How many times have you pre-baked (or blind baked) your pastry for a quiche or other type of tart, only to discover a shrunken shell? Most “authorities” on the subject seem to attribute the shrinking of the pastry to it being “stretched” as it is rolled out and/or placed in the pie or tart pan.
Susan is a natural born photographer. She has the eye for effective composition, angle, etc., that I unfortunately lack! To help compensate for my photographic shortcomings, I enjoy looking at food photos that other people have posted on their blogs.
I had about 3½ pounds of onions that needed to be used. Initially, I thought about making an onion tart, but 3½ pounds is really too much for one tart. The “master taste tester” suggested French Onion Soup.
Jambalaya is a quintessential New Orleans dish that has its roots in both French and Spanish settlers. Traditionally, jambalaya is made with some sort of sausage, along with some other meat and/or seafood. It includes the holy trinity of onion, celery, and green bell pepper, along with spicy seasonings and rice. Pasta Jambalaya replaces the rice…
At the beginning of February, Susan sent me a link to “Bada Bing Bada Banged Potatoes” from the All Recipes site. The recipe called for baking par-boiled new potatoes, tossed with Parmesan cheese and lots of dried herbs until they were browned and crispy.