Pasta with asparagus and mint is a quick dish, with a few tricks to enhance the flavor. The asparagus is chopped small, to cook quickly for freshest flavor. The cream is heated to almost boiling, and steeped with crushed garlic,
Compote is the fancy name for what my grandmother would have called stewed fruit. It sounds nicer, more, er, artisanal, right? Don’t worry about what you call it, just make some right away. It’s ever so easy, and so, so good.
A note from my kitchen: the only difficult thing about this recipe is keeping the muffins for more than a day, not because the muffins won’t keep – but because my family won’t let them alone. Everybody here loves fresh blueberry muffins.
Extra baked tomatoes is the perfect descriptive term: these tomatoes are baked, baked, and then baked some more: extra baked. It’s a way to concentrate the tomato flavor and turn winter tomatoes into something that at least reminds you of their summer glory.
I began with a recipe for Irish Brown Bread from the Ballymaloe Cookery School, in Ballymaloe, Ireland, as recorded by noted baker and blogger David Lebovitz. I adapted it to my kitchen, where I mill my own wheat and rely on the convenience of instant yeast.
Many recipes for homemade chocolate syrup call for coffee. I purely hate the taste of coffee; for me, even a hint will completely ruin the taste. Therefore I developed a recipe for a good chocolate syrup that avoids coffee altogether –
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease an 8×8 square pan or something else of equivalent size. Yes, this makes good cupcakes. I’ve made it in loaf pans. You can double it for a 9×13 pan or get creative with shaped pans.
Preheat oven to 325˚F and adjust oven rack to center position. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, melt the butter (I tend to use the microwave on very low power,
Don’t worry if you don’t have an authentic tian – any shallow baking dish will do that’s large enough to hold all the vegetables. I used an oval 2-quart baking dish for this summer vegetable tian, and I could have squeezed more vegetables in there.