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Walnut Nectarine Tart Recipe Recipe

Walnut Nectarine Tart Recipe

10.06.11 by Jackie

I stopped by Costco this week and found that nectarines were still on sale. Our family has been enjoying juicy, sweet stone fruit all summer and I was hoping this case of them would live up to our recent experiences. Alas, these nectarines weren't nearly as flavorful as the ones from earlier in the summer. Instead of letting them rot in our fruit basket ignominiously, I decided to give them a new and much more delicious life by baking them in a frangipane fruit tart.

For this version, I pre-baked store-bought puff pastry that I layered with walnut buttercream and nectarines. Making the nut butter cream for the tart has become one of my specialties; I could make this dessert with my eyes closed. It's very simple, and if you do this as much as I have, it will become second nature for you as well. Finally, I gave the product a professional look by glazing the tart with nectarine jam. The result was absolutely delectable!


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Baklavash (Baklava Recipe) Recipe

Baklavash (Baklava Recipe)

09.30.11 by Jackie

After receiving flatbread from California Lavash, I've experimented with a lot of savory dishes, making pinwheel appetizers, sandwich wraps, chicken soup and a goat cheese tart. I decided it was time to also satisfy my family's sweet tooth. I made a baklava-style dessert using lavash bread, hence the name "baklavash"! The preparation is similar to making baklava (also spelled baclava or baklawa), except phyllo dough is replaced with the lavash, which makes the task a lot easier. When working with phyllo, you have to be sure to assemble the dessert pretty fast and keep the unused portion covered with a wet towel at all times as phyllo tends to dry out quickly. With lavash, you can take your time and not worry about this problem.

I filled the layers of lavash with ghee (Indian-style clarified butter), ground cinnamon, blossom honey, walnuts and pistachios (my favorite nut). It’s a stress-free, easy dessert, and I love the convenience of it!

 


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Blue Cheese Pear Salad Recipe Recipe

Blue Cheese Pear Salad Recipe

12.15.10 by Jackie

When pears still have a hard texture, they are a wonderfully sweet addition to salad. I wanted to make a first course that looks festive for the holidays, so I mixed some greens, hazelnuts, dried cranberries, pears and blue cheese. What's not to like? To finish, I drizzled creamy blue cheese dressing on the salad.

This is definitely not a salad for dieting! It's the holidays though, so indulge.


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Lamb Chops with Kumquat Walnut Crust Recipe

Lamb chops are great on their own, but this walnut and kumquat flavored crust takes them to another level. I love the crust so much, I could eat it on its own. The fragrant zest of the kumquats pairs very well with the roasted and ground walnuts.

To ensure that the meat is juicy and very tender, I marinated the lamb in a Cabernet Sauvignon marinade mixed with my usual meat tenderizer ingredient (green papaya) before adding the crust. This recipe takes some time, but your efforts will be rewarded.

Our kumquat tree has produced a bumper crop this season, and I'm taking full advantage of the fruits of our labor. Stay tuned for more recipes that feature this wonderful and unique citrus.


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Tarte Poire Noisette (Pear Tart with Hazelnut Cream) Recipe

Tarte aux poires et à la noisette sounds like a fancy-schmancy dessert but really, it's just a French tart made with hazelnut cream and ripe pears. That's about it. The only other embellishment is that I enhance the flavor of the nut cream with a little green anise.

Green anise seeds are usually infused in tea as a medicinal treatment for children's stomach aches. It's a pretty common remedy in Northern Africa. I love the sweet fragrance and the strong notes of licorice. You don't have to add the aromatic seeds to the nut cream but I think they pair wonderfully with pears.

Being French, it still is really remarkable to me that in America, French sounding names make products sound more luxurious (and expensive). I've even seen some products that have names that don't make sense in French, but I guess evoke a sense of elegance. Now that I've let you in on the secret, don't be fooled by fancy French names anymore! However, if you prepare this recipe for your friends or family, make sure that you use the French name to impress them. Better to be the "fool-er" than the "fool-ee!"


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