Tarte Tatin: A French Upside-Down Apple Pie

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Accidents sometimes lead to delightful things and the story of tarte Tatin’s origins is proof of that. A tarte Tatin is an upside-down caramelized apple tart and as the story goes, the first tarte Tatin was accidentally created in the late 1800′s, at Caroline and Stephanie Tatin’s inn just south of Paris. One particularly hectic day, Stephanie was preparing dinner for her guests but she forgot to put a pie crust on the bottom of her apple pie. Because she was running out of time, she put the dough on top of the pie instead. After she flipped the pie over, she discovered that the apples had caramelized perfectly and the pie was an instant hit with the guests. Thus was born one of the most classic desserts in French cuisine.

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Creamy Pumpkin Sage Fettuccine

Pumpkin Sage Fettuccine recipe

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Fall calls for sweet comforts. And this recipe has October written all over it.

It’s an autumnal twist on fettuccine Alfredo: thick homemade egg noodles bathed in a creamy pumpkin sage sauce with a dusting of freshly shaved parmesan and nutmeg.

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Groaning Cake – A Traditional Cake for New Mothers

Late this summer, I helped my beau harvest his organically-grown wheat. He grows several varieties, many of them heirlooms, and it was breathtaking to see the fields go from lush green-blue to crisp and golden through the season.

Groaning Cake recipe

Earlier this summer, we finally buckled and bought a KoMo kitchen flour mill which we had been coveting for a long time. Our mill is our new best friend, turning just about any grain into flour. It’s so enjoyable to mill our own wheat into flour, on demand. Fresh and fragrant, its flavor is incomparable. And having whole wheat flour on hand was perfect for baking this groaning cake which my sister and I recently made, to celebrate the arrival of her baby.

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Zucchini Cheddar Hand Pies

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One can never have too many zucchini recipes at this time of year, can one? What are your favorites?

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Blueberry Lime Layer Cake

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What’s my favorite thing to do with blueberries? Take a giant handful and stuff them in my mouth. What’s my second favorite thing to do with them? This cake!

 

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Cucumber Dill Yogurt Salad

Cucumber Dill Yogurt Salad recipe

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Have you ever had one of those days when there’s almost nothing in your fridge so you toss a few ingredients together out of desperation, and by chance you unexpectedly create something marvellous? That’s the story of how this little salad came to be my number one go-to recipe this summer. I love it because it takes less than 10 minutes to make, it’s super healthy, it’s creamy, crunchy, delicious, and so refreshing on a hot day!

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Daylily Fritters: an Edible Flowers Recipe for Summertime

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Summer flowers are not only fragrant and beautiful to look at, but some of them are also delicious to eat. I’m a long-time fan of cooking with flowers. On my blog, I’ve shared recipes for lilac scones, dandelion marmalade, and rose coconut semifreddo. But I haven’t yet shared my love for one of summer’s most prolific and yummy flowers: daylilies.

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Strawberry Sorbet Brownie Sandwiches

Strawberry Sorbet Brownie Sandwiches recipe

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I really cannot believe it’s July already! Strawberry season is already coming to a close and because it was our first year growing strawberries, I wanted to give our beloved berries one last hurrah. So I made these. And by these, I mean: decadent, rich, creamy, gooey frozen bundles of strawberry chocolate delight.

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