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.

523 comments:

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Amethyst said...

Everything looks amazing! I'd really like to try to make everything!

Aida Pottinger said...

I want it all!!!! The book, the tart, everything!!

lynne said...

Oh, those tarts look amazing!! :)

sprite said...

Ooh! I bought some lavender buds at the farmers' market last winter and hadn't yet figured out what to make. This sounds like a winner.

Anonymous said...

Yes to Holly's Tart Love book please!

lisahan.al[at]gmail[dot]com

Ariane said...

This looks incredibly delicious ! I'd love to own a copy of this book... Very nice photographs, as always :)

Karine Ardault said...

Ca m'a l'air bien bon! I will definitely want to try the braised artichokes when I can put my hand on some. I do not know whether I can find any where I live (Eastern Africa). Will have to wait to be back to France...
but, so yummy....

Maurina said...

Hi Helene,
I've never eaten artichokes or grilled lemon slices, or cooked something with lavender. But your pictures and recipes made me drooling... and I love feta cheese and olives in salads!!
I think your braised artichokes recipe is a good start to introduce my tastebuds with the artichokes flavor... combined with the grilled lemon slices, olives and feta cheese. My imagination said: Yum!!
Thanks for sharing...

Commander "Yarn"sinia Pestis said...

Holy Jesus this looks delicious. I have a feeling I'm going to be on a tart kick for the rest of the week thanks to you. ;)

Heather Hands said...

I just got your book, plate to pixel. I love it. Thanks for the great tips.

Commander "Yarn"sinia Pestis said...

Holly Jesus this looks delicious. I know what I'm making for dinner tomorrow. :)

Marcela said...

Yummy!
I would love to win a copy of the book! Your photography is stunning, as always.

steve said...

The tart looks amazing.

scarlett gaus said...

artichokes are my one big love. and i would so be happy with the cookbook! might be able to feature it soon on my blog: www.beautifulinsidemyhead.blogspot.com - IF, that is... *g*

keep up the amazing work!
love from zurich
scarlett

Natashia said...

I've only made a couple of tarts in my time, but gees I love them! Plus, I have all this leftover lavender from making cupcakes I haven't known what to do with it. 1 + 1 = :)

michelleanne said...

Divine. Would love to add this book to my collection.

Michelle

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said...

Lavender buttermilk...wow, that sounds heavenly! And I love anything artichoke.

Awesome recipe and I'd love to win the cookbook!

Steph (desserts for breakfast) said...

Beautiful, as always! I love what you can do with layered cloth. *sigh*

Kärt said...

I have your book, Plate to pixel and i love it! Thank you for the inspiration!

Emilia said...

Your blog is so nice. I found it a couple of weeks ago and I just love all your pictures. The food looks so good! I can spend hours just looking at the pictures.

theunappreciatedbaker said...

I love tarts and your photography. I wOuld love to win this book.

Samantha said...

Oh wow! I'm hosting a dinner party later in the week and your two recipes have provided the perfect inspiration - thank you so much!

maslinka said...

Everything looks delicious!

Jessica said...

This looks delicious! I can't wait to try it :]

Timothy said...

This would be a great dinner to cook for my girlfriend. Thanks You Tartelette!

El Pasticcio said...

Yummy! The buttermilk tart looks delicious! :)

Trudy said...

yummy:)

Gesa said...

i love artichokes.

Rusaiji said...

I WANT!

Yolanda said...

I want this book! I really love make tarts and I want learn more about theme :D
I love to win the cookbook!

Beth Anne said...

Your photographs are stunning, they would make any recipe look appetizing! I'm sure to try this artichoke preparation though :)

PJ said...

I have recently started baking and draw inspiration from your blog :). I wish I could win this cookbook and try out the tarts....

Joyce said...

I love lavender. I just hope they're more readily available here in Manila so I could try this recipe.

Line Rasmussen said...

Tasty! I'd love to get my hands on a copy of this one.

AppleTreesRTall said...

That artichoke recipe looks so easy and soooo tempting! I may have to try it out!

And omg, yes, that look looks amaaazing! Mmmm tarts!

Juliana said...

The tart cookbook looks delicious, and I'm always on the lookout for new and exciting recipes. Thanks for the giveaway!

le maK said...

The Lavender & Buttermilk Tar looks really nice. I should try that. Would definitely love the book as I'm a tart lover. :)

P.S.: Keep up the good work!
Love,
maK.

Amy said...

Oh wow, I've heard a lot about the book-Tart Love. Absolutely love the photography you've done for this book. I definitely would love to win a copy of the book, especially it's endorsed and approved by you. :) Thanks for a chance to win.

amy [at] utry [dot] it

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What fabulous creations! Both the artichokes and the tart look amazing.

Lovely giveaway.

Cheers,

Rosa

em said...

what a fab sounding book. the boyf has been creating a bevvy of tarts recently, i shall add it to my 'buy for boy' list {unless by some crazy miracle i win!} x

Edgar said...

I remember I was living in Latvia in early 90's and my mother was cooking something quite similar tartelettes. I remember how our flat was filled with this great, tasty smell. We usually had guests at evenings and just before going to sleep, I remember how I has going to the kitchen, just for a little snack :) Now, more than 10 years later, I remember it how it was yesterday. I would definitely love to have this book!

Regards,
Ed

Sheila said...

Love artichokes. However, I was never very creative with them. This looks wonderful. Pick Me!!

Much to My Delight said...

I LOVE tarts! All of these look especially beautiful, but I am definitely a sucker for anything baked with lavender. It adds such an elegant touch to everything. You have a really beautiful blog.

Caroline @ chocolate and carrots said...

I've actually never made a tart, but I would love to start! I'm sure Holly's book is just the thing to get me started! :-) Thanks for the giveaway Helene!
caroline@chocolateandcarrots.com

kokocooks said...

I could definitely go for some Tart Love - book and food. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

martina said...

You can "smell" the love and respect you have for Holly. Really wonderful. I envy your artichokes... here in Ireland it is so difficult to find some(and when you do they are old, really one month over their deadline!!). Enjoy your busy life this Autumn
Martina

Tatiana said...

Yammy !!!! Looks so delicious !!!!

Sally said...

How exciting for Holly to have you as the photographer for this beautiful book! I tried to register for Squam Lake workshops, but alas, was too late. I hope you will enjoy yourself. I spent my childhood across the lake from Deephaven at a wonderful camp. Breathe in some of that pure air for me!

Heidi said...

Your artichoke photograph is just gorgeous!
I'd love to win the book to make the raspberry creme brulee tartlets. Yum ...

Weaving my Life said...

This looks like a wonderful cookbook! I'm thinking I might have to make the buttermilk tart this weekend. Yum!!

I got your book the other day and have read it cover to cover twice. it is magical! Now as you point out - I need to practice.

Dawn Marie Shay said...

Simply beautiful...food and photography

Gail said...

I am new to your blog...lovely photos and recipes...maybe beginners luck will make me a winner.

NancyB said...

Tarts always seem to be irresistible to me...and I have lavender, buttermilk, and cream on hand. The artichokes will take a run to the store, though.

Julita said...

Amazing recipes!
I love tarts! :)
Awesome book!

Gena B. said...

Wow looks amazing! Never worked with lavender before. Very interested in trying it!

Gena B. said...

Never tried anything with lavender. Very interested in trying it!

Magda said...

That dish of artichokes looks amazing and I love the combination of olives and feta with it.

The flavors of the tart are so unique! What a great book it must be!

Nordlicht said...

this all - as always - looks absolutely lovely, and I am sure I will try more of your recipes. Lavender and buttermilk are right here at home (lavender from the garden, and buttermilk in the fridge ;o) - sounds a gorgeous combination!) Would love to enter for the book giveaway, too!! Sunny regards, Astrid.

zen said...

Just gorgeous, good luck everyone.

silarem said...

The recipes the photography… This book looks like a fountain of delicious knowledge!

from Sharon said...

I love your enthusiasm for all things FOOD, STYLING and PHOTOGRAPHING!!! WHen your blog shows up in my in box it is the first thing I open...but it is usually morning and I am starving....would love a slice of everything you posted!!! You are so good at sharing on line....Thank you. Warmly, Sharon

Emma said...

I'd love to win!

I'm just getting into the whole baking thing and am sooo looking forward to trying out new recipes! That lavender and buttermilk looks truely scrummy!

madika said...

I just have to try this lavender tart. I'm a huge fan of lavender cookies ^^

Mariah said...

I love tarts! The few titles you listed sound delicious!!! I would love to win this book - thank you!!

Michele said...

The book sounds wonderful, and the photography stunning as always. Thank you for sharing this!!

Marina Mott said...

Your posts are amazing!! It's a dream, really! Great job! xx

Carrie Pacini said...

Everything looks so good!

Jade said...

Sounds fun! I do like making both savory and sweet tarts!

Nicola said...

mmm I would loooove a cook book and all that food looks way too tasty for 7:50 in the morning!

ngallo58 at gmail dot com

Colors in the Kitchen said...

I would love to have this book in my collection! Amalia (Budapest)

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I bought a small book on tarts when we were in France (written in French of course) and the photos are an inspiration, but sadly I've yet to made a tart. This book sounds perfect.

Speaking of books, your book on photography is in the mail as I write. Can't wait to get my hands on it. Your photos are incredible.
Sam

Molly Pisula said...

That tart looks amazing! Can't wait to try it myself!

bunkycooks said...

It was great to spend some time with you in Portland this past weekend. It was really a very special event. I am still trying to take it all in! I hope to see you again soon.

Rettabug said...

I'm not sure which makes me drool more...the foods or your incredible photographs! I'm like a sponge, drinking in every single ounce of inspiration since I found your blog.

Thank you for the recipes & for the chance to win this lovely book.

fondly,
Rett

SimplySweeter said...

I love tarts!!!

www.simplysweeter.blogspot.com

Christine said...

There's something about tarts that I gravitate to. It doesn't matter if they're rustic or more formal; I love them and would love this book, too.

Christine

Manding. said...

EXACTLY. braising is all i can think about now that the Highs here on the west coast are max-ing in the 70s. and are you kidding with this lavender and buttermilk tart? Seems like the PERFECT september dish. a+ ! a+ ! a+ !

http://amandamantes.blogpsot.com !

Missy said...

I would love a copy of Tart Love. Please make my dream come true. :)

Shae said...

Wow, those tarts look amazing! I bet they are as tasty as they look. I have a tart pan but have only used it once. Maybe I should remedy that. :)

anita said...

The photography- the tarts- both are amazing! Thanks for the chance to appreciate both.

Micki said...

I would love a copy of the book! I am a huge fan of tarts, but I need help with inspiration to make my own. Thanks for offering the give-away!

Gourmet said...

I love yoour blog and I love evry single recipe you post. I'm on gluten free diet so it's very helpful to me. Joyning your photography classes would be a dream come true but as I'm from Europe, from tiny biny Slovenia, this is a bit to much for me...
Anyway, I'm glad I've found you.

Helena said...

I'd love to win a copy. Cook books take place of pride on my bookshelves!

medora said...

i <3 tarts! one of my kitchen cupboards is overflowing with tart pans; this book would be just wonderful :D

E Louise Bates said...

Oh, these recipes look delicious. I'm especially a sucker for anything lavender related - the scent always makes me think of my great-grandmother, who loved it. And the cookbook sounds wonderful.

Rebecca Gabriel said...

The photographs are simply lovely. I expect the recipes and the book will be the same.....lovely, delicious, exquisite.

Auntie Bliss said...

All photos look so perfect...I'd love to attend that class...and taste that meat pie ;)

Lizabeth said...

Tarts...what can be more perfect with a soup or salad for a quick meal??? Hoping my library will get this book!

Gerry said...

The tarts look amazing AND delicious!! I love Lavender and can't wait to try the Lavender Buttermilk Tart!

Caanan said...

Beautiful pictures--I can't help but be inspired. Thanks for the chance to win.

lauramil said...

Those tarts are gorgeous! Look really fun to make :)

Mary Ann D said...

Artichokes are amazing. Can't wait to try this recipe with the artichokes we purchased in Castroville last weekend. Perfect timing. I love tarts. I'll take a tart over a cake any day.

Paola @BerryHaute said...

This is a book I would really get some use out of it, I love tarts...... specially if they are individual size, the equivalent of a "puppy" in food, and even better since you can eat it!

Emma Galloway said...

The book looks amazing! Even more so because of the stunning photos Helene :-)

A Plum By Any Other Name said...

I am a sucker for all things lavender. Sounds amazing! And I just made butter last night, which means I have some buttermilk that is practically pleading to be "tarted." As always, thanks for the inspiration. From the sound of this recipe Holly's cookbook sounds dreamy!

Chutneyandspice said...

I live the way you layer the fabrics under the tart in your photos, it looks like they just fell that way but I guess there is more of an art to it than that. Your photographs are so beautiful and delicate they could be paintings rather than photographs.

Ali B said...

What beautiful pictures, I would love to win the cookbook!

Vicki Bensinger said...

I would love to win a copy of this cookbook. With recipes like those you've described and your photos it has to be amazing. Thank you for the offer. Have a nice trip.

Janice said...

Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum. Love your recipes! the tart book looks beautiful and delicious!

LadyWild said...

Wow! Looks amazing.

Courtney said...

I made a buttermilk tart once! Would love to try one infused with lavender! :)

Bobbie said...

All I have to say is YUMMY!!! Thanks :)

Margaret said...

I love tarts! I grow lots of lavender, so I'm always looking for ways to incorporate it into my cooking. This is a lovely giveaway! Thank you!

Daisy said...

Your photos are so lovely! What an inspiration.

I've never used lavender before but I'm going to have now.

Adriana@mouthtomouthfood.com said...

I would love to add this book to my collection, one thing I know for sure is you never can have too many tart recipes, so easy and enjoyable. Im downunder in Aussie, but if the competition is open to us, I will happily pay for postage.
:)
p.s Artichokes look amazing. Great flavour combo.

dpchef said...

I can't wait to see and use the book but a gift copy would really be nice!!
I love your blog by the way.

leah goetzel said...

Oh my goodness! I am in desperate need of new books. I am going to my farmers market today to pick up some artichokes too, this looks so yummy!

dpchef said...

I can't wait to try this book and a gift copy would really be nice!
I really like your blog by the way.

dris209 said...

the tart is beautiful! would love to try to make it someday...

katherine said...

tarts are wonderful!

Kimberly said...

I've never made a tart before. This would be the perfect opportunity for me to try!

Valgerdur said...

Artichokes and lavender! Two of my favorite things!

Barb Bamber said...

I've got a copy of your Plate To Pixel and love it! It's been my resource this past few months... but nothing compares to the work you do. Thanks for the recipes and inspiring me with your photos.
Love to have a copy of this cookbook as well.
Cheers,
Barb

Rachel Willen said...

A friend just bought me a huge bunch of lavender from the farmer's market to help calm my jangled nerves...love that aroma. I just suffered a heart attack from a rare condition that effects women...something called SCAD (read my post about it if you want...www.foodfixme.com/peanut-butter-pie) Your tart photos are gorgeous as usual...I would love to do your workshop in LA but can't swing it financially...just have to muddle through with your book and hard work and try to improve my photos that way. How about a contest to win a spot in the workshop for free! :-) I can dream!

Kristen of GS FOoL said...

The book sounds delightful. I'd love to have it in our kitchen!

The Golden Bride said...

I would love to have a copy of that book! Tarts are wonderful to make with fall produce. :)

Lins said...

Those tarts and photos, I admired. Learning to make a good tart:) Tart Love, will you grant my wish? :)
Have a good day, everybody :)

Jamie said...

That recipe looks great! (And so does the cookbook!)

LynnATL said...

I'll admit it...I'm a tart fan - sweet, savory, rustic, mini, full-size and hybrid. Yum.

Kay said...

Wow Helene, your artichokes look so amazing. I love your work!!

Christina said...

I love tarts-sweet and savory. It would make my year to own this book filled with your beautiful pictures.

Samantha said...

Delish.

13carol said...

The pictures let me know the tarts are to die for...I love tartes and tarts and I will cook from this book, September 18th, the Give- Away date is my birthday, what a great present this would be.

PaulaW said...

Looks delicious. Now I know what to do with all those lavenders in the garden. Thanks for the recipe.

Ellie said...

Everything looks just wonderful!

annec said...

Goodness those tarts look fantastic!

Cari said...

Tarts are yummy!

marbellawalk said...

Your pictures make me want to bake right now. I love to make mini-tarts so I can share with my neighbors (and so I don't eat the whole tart myself). Just getting ready to go and pick some plums and a plum tart sounds good right now.

Botacook said...

Ce livre est diablement tentant! Je joue aussi! :)

Minna said...

Would love to have a copy of this book!

Valeria said...

oh i love tarts and I am always in the journey of finding new combinations...I would love to win that book. On another note, I really like the way you styled this recipes with superpositions of linens...very very nice!

maye said...

sassy, savory, sweet ----> SUPER! :)
can't wait to try the apple caramel tart! looks really yummy!

Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing It said...

Oh my goodness -- everything looks so delicious! I would love to win a copy of this book -- I've found a new love of tarts this year.

owlette said...

I've been wanting to make tarts and pies all summer seems like this would be a good time as any:)

Penguin in the Kitchen said...

I've just discovered the awesome-ness of cooking with lavender! It's so sweetly delicate and light, isn't it? I've just made ginger honey and lemon cupcakes with lavender buttercream frosting and I'm just addicted to cooking with lavender now :)

jessicajlee said...

Oh man, I LOVE tarts. Seriously.

TwiceCharmed said...

The tarts look amazing. My daughter is in love with working with pastry right now and would absolutely enjoy this book.

Estie said...

The apple tart looks incredible!!

Stephanie said...

I am so excited about this book because I have decided that this year I am going to conquer my fear of rolling out tart crusts !!! I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

kate said...

looks so amazing...buttermilk and lavender 2 of my favorite ingredients. very excited about holly's book, especially for your incredible photos! i am trying to work through your food photography book now and i love it!

athena said...

Holly's book has been in my Amazon cart right; I just loved the 'Look Inside' preview and can't wait to get my hands on a copy for the photos and recipes!

Laura B. said...

These tarts look amazing!!

Andrea from Raising Peanut said...

I love lavender and thankfully mine this year looks as good as yours! Thank you for sharing this recipe, and for the opp to get a book! I hope I win! :)

Mojca said...

Would love to win a copy and spoil my loved ones with all kinds of tarts (which make perfect Fall baking projects). As for your blog - beautiful photos and wonderful recipes. Keep going!

Juli said...

Thank you for this offer. I would love to give this book to my foodie daughter.

Karen said...

I have some sadly neglected tart pans in various shapes/sizes that are really hoping I win this book :)

jasullivan71 said...

would love to try the recipes in her book!!

Amy Coppedge said...

I love artichokes!!

anne said...

I would love to win this beautiful book!

Trudi S. said...

Yum...when can I come for dinner!!!

Rami said...

Yum. The artichokes are on my table tonight. And the tarts. Oh, the tarts.

Pryncss Briana said...

Sounds heavenly, sign me up for the giveaway.

Beautiful work BTW. I have enjoyed reading your blog since I linked off Pioneer Woman's site.

Emily Hunt said...

Looks incredible. This would certainly be a great addition to my bookshelf...

Mary said...

I will eat anything nestled in a pastry crust. Excited to savor the tart recipes and especially your photos.

SweetwaterGifts said...

Your photos of everything are amazing! I'd love a copy of that book just for the photos, but the tarts look sooooo yummy! I want to be your neighbor :o)

Liz Weinberg said...

Everything here looks delicious! I'm excited to check out Holly's book!

lg said...

I would love to have a copy of Holly's book! Tarts are so yummy!

Sam said...

I haven't made many tarts in my life, but I would love to start trying!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

What a fabulous cookbook to own!

pytchick said...

OOOOO! I would LOVE a cookbook!

Thank you!

Danja said...

As someone who has been reading your beautiful blog for a while now, I have yet to try to make a tart. I am scared of the dough. :-) So a book like Holly's is a perfect book.

Anna said...

The lavender buttermilk tart sounds amazing and I love the photos. Sigh.

Amber said...

I would love to win a copy of the book! I just bought tartlette pans and I need some inspiration!

Kelly @ Kell's Kitchen said...

Sassy, Savory and Sweet: sounds good!

dcr said...

Oh my, if there is anyone who needs help with crusts its me. Beautiful pictures and beautiful food, would love a copy.

Winter said...

Beautiful! And I would love to win!

pam in oregon said...

I just love a good tart and am a collector of tart recipes, so this is a giveaway that I'd love to win! Thanks for the chance. I live in the Portland area and I'm glad you were here to enjoy some of our fabulous late summer sunshine.

Alice said...

All the photos look scrumptious! Thanks for this opportunity.

Susan Wilk said...

I love buttermilk tarts, and what a wonderful end-of-summer combination.

Jacqueline said...

Tarts are one of my favorite foods (savory AND sweet)!! The book looks amazing. Might have to get it even if I don't win the giveaway (which I probably won't...) :)

Ty said...

Wow the photos are just gorgeous!

I love custard-y desserts. Mmmm yum.

Rebecca said...

I've been dreaming of delving into tarts for some time now. This cookbook would definitely help me start my journey! Oh, and your photos are beautiful, as always.

Apron-clad Warrior said...

My mouth is watering and I can barely type a comment.... I am sure EVERYTHING in this book would become family favourites!

Arlene said...

The photos are exquisite. I'm sure that any book you work on will be successful.

AnnieP said...

would love to put to use that new tart pan I just got as a wedding gift!

Fab 2 said...

Hi
Your photography is totally stunning! I'm an amateur photographer and I'd love to by half as skilled as you! Another gorgeous set of photographs and inspiring recipes! I'm going to go cook now :)

Sareberry said...

Oh, noms! I can't wait to get home and try this tart out!

Sara said...

I love your blog. Everything looks so yummy!

Anastasia said...

I love tarts and all of these look and sound so delicious!

Erin said...

You had me a lavender buttermilk! I have a fiance who adores lavender everything. Can't wait to give this a try and - hopefully! - the other recipes in her book, too!

Vivaldifan said...

Hello.
I discovered your blog because I have friends that must eat gluten free and I wanted to receive them at home as well as all my friends. Your recepies are great and your pictures exalt them. As my mother, gran-mother and sister I like to cook. As a french mother, I like to test your "franco-italiano-americano-..." recipies.
Holly's book seems appetizing but above all it is the pretext to thak and encourage you for your cheerful blog. Rose-Helene.

Sunnie said...

Thanks for the giveaway, such pretty pictures!
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Mich said...

ooooo. the pictures are making me hungry. ^^

Liz said...

Fun! I would love a copy of this book! Tarts, here I come!

Valérie (France) said...

Tout est vraiment bien appétissant
Je te souhaite une agréable soirée

Valérie

Sweet Reads book club said...

Just beautiful! Can you believe I have never made a tart? I would love to give it a go though!

Darcy said...

I have "Tart Love" on my Amazon.com Wish List! I would so love to win this book! Hope to see you and B soon! *hugs*

Karine Keldany said...

Tarts and pies crusts are the easiest to make but the hardest to get right. I rarely was satisfied with tarts I ate. They were or too hard or too brittle. I would certainly enjoy a book that shows me how to get them right. :)

The pictures are gorgeous as usual Helene. Love your post.

Me said...

... beautiful pictures and delicious recipes - what a tempting combination!

sbp said...

Oooh so fresh and lively... I'm waiting to have a "Tarty Party".

Cape May Girl said...

Everything looks amazing!! Thank for your help with the Gateau De Riz Aux Figues too!!
Stephanie

Jan said...

YUM! looks delish!

joy said...

This cookbook sounds perfect for autumn! Cool weather is here and I find myself baking more...inspiring recipes and gorgeous photography is always motivation!

la domestique said...

The tarts look delicious and your photos are gorgeous as usual! I can't wait to read the book.

Tricia said...

Everything looks so yummy! Would love to try and make these for my family!

Diane said...

Not only does this look delicious but your photography is amazing !

Karen M. said...

This book looks incredible!

Kate said...

I love love love tarts & can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this!

Alicia said...

Lovely. I've always wanted to cook with lavender but can't seem to find it other than the lavender extract. Hmmm.

jacqui said...

Absolutely lovely! Such a great flavor combination!

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