Monthly Archives: September 2011

Rustic Sundried Tomato Bread

My affinity for fall food is more than just a change of the season. I love fall food all year long. As much as I enjoy fresh fruits and crisp summer salads, I couldn’t fathom eating another green salad right now. I want nothing more than roasted vegetables, slow cooked brisket, and homemade bread. Fortunately I’m marrying a man who shares my fancy for all things food.

Last week I was home working on a project when Grant came in with two grocery bags–one very large piece of meat and all the fixings for slow cooking: a bouquet of fresh herbs, garlic, onion, mushrooms, bacon, and red wine. The house smelled so delicious that I was sure all my neighbors would be lining up outside my door–and if they had we would have had plenty to feed them all!

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Heirloom Tomato Tartlets


Despite our late Seattle summer I find myself longing for crisp autumn days. September is here, and I’m ready to welcome the drizzling rain and enjoy staying in slippers all weekend, reading a good book (or blog), and baking. Not necessarily baking to eat, just baking to fill the house with the comforting aroma of fall. You know the smells… pumpkin pancakes, cinnamon apple, pot roast, and well, anything in the slow-cooker.

Tarts have been on my agenda for several months now. I knew as soon as fall arrived I wanted to bake some (even if only to justify my new set of 6 mini tart pans. I needed them). And with tomato season coming to a close, I couldn’t resist one last farewell to summer.

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