I love Ina Garten.
And I'm pretty fond of Val.
She gave me Ina's cookbook, "Back to Basics"
for my birthday.
Actually, I love Val and am pretty fond of Ina.
Val is a quiet woman but is very passionate about things.
It's kinda cool if you think about it.
Someone who feels very strongly about many things and
those around her know it, but somehow she
is able to make us aware of those things without pounding us
over the head with her views. You have to respect that.
It cracks me up that my posts will start out being about one thing
and then inevitably turn and wind up being about the
people in my life. God has blessed me with
amazing people in my path.
But back to the food.
How cool is this picture?
I really am not good at the photo side of this blog thing
but I think this one catches all the components of the tart.
Ina's recipe was for four 6 inch tarts with one
large slice of tomato in the middle.
I wanted to feed 6 people dinner and felt the tarts would
need accompaniments. So, I switched to mini tarts and
bought a pint of small mixed heirloom tomatoes.
Making 18 mini tarts was a bit labor intensive but was totally
worth the effort.
Then I got a vision of how I wanted the plate to look.
I cooked mini farfalle, dressed it with some Rosso Pesto
(that I picked up at Aldi) some toasted pine nuts, fresh basil and a little
shaved parm on top. Then a little green salad with
thinly sliced apples, craisins and walnuts tossed
with a raspberry walnut vinaigrette.
Once again my photographic abilities leave a bit to be desired
but you get the idea.
And just to come full circle and end with a people thing,
I love that Ina eats her cooking.
Just saying, you can't really trust a skinny chef.....