Archive for July, 2012

July 17, 2012

Chocolate Clementine Tart with Almond-Shortbread Crust and Honey Cream & the kick off of a new recipe series!

I’m super excited to announce the kick off of a new recipe series I’m working on and to tell you about a must read new book.
The book is “Have Mother, Will Travel, and the recipe series is “Have Kelly, Will Cook”.

Here’s a heart warming video peek into the book. To read more about the book and these amazing women click here.

I met Claire and Mia about 20 years ago at their home in Los Angeles. There are two things I will never forget.

#1. The first time I saw Mia’s beautiful smile, it literally brightens a room.
#2. The first time I ate Claire’s Lamb, she cooks it like no other.

We have since become the best of friends.
Claire describes food with the passion of a poet. When she told me about a confection she had gone crazy over in Provence, I could taste it myself. It was a candied clementine, honey, and marzipan, dunked in dark chocolate, called la Gourmandise. As usual, we immediately started brainstorming ideas to recreate this confection. Little did I know, this conversation would lead to a series of recipes based on wonderful food they tasted while on a global scavenger hunt.  For more of the story, click here.

The first recipe of the series is a Chocolate Clementine Tart with Almond-Shortbread Crust and Honey Cream. I knew this recipe would be amazing given the flavor combination described by Claire. The key to this tart is to use cold butter and eggs, and to work fast, otherwise the filling wont emulsify. Have all your ingredients measured and ready to go before you start to mix. You will be amazed, it only takes a minute to come together.


July 3, 2012

Balsamic Pickled Cherries, Prosciutto, Goat Cheese & Watercress Salad

Balsamic Pickled Cherries, Prosciutto, Goat Cheese & Watercress Salad

Fresh cherries are one of my favorite fruits, and I always seem to get carried away and bring home way too many for us to possibly eat. A great way to preserve these little beauties are to pickle them. They are unbelievable in this salad and will also go great on a cheese platter or… in a grilled cheese sandwich!

I’d like to take a moment to thank Jo Packman and the wonderful team at Where Women Cook Magazine for the generous 12 page feature this month. It’s out on the stands now, and features many more amazing women, make sure to grab a copy!

I’m a huge fan of What Katie Ate blog, and was thrilled and quite flattered (to say the least) that she featured one of my photos from this post,  in her “All American Post 2012” (below) Thanks Katie!

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