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I have a confession to make. This is my third time trying to make this tart. The first time it sort of fell apart. The second time it burned. I was so determined to make it and I’m still not really sure why. It seemed so chic and…classically French. What makes a tarte tatin what it is is the process of cooking the apples underneath the pastry and then flipping…

It was such a pleasure making this tart. Bogdan and I met up with some friends at Eastern Market on Saturday and there were beautiful heirloom tomatoes everywhere. I didn’t have any plans for them but I had to have some. Just look how beautiful they are. Slicing them for this tart was almost as good as eating the finished product. The smell of sweet fresh tomatoes filled my kitchen and I…

I don’t know how else to describe it other than to say that this is simply a beautiful cake. Start to finish it was an experience. Eating it was (surprisingly) not the best part. The best part was the feeling that I was making something unfamiliar. I found it in what I’m realizing is a quite obscure cookbook called Food of the World by Murdoch Publishing. As it turns out, it is…

Pâté. A small word with many accents and assumptions. I think just the word makes most people think of something fussy. Pâté is not a fancy word in Romania. In fact, pâté is considered to be a quite rustic food. This is the case throughout Europe, where pâté finds it’s origins in humble peasants’ ingenuity and creativity. In North America pâté finds it’s origins in Europe. Probably has something to do with all…