Braised Artichokes With Olives & Feta, a Lavender Buttermilk Tart & A Cookbook Giveaway!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Baked Artichoke Hearts With Olives & Feta

I've had the chance to travel to the West coast and back twice in the last couple of weeks and twice I had high hopes of experiencing some lower, nice Fall-ish temperatures. I was ready. Sweaters picked. Scarves tied up to my purse. Instead, it was tank top and summer dressed that ended up in my suitcase. It felt exactly like what October is here in the South. A soft stroke of the sun, a lull of breeze in the trees. A delicious moment.

Since we never really get a transition between seasons, it's always a bit difficult to feel in an autumnal mood with food and recipes. I do, however, like to get in the kitchen and try to conjure up some wicked good Fall recipes whenever possible. It most often involves roasting, slow simmers, braising. Warmth and aromas filling the house with the comfort of nostalgia and the promise of another season ahead. Yes, it does make me mellow.

Artichokes

One of the dishes I made recently that really invoked Fall as I knew it back home was artichokes, braised with plenty of onions, lemon, olives, thyme and feta. I did not vary much, if at all, from the original recipe I found in a magazine my mom sent me. I usually ad lib the recipes I read but this one was too intriguing to pass up.

When it comes to artichokes, we usually fix them two ways: steamed ad served with vinaigrette to dip or barigoule (barigoule is the name of a certain kind of mushroom in Provence by the way). We had this with sauteed scallops one night which turned out to be a perfect match. Hearty and light. Not quite Summer anymore and not yet Fall either.

Baked Artichoke Hearts With Olives & Feta

I made the artichoke dish the evening before a trip to Portland last week and fully expected to have some leftover for B. to warm up while I was gone but we almost polished the entire thing with our dinner companions that evening.

Tonight, I prepared a Lavender and Buttermilk Tart for tomorrow's dinner, right on the eve of my departure for New Hampshire. I am teaching two food photography and styling workshops at the bi-annual creative retreat Squam Art Workshops. I like for Bill to have a little something sweet while I am gone. In moderation right now because I'm pretty much here and gone for another couple of months for various work projects.

Lavender & Buttermilk Pie

The tart is from Holly Herrick's newly released "Tart Love: Sassy, Savory and Sweet" and for which I was honored to be commissioned to do the photography. I must tell you why I dig this book so much. Beside the fact that I am thrilled of the work that the designer and publisher did with the photos and lay out, I am completely enamored with all the recipes in this book. Holly is not only a prolific recipe writer but a darn good one to boot. Her flavor combination were at times intriguing but always spot on and a sure success. Trust her to know what flavors and tastes work together and in what quantity.

The woman is an amazing chef. Her pastry crust is flaky, rich, easy to make and easy to roll and re-roll without ending with rubber. The recipes are creative, fun and quirky at times: Feisty Shrimp & Grits Pockets, Salad Nicoise Tart, Raspberry Creme Brulee Tartlets, Butterscotch & Caramel Apple Tarts. I love her titles as much as I love that Holly's personality and love of seasonal produce comes through each recipe.

Lavande

I could talk about the tarts in this book for hours. I loved making all of them as much as I loved photographing them. Whether you are a novice or an advanced cook, you will find more than ten tarts you can start baking right from the start. Seriously. If you are nervous about making a tart crust, Holly takes you through each step with care and ease. If you wish you had more interesting or just some new/other tart fillings in your repertoire, this is also the book for you.

Trust me. I just received my "official" copy the other day and I have rediscovered, with great excitement, recipes I had cooked just a year ago. I am thrilled to give away two copies of Holly's book, Tart Love. Fresh from the press, tested, tasted and approved by yours truly. And my husband and about everyone in the neighborhood when I was done taking the tarts mug shots, ahah!

Tart Love
Photos from Tart Love: Sassy, Savory and Sweet. © Helene Dujardin 2011

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is to:
- leave a comment at the end of this post. One entry per person, duplicates will be rejected and anonymous will not be accepted (unless you are my mother, but she knows better...!)
- Please allow 48 hours for your comment to be moderated and to show up on the blog as I will be traveling this week.
- The giveaway will close Sunday September 18th 2011, at midnight Eastern time


Keep your eyes peeled for other reviews and giveaway of the book as some bloggers have graciously offered to take it on a virtual launch tour! Could not be more excited for Holly to give her hard work the recognition it deserves.

Lavender & Buttermilk Pie


Braised Artichokes With Onion, Olives & Thyme, barely adapted from Saveurs (France)

Serves 6

Ingredients:
2 lemons
6 baby artichokes
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 red onion, sliced
1/2 cup white wine or stock (vegetable or chicken)
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
6 sprigs of thyme, chopped
1 teaspoon vinegar

Directions:
Turn the oven to broiler setting. Slice one of the lemons horizontally and spread the slices on a baking sheet line with parchment paper. Place under the broiler until the lemons turn a bit dark on the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Fill a large bowl with water and the juice of the remaining lemon. Cut the top of the artichokes and remove the outer leaves almost down to the core (only the softer leaves should remain). Save the leaves to steam later and snack on if desired.
Cut the artichokes in half and clean the inside of that fuzzy part (in France, we call this the "hay"). Cut each half once more and place each quarter immediately in the lemon water to prevent oxidation.
Heat up one tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauteeing pan and cook the onion for about 5 minutes, until tender.
Add the artichokes to the pan, the white wine (or stock) and the same amount of water (1/2 cup). Season with salt and pepper according to your preference. Cover with a lid and cook for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and cook another 10 minutes. Let cool completely.
Place the artichokes and onions on serving plate, randomly add olives, feta cheese, lemon slices and chopped thyme. Drizzle with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and the vinegar. Check the salt and pepper if necessary.

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Lavender & Buttermilk Tart, adapted with permission from Holly Herrick's Tart Love: Sassy, Savory and Sweet.

(Serves 6 to 8)

Tart Crust:
2 1/4 cups White Lily all-purpose flour (or other brand if White Lilly is not available)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
pinch of sea salt or kosher salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
3 tablespoons ice-cold water, or just enough to hold the pastry together

At least 30 minutes before rolling and baking (or up to one day in advance), prepare the pastry. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a plastic blade, pulse together the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter and pulse rapidly, 40 – 50 times, or until the butter is blended into the flour and is coarse and the butter is the size of small peas. Gradually, add the water in a small trickle, with the processor running. Continue adding just as the pastry starts coming together in the shape of a loose, crumbly ball. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Form into a disc, about 1″ high, and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight.

1 egg wash – yolk, pinch salt, splash water, blended together

For the lavender infused buttermilk:
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup whole cream
1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers or lavender leaves (available at most gourmet specialty stores and some groceries)

For the custard dry ingredients:
1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

For the custard wet ingredients:
3 large eggs
6 tablespoons sweet butter, melted
1 teaspoon best-quality vanilla extract

Prepare tart crust. Chill 30 minutes (or overnight), and roll out into your preferred tart pan, creating a little border above the rim of the pan itself. Chill 20 – 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375F. Place the prepared shell on a baking pan and partially blind bake the pastry by placing a piece of parchment paper on the bottom crust, filling it with dried beans or pie weight and baking for about 10 -15 minutes. Let cool and remove weights and paper. Brush down the pastry with the egg wash, and return to the oven to finish baking until golden brown, another 10 minutes. Remove the pre-baked shell from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 350F. Allow the shell to cool slightly at room temperature.

Meanwhile, infuse the buttermilk with the lavender. Combine the buttermilk, cream and lavender flowers in a saucepan, whisking to combine. Turn the heat on high and bring up to a low boil, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to steep five minutes. Using a fine sieve, strain the infused buttermilk into a medium bowl and refrigerate to cool.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar and salt), whisking to combine. In a medium bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Whisk the eggs for one minute until light and lemon-colored and fluffy. Whisk in the butter and vanilla. When the buttermilk has cooled to body-temperature or cooler, it’s time to add it to the wet mixture, slowly streaming into the egg mixture and whisking to combine. To finish the custard, stream the milk/egg mixture into the dry ingredients mixture, whisking constantly. Pour the custard into the prepared tart shell. Bake 35 minutes or until the custard has browned to a light tan and the custard still quivers to the touch. Remove from oven and cool for at least one hour before slicing.

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Emilie in MN said...

Such a great giveaway! Even if I don't win, this cookbook is going on my bookshelf very soon.

endearingtastes said...

OH yum! Adhoc's artichoke recipe is also an excellent one. The tarts are so tempting!

kitchenmisfit said...

Sounds like a fantastic cookbook!

withoutadornment said...

I would love to win a copy of this! My husband LOVES all things tarts, so this would be a perfect surprise for him! :)

maVen said...

Yum! I want the book for just your photos alone.

valerie said...

i usually hate rolling dough but i surely will for these tarts!

lauraechan said...

Custard and lavender in a tart... three of my favorite things in one sweet dish! I went to a lavender field for my birthday, and it inspired me to create a patch of culinary lavender for my future garden. I have a lemon meringue tart recipe I'm quite happy with, but this book sounds like an adventure!

Bénédicte said...

Well, I would love to enter the giveaway, but I live in Europe - does that work?

Thanks,

Bénédicte

Kristin Leigh said...

I have never used lavender to cook... but it's one of my favorite scents. I imagine I'd love to taste it as well...I should stop by the lavender farm and pick some up and make this tart!!!

BettyC said...

I'm drooling over that Tart, and would love to have this cookbook.
Thanks

Jessica said...

These look amazing!

Denise said...

What a delicious menu that is. Will try this tart recipe soon.

Linda and Matthew said...

Looks divine!

Kepa said...

Now that summer is almost over, I can finally bake again. Lavender in a tart sounds fun, I will give it a try.

CARRIE HOGAN said...

THE PICS ARE TO DIE FOR!

Tree said...

Mmmmm, those look incredible!

Blue said...

Delicious! Definitely time to start making some tarts.

Stephane said...

Pretty please?

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Lily said...

I would love to have the tart cookbook! The lavender buttermilk tart sounds delicious. I have lavender growing in my yard that I look forward to using. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kristin Nicholas said...

Would love to win this book as it combines lovely tarts with your incredible photographs. Thank you for the chance! From western Massachusetts where fall is coming soon.

Martha said...

What a wonderful book - looks delicious!

Sara said...

How fun that you are going to squam--we go there every year--I just finished processing my family pics, so much beatiful green! I know you will have lots of gorgeous photos for us to look at afterwards. (PS I have your book and am loving it!) Wish I could go--so close, yet so far! And...I love the idea of this cookbook. Please consider me entered!

Danielle said...

I have never made a tart before, but I really want to try!

Bobby and Amanda Lewis said...

It looks fantastic! I could really use a new cookbook!

GetReal said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh a cookbook to browse through at leisure devouring first the photos with my eyes and then onto the recipes. Delish!

Janet said...

delish!

Margo said...

Beautiful!

jultchik said...

I do not want a book!
I like your pictures just like that:)

lilianep007 said...

Such a lovely tart. Your photos are mouthwatering!!!!

Leslie said...

Cannot wait to make the Lavender Buttermilk tart! I love anything with lavender!

Unknown said...

Pick me!!

masago.masago said...

Lovely book and lovely recipe. Always enjoy reading your blog. Clara

Nina said...

The tart looks wonderful. I'll make it this weekend, to reward myself for tackling the amount of work that awaits me till Friday. (If I have enough energy left, that is.)

shanley said...

i'm not a lover of sweets, so am glad to see savory allowed its fair share here. But by the looks of things this book could be the source of my conversion to sugar, too!!

Ardala Evans said...

I read your book cover to cover and love it. I'm sure I would love the tart cookbook too!

ValHalla said...

I love cooking with lavender, and I love tarts. Would love to add this to my collection.

mirabelle said...

leftover buttermilk + lavender = I am SO going to make this recipe!

Liron Mcley said...

I just love lavender!!!

Shelby said...

What a brilliant collaboration! I am so excited for the two of you to have come together for such a rewarding project, I look forward to seeing the book! Congratulations!

Emily said...

How much do I love your blog? So much!

Agnese said...

Hi! I'm Italian and I follow you form a long time but I never write here... because my English is orrible! ;) sorry for this! Your photos are great and I love your work. The giveaway is a tentation for me! bye! ;)

Amandine said...

Hi!
I am French but I live in Texas since last July! I discovered your blog about one year ago and though I never dared to post a comment, I really love it! Thank you for the beautiful photos and recipes, I can't wait to try this buttermilk lavender pie! (I actually discovered buttermilk pies a few weeks ago, in a Texas restaurant, and it was a revelation !).

Ivory said...

I'd love to try my hand at some fun savory tarts for fall!

Kittie said...

I can't wait to try the lavender buttermilk tart! Thank you for the giveaway!

Zillah said...

i'd love that book!

Emily said...

This book sounds great. I love making tarts!

Lauren said...

These artichokes look amazing!! I will definitely be trying this recipe. I'd love to try some new tart flavors as well.

Suzi said...

I have never made a tart but would certainly like to give it a try, now arichokes I am very familiar with and love them so much I am trying to grow them here in Florida, wish me luck. Lovely photos.
Suzi

elizabeyta said...

Butterscotch Caramel Apple Tarts? Put my name in please!

Cherie said...

Wonderfully beautiful photos - as always. Thank you for the chance to win this lovely Tart cookbook.

Mandy said...

love love love tarts! this book is for me!

Sara said...

I love tarts...I would be sooooooooo happy to get one of Holly's books.

Muy Bueno Cookbook said...

Tarts are perfect for any time of year, but I'm especially excited to give these a try this Fall...I live on the west coast and longing for Fall to arrive. Thanks for the lovely book photography. Besos...

Sarah (Snippets of Thyme) said...

This would be a wonderful cookbook to have so I'm going to throw my hat into the ring. That half quiche with the herbs on the side made my mouth water. I love reading about all of the places you get to go for your workshops. What an enchanting life!

Léa said...

Your pictures are absolutely wonderful - still awed every time :)

Alyse said...

Yes, please. The photos and food look wonderful. I would love a copy of my own to use.

Miranda said...

Just beautiful photos of wonderfully delicious looking food!

Diane Jordan said...

These tarts look lovely. I'd love to try some of the recipes but I'm always afraid to make things in a pie/tart pan. I'm worried they won't come out of the tin!

Sara said...

My mother just made me some jam and lavender scones the other day that were delicious. I will have to try this tart. I love lavender!

Mikki said...

What a lovely looking artichoke recipe. I love artichokes and I've never had them like this. Will be trying it soon. This book looks great too!
coeur.de.verre(at)hotmail.co.uk

sholamith said...

Holly's new cookbook sounds wonderful!

Heather Noelle said...

I'd love to have this book. I don't have enough tarts in my life!

Christina said...

What a great honor! These tarts look fantastic!

Jen @ Lita's World said...

oh, I love artichokes and can't wait to try this recipe. I've not tried making tarts yet, but I'd love to try the recipes in this cookbook...it looks amazing!

Steph P said...

I visit your blog a few times every week to see what new mouthwatering tasties you've posted! Your recipes are truely inspiring.

Adi said...

Thanks for the book giveaway!

C.Sarah said...

Such perfect timing with this posting, I'm in the middle of a lavender kick right now so the Lavender Buttermilk Tart will have to be made soon :)

wade2121 said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win this!

wade2121-at-gmail-dot-com

juventia_jesica said...

TART LOVE!

Astrid said...

I just picked up a whole bunch of lavendar from the green market, and wondered what I would do with it all. I have a feeling I will be making many of these tartes!

Sylvia Gibson said...

I love tarts! Your photos are scrumptious!

Lisa Morin said...

I have just started making tarts and this looks like a winner! I'd love to own the book, "Tart Love, Sassy, Savory and Sweet!." Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

consuela said...

lavender and buttermilk! i can't wait to make the tart this weekend for our late-late summer party.

irene said...

mm, love tarts, this seems like a delicious way to combine yummy flavors.

thedragonflywoman.com said...

Those tarts look delicious!

Christine said...

Everything looks so yummy!

Ellen said...

Oh yes please! I would love to own such a book. I'm baking like a fiend lately, 16 years old and dreaming of owning a little bakery someday. Something that would've made my Grandma proud!

Gina Davison said...

These look so yummy my toddler was trying to lick the screen, lol!

Allie said...

i just picked up baby artichokes at farmer's market & am excited to give this combination a try! thank you. :)

theresa kokkeler said...

I love your recipies! I cant wait to see who wins the giveaways :)

terri said...

As usual, everything looks amazing! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

katieatthekitchendoor said...

We've just had our first few days of transitional fall weather (although it's back to warm and humid today), and it's totally getting me in the mood for all kinds of warm and comforting fall food. The tarts sound delicious!

Susan Warner said...

I love the lavender touch! Looking forward to trying some of these recipes.

Pétra said...

I love tarts, quiches, basically anything in a shell! I would love to add this to my cookbook collection thank you for hosting this give away.

Nic@diningwithastud said...

I always love your styling :) wow everything looks so fab and delicious!

Zoe said...

i am so curious about how the salad Nicoise tart is made! It sounds delicious.

Anibanan said...

What beautiful tarts! A perfect cookbook for perfect early fall meals (and treats!)

N Wilkes said...

Wish I could cook and take pictures as wonderful as these.

Jagruti said...

i always love reading your posts and look forward to the recipes you post! you inspired me to get an ice cream machine! i made your strawberry vanilla ice cream just yesterday! yum!

Lynda said...

Both these recipes look delicious but it's the tart that I'll be trying first ... it sounds amazing!

Irina Soares said...

I love tarts!!! thank u for posting and best of luck with the workshop. The raffle closes on my birthday - wouldn't it be fun to win a book?

Heather said...

what intriguing flavor combos! I'd love to see the recipes in the rest of the book.

becky v said...

Everything looks de-lish! I love making tarts but don't do it often enough. Made one from Eric Ripert's cookbook the other night and it got stellar reviews from the hubs. Need to do it more often! Thanks for the inspiration.

Allison said...

I love tarts!

Margaret said...

Thank you so much for your lovely blog. It is so inspiring to me. I would love to be entered into your draw for the tart cookbook.

Amy said...

Oh my goodness. Yes please. To everything. The book, the tarts, the artichokes (which I will be making this week...)!

Thank you for posting this.

Heather said...

As always, thank you for the delicious recipes and photos. I am always excited for your posts because they are not things I would usually make or they have ingredients that are sometimes exotic to me, and I find it really inspiring.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Ann said...

Everything looks amazing...food, recipes and photos! Thanks for the giveaway - that was nice of you!

The Merry Rose said...

wow! yummy!! now I want to make the tart!

Meghan said...

Everything looks delicious! Great job on the photos. I would love to surf through more recipes.

debi said...

I have never made a tart, but I am going to soon!

Joanna said...

I would love me some Tart Love! Looks delish!

Joanna said...

I would love some Tart Love! Looks delish!

Candid Whisperer said...

Oh dear, the tart! So beautiful.

kate inglis said...

love the photos, & would love to have the cookbook!

Sidney said...

Tarts ! tarts ! i love tarts !

Alyssa D said...

Over a year ago, your blog encouraged me to venture into tarts. I'd love to see your photographs and browse what are surely inspiring flavors!

Nimi said...

I always get hungry after reading your posts, even if I just ate!!! Now I'm going to have to get some artichokes and buttermilk.

Tahra said...

This sounds perfect for a treat to get us through a long week! Would love to see the other recipes!

susie. said...

the timing couldn't be better for me! i just acquired a big bag of lavender and have been looking for recipes to try. thank you for posting this one!

A Rosy Note said...

Judging by your pictures, it looks like that book is full of lots of yummy goodness :)

Alexandra said...

I have been wanting to make a tart, but am afraid to try. Nice to know there is a cookbook that takes you through it holding your hand! I want to eat that Caramel Apple Tart right this second!

Amanda said...

Everything in this post looks so delicious! I'd love to try out some new tart recipes!

Clarissa said...

I love love love your photography! That tart looks so good, it reminds me of the chinese egg custart tarts I grew up eating, though I'm sure the flavor would be different!

Hanna said...

mm this all looks so good!

Karen Dance said...

Tarts are quick, easy and fun. Here's to Holly's addition!!!!!

jojo said...

Amazing, this tart lover must get a hold of a copy Of that book. Im drooling about the wonderful and new adventures I'll be having in my kitchen This is definitely a need not a want. =). Just love your work. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

Sonia said...

Thank you so much for these recipes; artichokes have always intimidated me but I have no worries about trying this. Those and the tart will be perfect for an upcoming dinner for friends. And thank you for offering the books, too!

Taryn said...

Looks so delicious! The food and Tart Love!

Mariko said...

I loooove tarts, anything with a baked shell! I would love a copy of the book. Thanks for setting up the giveaway!

Reine said...

I love your photographs! Can't wait to see more of them! I've just read 'Plate to pixel' and it's such a great help. Thanks a lot!

Liz said...

Thank you for your beautiful and helpful commentaries!

Audrey said...

Hi - I purchased your photography book and it definitely helping me understand my camera and food photography. Thank you so much!

I am returning to Cordon Bleu this fall in Paris to take Intermediate Cuisine and really could use some inspiration when it comes to tarts and baking in general. Hope I win!

Bine Beldecor said...

Hi Helene,
the photos are stunning and the tarts look soooo mouth watering...
warm greetings from Germany
Bine

Michelle said...

Beautiful pictures. I would love to have the book so that I can try the recipes!

Lindsey said...

Yummmm is just about all that needs to be said. Well, that, and lovely photos as always!

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice said...

Love this recipe. I'd love to be entered in the giveaway!

miss yerem said...

oh oh, i feel happy and hungry at the same time just looking at this! the book would be such a treat!thank you for the giveaway. best from berlin,anja

Bernadette said...

So many comments... still, signing up for the book as well! :D

I´m from Germany, about 10 minutes from the french border. We steam our artichokes and my father prepares a lovely garlic mayonnaise with cooked eggs and crème fraîche... SO delicious <3

My E-Mail:
Bernadette.Schwartpaul@gmx.de

Jessica said...

Her tart book looks amazing, as well as all of the food above too!


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Raucous ruckus said...

Ooooo. Buttermilk is very intriguing but I'm drawn to the savoury pies....

Celia said...

I think I just drooled on my keyboard.

Jennie said...

The book sounds amazing!!!

Jeanne said...

I love this artichoke dish! And I can't wait to check out that book.

LynnD said...

Love Tarts! Must make the buttermilk tart.

Rhonda said...

I recently finished your book,it was very helpful and inspiring! Your blog doesn't disappoint either. Artichoke is such a fun and edgy food :) Delish too. The tarts looks scrumptious. What I love about tarts is that they are perfect for any occasion/time...breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, entertaining...perfect!

talonshautsetcacao said...

Un cadeau très précieux ... All the tarts look so perfect and delicious

Laura said...

mmm those tarts sound incredible, as well as the fantastic photos!
:)

Ana said...

I´ve always been scared of cooking tarts, but this book can get me into my initiation ritual for tart cooking!

JC said...

Love the artichoke recipe! Can't wait to try it!!

Emily said...

I am completely intrigued by the idea of the lavender buttermilk tart. I MUST try it.

Treble Tart said...

Oh my goodness! These photos are all so delicious!! I would LOVE to eat everything in them. :)

Heather said...

That artichoke dish looks amazing, just right for this time of year!

shornrapunzel said...

Conquering my fear of pie and tart doughs is my personal cooking project for this next year! I'd love a copy of this book with which to start the process!

rachel tsunami said...

I want this as much for the photography as for the recipes!

David Rosenblatt said...

Could you use a touch of honey in this tart instead of all of the sugar?
Thanks for the great recipes here.

David Rosenblatt

Amy said...

Artichokes are my 4 year olds favorite!

Alyson said...

Lavender and buttermilk tart? Yes, please!

Thas @ Cooking with Thas said...

Helene, The Braised Artichokes look so delicious. Your food photos are probably the best I have seen. Safe travels.

Rachael Stensrud said...

you have to love lavender scented anything! never thought to add it to a pie though - I must try

AbrewFamily said...

Everything looks amazing! I am so happy I found your blog.
Catherine A

Julie said...

I'm in awe of any book that specifies White Lilly flour!

Sandra said...

I love making tarts and these look amazing.

Kari said...

Wow! I'm always excited to try recipes with lavender. This tart looks amazing.

ruthinaz said...

Who doesn't love a tart?

Bridget said...

I have recently discovered the world of food blogging! My life will never be the same..... Recently I have acquired a tart pan, and would love to explore the pleasures that will come from the pages of "Tart Love: Sassy, Savory & Sweet"!

aasdel said...

Sound so yummy! would love to have that book! xx
Andree-Anne

Karyn said...

YUM! Everything looks beautiful! I'll definitely be making the lavender buttermilk tart with some of our own lavender from our farm!

Unknown said...

The book looks fantastic and so very appealing!

Lorna said...

The book looks wonderful. I always love to try new recipes, especially ones with beautiful photographs. :)

AW said...

Looks like a good book!

Barb said...

Our weather has started to get cooler and that means that I can get back to baking my favorites:
sweet/savory tarts and breads! Helene, I enjoyed your posts about the progress of this lovely book. I hope my bookstore will carry it soon.

juliane said...

This looks absolutelly yummi!
My printer is really stressed, all those recipes I printed...
Thanks for sharing with us!

cdizzy said...

Beautiful photos as always!

Liz @ Southern Charm said...

Right now I have tons of artichokes and no plans to use them. Thanks for the inspiration! Now I know what I can do :)

Claire said...

Wonderful photos in the spirit of the next upcoming season! I just got a bundle of Lavender and I'm excited to try new recipes.

Andrea Y. said...

There are few things as lovely as tarts, in my mind. I can't wait to get my hands on that cookbook!

mgjz said...

I have a never-been-used tart pan in my cabinet that is just BEGGING for this book!

Marty K said...

Those buttermilk tarts look amazing!

Emily said...

Artichokes are my favorite vegetable and I never thought to add feta to them! Yum!!! Thank you so much for posting!

Nieves said...

ooooo many comments!!! hopefully I will get a chance to have a copy of the book! This is related to the post of some days before no?
je me réjouis d'avoir ce livre entre mes mains!!

PahaKakku said...

It is so wonderful to get the opportunity to have a copy of this book for one's own.
I simply adore your sense of style and beauty which shows in your photographs.

With lots of "wow! how does she DO that" s and love,

Pia

jamie said...

Wow that tart sounds amazing! Must try it!

Book looks fantastic too :-)

Nani said...

Now THAT'S a sexy little tart!

Allison C said...

That apple caramel tart looks AWESOME!

Summer said...

I absolutely LOVE tarts! My father used to make them any time he needed to make something quick for dinner. I'll definitely have to add this one to my cookbook collection!

Ka'a Christian said...

I want to know what all these things are and make the thing that looks like some type of meat pie!

Angie said...

Oh my, this looks like a divine book. I would love to have it!

Alysha said...

Thanks for inspiring me to cook. :)
A

Kansas Daisy said...

amazing photos again!! love to just look at them. Would love to have a chance to win the book too!!! sign me up please!

Kansas Daisy said...

awesome awesome photos!! please sign me in for a chance to win the book!

Dmarie said...

those foods look fabulous, so no doubt the book will be a fine addition to my kitchen, should I be so lucky. thanks!!

Molly Cohen said...

Hi! This book and your tart look amazing :) Enjoy your trip

Loretta said...

I was just searching for food blogs to add to my Google Reader and found yours! Yum...the cookbook sounds great!

Kim said...

Oh wow. The book looks amazing! Incredible recipes and mouthwatering photography!

alexandra said...

I swear buttermilk is magical! It turns everything to gold. Sweet delicious gold. This tart looks fabulous.

Lucy Vaserfirer said...

Can't wait to get my hands on the book! Checked at the local bookstore today, but sadly they didn't have it in yet.

Kirsten A. said...

That looks incredible! And the book sounds amazing, I would love to explore her recipes!
-Kirsten

Yelena said...

Congratulations on your success- you deserve it!!!

Chandi said...

I love tarts too. Thanks for sharing about the giveaway. Blessings, Chandi

April said...

ovely pictures, as always, and I have some buttermilk sitting in my fridge with nothing to do . . .

heli-claire said...

How exciting! I have a bottle of fresh buttermilk in my fridge and a lavender bush in my garden! This is definitely next on my list. And the artichokes! The artichokes! What a wonderful array to wake up to!
Heli-Claire

Teresa Cook said...

I love your photography! I'm looking forward to checking this cookbook out!

Rechelle said...

I just bought my first tart pan, and am ready to start experimenting!

Rose said...

Its coming into summer here in Australia and a tart is the perfect thing for Sunday lunch.

elegant storms said...

thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Francis-Olive said...

this is awesome. i actually just read about this book, so it's nice that its come up again. a definite must have for the library!

jonahliza said...

that tart looks amazing!

elemental land design said...

Ca a l'air bon encore tout ca! Your recipes are so inspiring and delicious, and your pictures donnent l'eau a la bouche! ca fait plaisir :)

L.Q. said...

This sounds like a fantastic recipe to try. Tarts are amazing!

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