Almond Cream

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
½ cup honey
1 cup ground almonds
2 eggs
½ cup heavy cream
Vanilla bean scraped, seeds reserved
Directions
Mix together in a large bowl the butter, honey, almonds, vanilla seeds, eggs and cream until smooth. Use in tarts that are baked for about 10 minutes at least.

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Blueberry Cheese Danish Pastries

Ingredients
For the filling:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup crushed blueberries
For the glaze:
11/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Quick puff [...]

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Ginger Apple Tart Tatin

Serves 8-10
Traditional Tart Tatin are made with apples and is essentially an upside down pie!
Ingredients
1½ cups flour
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
½ teaspoon cardamom, ground
2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, 1 stick cubed and ice cold the other room temperature
4-6 tablespoons ice cold water
5 medium tart apples (pink ladies, honey crips, jonagold or braeburns), peeled quartered lengthwise [...]

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Ginger Honey Glaze

Makes ½ cup
Ingredients
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
Directions
Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a low simmer for about 5 minutes or until mixture is loose and mixed and ginger is infused.

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Herbal Honey Glaze

Makes ½ cup
Ingredients
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh herbs of choice, chopped fine
Directions
Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a low simmer for about 5 minutes or until mixture is loose and mixed and herbs are infused.

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Herbed Portabella Quiche

Makes 1 mini quiche
Ingredients
1 large potabella mushroom stem removed
2 eggs, beaten
3 cherry tomatoes, sliced
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
Salt/pepper
2 tablespoons half and half
2 tablespoons gruyere cheese, grated
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Gently scoop out the inside of the [...]

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Honey & Herbed Ricotta

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
1 ¼ cup fresh ricotta
¼ cup honey
1 /2 cup of chopped herbs of choice
Directions
Mix together all ingredients until smooth and mixed.

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Lemon Curd

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon corn starch
½ cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
Pinch of salt
Directions
Whisk together all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a medium low heat, whisking slowly until mixture is thick. Allow to cool and refrigerate.

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Mini Cream Fruit Tarts: Apricot, Italian Plum & Prune, Raspberry, Blueberry

Makes 8 Tartlets
Ingredients
Lemon Cream
Almond Cream
Honey & Herbed Ricotta
1 cup sliced apricots
1 cup sliced Italian plums
¼ cup prunes, chopped fine
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
8 tartlet shells, par-baked
Ginger Honey Glaze
Herbal Honey Glaze
Sweet Black Pepper Cherry Glaze
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 350 ° F. Place about 3 tablespoons filling of choice into a par-baked tart shell and place about [...]

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Pain Au Chocolate

Makes 12
This version gives a shortcut to the traditional sweet Parisian breakfast treat by using already prepared puff pastry.
Ingredients
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon water
1 package puff pastry, cut into 12 rectangles
1 package puff pastry, cut into 12 rectangles
18 ounces bitter sweet dark chocolate, thin bards, cut into 1½ ounce pieces
Sugar
Cardamom, ground (optional)
Directions
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line [...]

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Pear & Almond Clafouti

Serves 6
Traditionally a clafouti is French dessert made with black cherries in an excessively buttered dish in a cakey almond pudding like batter, baked and dusted with powdered sugar. This version is adapted form Julia Child’s clafouti recipe and utilizes almonds and pears.
Ingredients
3 bosc pears, cored and sliced thin (peels left on)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 [...]

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Red Onion, Apple & Brie Tart

Makes 24 small tarts
Ingredients
1 sheet puff pastry, rolled out on a baking sheet and cold
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups red onion, sliced
1 cup apples, sliced
1 cup brie
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
Salt/pepper
Directions
Preheat oven to 375°F. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, and butter. Cook red onions and apples until caramelized, about 15-20 minutes. Remove [...]

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Roasted Tomato-Basil, Zucchini, Goat Cheese Tart

Makes one tart
Ingredients
1 sheet puff pastry
3 large tomatoes, chopped large and roasted
2 medium zucchini, sliced and roasted
10-12 basil leaves
8 ounces goat cheese
Salt
Savory Black Pepper & Basil Glaze (recipe follows)
Directions
Preheat oven to 375 ° F. Roll out the puff pastry and lay on a flat baking sheet. Place in refrigerator to get very cold. [...]

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Savory Black Pepper & Basil Glaze

Makes ½ cup
Ingredients
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 -2 teaspoons black peppercorns, cracked medium
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons pesto
2 tablespoons olive oil
Directions
Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a low simmer for about 2-3 minutes or until mixture is loose and mixed.

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Savory Herbal Curd

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon corn starch
¼ cup grated cheese, parmesan or cheese of choice
¼ cup fresh herbs of choice, chopped fine
4 large eggs, beaten
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Directions
Whisk together all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a medium low heat, whisking slowly until mixture is [...]

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Summer Garden Portobello Quiche

Makes 1 mini Quiche
Ingredients
1 large portabella mushroom, stem removed
2 eggs, beaten
3 cherry tomatoes, sliced
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
Salt/pepper
2 tablespoons half and half
2 tablespoons gruyere cheese, grated
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Gently scoop out the inside of the [...]

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Tarragon Biscuits

Makes 15 biscuits
Ingredients
3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter, cold & cut into cubes
1 ½ cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, sliced into thin strips
Directions
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl and gently [...]

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Torte de Jamon Iberico y Sevollas Rojas (Red Onion & Iberico Ham Tart)

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 medium red onions, sliced thin in rounds
1 sheet puff pastry, pre made
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw
8 to 10 slices Iberico ham
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon water and pinch of salt
Salt and pepper
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil [...]

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Whole Grain Onion Tarts

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups red onion, sliced
½ cup goat cheese
1 tablespoon chives
1 tablespoon parsley
Salt/pepper
Whole wheat puff pastry
Directions
Preheat oven to 375°.
In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add butter. Cook red onions until translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat, and add goat cheese and herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Place [...]

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