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"A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch." - James Beard


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tart of the Month - Mini Bumbleberry Tarts


Bumbleberry isn't a real berry. I thought everyone knew that but when I was searching for bumbleberry tart recipes, one of the search autofill results was "bumbleberry tree". So I guess some people think it's a magical berry!

Bumbleberry is a mix of several different berries, and it makes a wonderful combination in pie, tarts and other desserts.  


For these tarts, I used raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries. 

Here's what you need for these tasty tarts:

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Queso Fresco - Home Made Cheese


I've been reading about cheesemaking for a long time and putting off trying it because I was afraid it would be too complicated or volatile.  

But this was the perfect introduction to cheesemaking. It is simple, relatively quick, an only needs a few simple ingredients. 

The recipe is adapted from Serious Eats. I reduced the amounts on this first attempt. It made a small round of cheese, probably around 200 grams, which was just enough for tostada night.  


Queso fresco is a very mild, crumbly Mexican cheese. It's not always available in my local stores and it's pretty expensive. Making it at home is definitely worth it!  

Here's what you need:

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Road Trip - Montréal


Last week we celebrated my 40th birthday in Montreal!  We wanted to go somewhere fun and, surprisingly, have never been to Montreal together, and neither of us has been since we were teenagers. 

Montreal is about a 7 hour drive from home. On the way, we stopped to visit family for a couple of nights in Eastern Ontario, then headed into the city.  



I'll let Matt, the Beer Baron, talk about all the beer he tried in an upcoming post, but one of our first stops was Atwater Market to check out the beer and cider selection at the Fromagerie.  We collected several selections to enjoy in our hotel room.



We chose the Delta Montreal as our hotel and it was great. The Jazz Fest was on while we were there and it was right next door. It was an easy walk to Old Montreal and shopping downtown.