepper jack, and herbed goat cheese
Misc chips with a mild chunky salsa, chipotle salsa, and guacamole
Chicken Skewers (simple peanut butter, yogurt & BBQ sauce marinade)
Fresh fruit with pineapple, honeydew, and red seedless grapes
Baklava (made with pistachios rather than walnuts)
Apple Toffee Bars
Orange Nanaimo Bars
Orange Cheesecake covered with Chocolate Ganache
And for the punch, I mixed grape juice and apple juice (100% juice) with soda water for a high fructose corn syrup-free punch! I used to always make punch by mixing the juices with Sprite/7-UP/generic lemon-lime soda, but this was just as tasty and much less sugary. I still made a ring of frozen juice with lemon and lime slices in it instead of adding ice.
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Posted on 20 December 2008 by fruittart
One of Tartlet 1′s favorite jokes is: When is a chef cruel?
A: When she beats the eggs and whips the cream!
My Christmas baking still hasn’t progressed very far as we’ve been wrapping up school work and we’ve had a lot of things on our ‘to-do lists’. So this didn’t involve beating any eggs, just whipping a bit of cream!
Tuesday, as we were anticipating the arrival of The In-Laws the next day, The Husband called to ask if I could provide a dessert for a party on Thursday he had forgotten about. Although my initial sarcastic response was ‘Sure, honey, I’m not really doing anything this week’, I started thinking of something easy I could make that would still not let him down. The In-Laws weren’t able to arrive after all, but I still went with something simple — a repeat Turtle Truffle Tart. But this is a dessert that stands repeating, and I don’t think I’ve made one for this group before. It looks far more complicated than it is. The base is my standard Shortbread Crust, topped with pecans and caramel and a layer of chocolate melted with heavy cream, all staple ingredients in my kitchen and easy to whip up. *evil laugh*
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