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

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.


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.


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

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

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.


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.





499 responses to “Braised Artichokes With Olives & Feta, a Lavender Buttermilk Tart & A Cookbook Giveaway!”

  1. Amethyst Avatar

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

  2. Aida Pottinger Avatar
    Aida Pottinger

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

  3. Lynn Avatar

    Oh, those tarts look amazing!! 🙂

  4. sprite Avatar

    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.

  5. Anonymous Avatar

    Yes to Holly's Tart Love book please![at]gmail[dot]com

  6. Ariane Avatar

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

  7. Karine Ardault Avatar
    Karine Ardault

    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….

  8. La Marquise Avatar
    La Marquise

    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…

  9. Unknown Avatar

    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. 😉

  10. Unknown Avatar

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

  11. Unknown Avatar

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

  12. Unknown Avatar

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

  13. steve Avatar

    The tart looks amazing.

  14. scarlett gaus Avatar
    scarlett gaus

    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: – IF, that is… *g*

    keep up the amazing work!
    love from zurich

  15. Natashia Avatar

    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 = 🙂

  16. michelleanne Avatar

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


  17. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga Avatar
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

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

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

  18. Steph (desserts for breakfast) Avatar
    Steph (desserts for breakfast)

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

  19. Kärt Avatar

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

  20. Emilia Avatar

    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.

  21. Anonymous Avatar

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

  22. Samantha Avatar

    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!

  23. JA U KUHINJI... Avatar

    Everything looks delicious!

  24. Jessica Avatar

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

  25. Timothy Avatar

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

  26. El Pasticcio Avatar
    El Pasticcio

    Yummy! The buttermilk tart looks delicious! 🙂

  27. Unknown Avatar

    i love artichokes.

  28. Yolanda Iglesias Avatar
    Yolanda Iglesias

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

  29. Beth Anne Avatar
    Beth Anne

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

  30. Padmajha Avatar

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

  31. Joyce Avatar

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

  32. Line Rasmussen Avatar
    Line Rasmussen

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

  33. AppleTreesRTall Avatar

    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!

  34. Juliana Avatar

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

  35. le maK Avatar
    le maK

    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!

  36. Amy Avatar

    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

  37. Rosa's Yummy Yums Avatar
    Rosa's Yummy Yums

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

    Lovely giveaway.



  38. Emma Avatar

    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

  39. Edgar Avatar

    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!


  40. Sheila Avatar

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

  41. jenn from midlife modern Avatar
    jenn from midlife modern

    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.

  42. Caroline @ chocolate and carrots Avatar
    Caroline @ chocolate and carrots

    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!

  43. kokocooks Avatar

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

  44. martina Avatar

    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

  45. Tatiana Avatar

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

  46. Sally Avatar

    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!

  47. Heidi Avatar

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

  48. Weaving my Life Avatar
    Weaving my Life

    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.

  49. Dawn Marie Shay Avatar
    Dawn Marie Shay

    Simply beautiful…food and photography

  50. Gail Avatar

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

  51. NancyB Avatar

    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.

  52. Julita Avatar

    Amazing recipes!
    I love tarts! 🙂
    Awesome book!

  53. Gena B. Avatar
    Gena B.

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

  54. Gena B. Avatar
    Gena B.

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

  55. Magda Avatar

    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!

  56. Nordlicht Avatar

    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.

  57. zen Avatar

    Just gorgeous, good luck everyone.

  58. silarem Avatar

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

  59. smiles, Sharon Avatar
    smiles, Sharon

    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

  60. Emma Avatar

    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!

  61. madika Avatar

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

  62. Mariah Avatar

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

  63. Michele Avatar

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

  64. Marina Mott Avatar
    Marina Mott

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

  65. Carrie Pacini Avatar
    Carrie Pacini

    Everything looks so good!

  66. Jade Avatar

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

  67. Nicola Avatar

    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

  68. Túry Amália Avatar
    Túry Amália

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

  69. Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen Avatar
    Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen

    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.

  70. Molly Pisula Avatar
    Molly Pisula

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

  71. bunkycooks Avatar

    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.

  72. Rettabug Avatar

    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.


  73. Christine Avatar

    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.


  74. Missy Avatar

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

  75. Shae Avatar

    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. 🙂

  76. anita Avatar

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

  77. Micki Avatar

    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!

  78. Gourmet Avatar

    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.

  79. Helena Avatar

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

  80. medora Avatar

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

  81. Anonymous Avatar

    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.

  82. Rebecca Gabriel Avatar
    Rebecca Gabriel

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

  83. PCovi  Avatar

    All photos look so perfect…I'd love to attend that class…and taste that meat pie 😉

  84. Lizabeth Avatar

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

  85. Gerry Avatar

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

  86. Caanan Avatar

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

  87. lauramil Avatar

    Those tarts are gorgeous! Look really fun to make 🙂

  88. Mary Ann D Avatar
    Mary Ann D

    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.

  89. Paola @BerryHaute Avatar
    Paola @BerryHaute

    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!

  90. Emma Galloway Avatar
    Emma Galloway

    The book looks amazing! Even more so because of the stunning photos Helene 🙂

  91. A Plum By Any Other Name Avatar
    A Plum By Any Other Name

    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!

  92. Chutneyandspice Avatar

    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.

  93. Ali B Avatar
    Ali B

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

  94. Vicki Bensinger Avatar
    Vicki Bensinger

    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.

  95. Janice Avatar

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

  96. LadyWild Avatar

    Wow! Looks amazing.

  97. Courtney Avatar

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

  98. Bobbie Avatar

    All I have to say is YUMMY!!! Thanks 🙂

  99. Margaret Avatar

    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!

  100. Daisy Avatar

    Your photos are so lovely! What an inspiration.

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

  101. Avatar

    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.

  102. dpchef Avatar

    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.

  103. leah goetzel Avatar
    leah goetzel

    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!

  104. dpchef Avatar

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

  105. dris209 Avatar

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

  106. katherine Avatar

    tarts are wonderful!

  107. Kimberly Avatar

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

  108. Valgerdur Avatar

    Artichokes and lavender! Two of my favorite things!

  109. Barb Bamber Avatar
    Barb Bamber

    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.

  110. Rachel Willen Avatar
    Rachel Willen

    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… 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!

  111. Kristen of GS FOoL Avatar
    Kristen of GS FOoL

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

  112. The Golden Bride Avatar
    The Golden Bride

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

  113. Lins Avatar

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

  114. Jamie Avatar

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

  115. LynnATL Avatar

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

  116. Kay Avatar

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

  117. Christina Avatar

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

  118. 13carol Avatar

    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.

  119. PaulaW Avatar

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

  120. Chellen Avatar

    Everything looks just wonderful!

  121. annec Avatar

    Goodness those tarts look fantastic!

  122. Cari Avatar

    Tarts are yummy!

  123. marbellawalk Avatar

    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.

  124. Botacook Avatar

    Ce livre est diablement tentant! Je joue aussi! 🙂

  125. Minna Avatar

    Would love to have a copy of this book!

  126. Unknown Avatar

    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!

  127. maye Avatar

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

  128. Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing It Avatar
    Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing It

    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.

  129. owlette Avatar

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

  130. Penguin in the Kitchen Avatar
    Penguin in the Kitchen

    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 🙂

  131. jessicajlee Avatar

    Oh man, I LOVE tarts. Seriously.

  132. TwiceCharmed Avatar

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

  133. Estie Avatar

    The apple tart looks incredible!!

  134. Stephanie Avatar

    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.

  135. kate Avatar

    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!

  136. athena Avatar

    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!

  137. Laura B. Avatar
    Laura B.

    These tarts look amazing!!

  138. Andrea from Raising Peanut Avatar
    Andrea from Raising Peanut

    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! 🙂

  139. Mojca Avatar

    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!

  140. Juli Avatar

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

  141. Karen Avatar

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

  142. jasullivan71 Avatar

    would love to try the recipes in her book!!

  143. Amy Coppedge Avatar
    Amy Coppedge

    I love artichokes!!

  144. anne Avatar

    I would love to win this beautiful book!

  145. Trudi S. Avatar
    Trudi S.

    Yum…when can I come for dinner!!!

  146. Rami Avatar

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

  147. Briana Avatar

    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.

  148. Emily Hunt Avatar
    Emily Hunt

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

  149. Mary Avatar

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

  150. SweetwaterGifts Avatar

    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)

  151. Liz Weinberg Avatar
    Liz Weinberg

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

  152. Lindsay  Avatar

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

  153. The Simple Soiree Avatar
    The Simple Soiree

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

  154. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures Avatar
    Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    What a fabulous cookbook to own!

  155. pytchick Avatar

    OOOOO! I would LOVE a cookbook!

    Thank you!

  156. Danja Avatar

    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.

  157. Anna Avatar

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

  158. Amber Avatar

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

  159. Kelly @ Kell's Kitchen Avatar
    Kelly @ Kell's Kitchen

    Sassy, Savory and Sweet: sounds good!

  160. The Bakery Avatar
    The Bakery

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

  161. Winter Redd Avatar
    Winter Redd

    Beautiful! And I would love to win!

  162. pam in oregon Avatar
    pam in oregon

    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.

  163. Alice Avatar

    All the photos look scrumptious! Thanks for this opportunity.

  164. Susan Wilk Avatar
    Susan Wilk

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

  165. Jacqueline Avatar

    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…) 🙂

  166. Ty Avatar

    Wow the photos are just gorgeous!

    I love custard-y desserts. Mmmm yum.

  167. Anonymous Avatar

    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.

  168. Rosanne Avatar

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

  169. Arlene Avatar

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

  170. AnnieP Avatar

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

  171. Fab 2 Avatar
    Fab 2

    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 🙂

  172. Sareberry Avatar

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

  173. Sara Avatar

    I love your blog. Everything looks so yummy!

  174. Anastasia Avatar

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

  175. Erin Avatar

    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!

  176. Vivaldifan Avatar

    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.

  177. Sunnie Avatar

    Thanks for the giveaway, such pretty pictures!

  178. Mich Avatar

    ooooo. the pictures are making me hungry. ^^

  179. Elizabeth - Avatar
    Elizabeth –

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

  180. Valérie (France) Avatar
    Valérie (France)

    Tout est vraiment bien appétissant
    Je te souhaite une agréable soirée


  181. Maia Shea Avatar
    Maia Shea

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

  182. Darcy Avatar

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

  183. Karine Avatar

    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.

  184. Me Avatar

    … beautiful pictures and delicious recipes – what a tempting combination!

  185. SBP and LPK Avatar
    SBP and LPK

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

  186. Cape May Girl Avatar
    Cape May Girl

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

  187. Jan Avatar

    YUM! looks delish!

  188. joy Avatar

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

  189. la domestique Avatar
    la domestique

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

  190. Tricia Avatar

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

  191. Diane Avatar

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

  192. Karen M. Avatar
    Karen M.

    This book looks incredible!

  193. Kate Avatar

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

  194. Alicia Avatar

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

  195. jacqui Avatar

    Absolutely lovely! Such a great flavor combination!

  196. Emilie in MN Avatar
    Emilie in MN

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

  197. endearingtastes Avatar

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

  198. Anonymous Avatar

    Sounds like a fantastic cookbook!

  199. Anonymous Avatar

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

  200. maVen Avatar

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

  201. valerie Avatar

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

  202. lauraechan Avatar

    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!

  203. Bénédicte Avatar

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



  204. Kristin Avatar

    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!!!

  205. BettyC Avatar

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

  206. Jessica Avatar

    These look amazing!

  207. Denise Avatar

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

  208. Linda and Matthew Avatar
    Linda and Matthew

    Looks divine!

  209. Kepa Avatar

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

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  211. TheresaSea Avatar

    Mmmmm, those look incredible!

  212. Blue Avatar

    Delicious! Definitely time to start making some tarts.

  213. Anonymous Avatar

    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!

  214. Kristin Nicholas Avatar
    Kristin Nicholas

    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.

  215. Martha Avatar

    What a wonderful book – looks delicious!

  216. Sara Avatar

    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!

  217. Danielle Avatar

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

  218. Bobby and Amanda Lewis Avatar
    Bobby and Amanda Lewis

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

  219. GetReal Avatar

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

  220. Anonymous Avatar

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

  221. lilianep007 Avatar

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

  222. Leslie Avatar

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

  223. masago.masago Avatar

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

  224. Nina Avatar

    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.)

  225. shanley Avatar

    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!!

  226. Ardala Evans Avatar
    Ardala Evans

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

  227. ValHalla Avatar

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

  228. mirabelle Avatar

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

  229. Liron Mcley Avatar
    Liron Mcley

    I just love lavender!!!

  230. Shelby Avatar

    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!

  231. Emily Avatar

    How much do I love your blog? So much!

  232. Agnese Avatar

    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! 😉

  233. Amandine Avatar

    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 !).

  234. Ivory Avatar

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

  235. Kittie Avatar

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

  236. Zillah Avatar

    i'd love that book!

  237. Emily Avatar

    This book sounds great. I love making tarts!

  238. Lauren Avatar

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

  239. Suzi Avatar

    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.

  240. elizabeyta Avatar

    Butterscotch Caramel Apple Tarts? Put my name in please!

  241. Cherie Avatar

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

  242. Mandy Avatar

    love love love tarts! this book is for me!

  243. Sara Avatar

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

  244. Muy Bueno Cookbook Avatar
    Muy Bueno Cookbook

    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…

  245. Unknown Avatar

    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!

  246. Lea Avatar

    Your pictures are absolutely wonderful – still awed every time 🙂

  247. Alyse Avatar

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

  248. Miranda Avatar

    Just beautiful photos of wonderfully delicious looking food!

  249. Diane Jordan Avatar
    Diane Jordan

    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!

  250. Sara Avatar

    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!

  251. Mikki Avatar

    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!

  252. Anonymous Avatar

    Holly's new cookbook sounds wonderful!

  253. Heather Noelle Avatar
    Heather Noelle

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

  254. Christina Avatar

    What a great honor! These tarts look fantastic!

  255. Unknown Avatar

    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!

  256. Steph P Avatar
    Steph P

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

  257. Adi Avatar

    Thanks for the book giveaway!

  258. C.Sarah Avatar

    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 🙂

  259. wade2121 Avatar

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


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  261. Astrid Avatar

    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!

  262. Sylvia Gibson Avatar
    Sylvia Gibson

    I love tarts! Your photos are scrumptious!

  263. Lisa Morin Avatar
    Lisa Morin

    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!

  264. consuela Avatar

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

  265. irene Avatar

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

  266. Anonymous Avatar

    Those tarts look delicious!

  267. Christine Avatar

    Everything looks so yummy!

  268. Ellen Avatar

    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!

  269. The Hippy Home Avatar
    The Hippy Home

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

  270. Allie Avatar

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

  271. theresa kokkeler Avatar
    theresa kokkeler

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

  272. terri Avatar

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

  273. Anonymous Avatar

    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!

  274. Susan Warner Taylor Avatar
    Susan Warner Taylor

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

  275. Pétra Avatar

    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.

  276. Nic@diningwithastud Avatar

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

  277. Zoe Avatar

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

  278. Anibanan Avatar

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

  279. N Wilkes Avatar
    N Wilkes

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

  280. Jagruti Avatar

    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!

  281. Lynda Avatar

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

  282. Irina Soares Avatar
    Irina Soares

    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?

  283. Heather Avatar

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

  284. Preparing for Peanut Avatar
    Preparing for Peanut

    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.

  285. Allison Avatar

    I love tarts!

  286. Margaret Avatar

    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.

  287. Amy Avatar

    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.

  288. Heather Avatar

    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!

  289. Anonymous Avatar

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

  290. The Merry Rose Avatar
    The Merry Rose

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

  291. Meghan Avatar

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

  292. debi Avatar

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

  293. Joanna Avatar

    I would love me some Tart Love! Looks delish!

  294. Joanna Avatar

    I would love some Tart Love! Looks delish!

  295. Jayne Avatar

    Oh dear, the tart! So beautiful.

  296. kate inglis Avatar
    kate inglis

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

  297. Sidney Avatar

    Tarts ! tarts ! i love tarts !

  298. Alyssa D Avatar
    Alyssa D

    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!

  299. Nimi Avatar

    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.

  300. Tahra Avatar

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

  301. S Avatar

    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!

  302. Tricia Avatar

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

  303. Alexandra Avatar

    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!

  304. Amanda Avatar

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

  305. Clarissa Avatar

    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!

  306. Hanna Avatar

    mm this all looks so good!

  307. Karen Dance Avatar
    Karen Dance

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

  308. jojo Avatar

    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.

  309. Sonia Avatar

    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!

  310. Taryn Avatar

    Looks so delicious! The food and Tart Love!

  311. Mariko Avatar

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

  312. Reine Avatar

    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!

  313. Liz Avatar

    Thank you for your beautiful and helpful commentaries!

  314. Audrey Avatar

    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!

  315. Maison Beldecor Avatar
    Maison Beldecor

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

  316. From Calculus to Cupcakes Avatar
    From Calculus to Cupcakes

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

  317. Lindsey Avatar

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

  318. Unknown Avatar

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

  319. miss yerem Avatar
    miss yerem

    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

  320. Bernadette Avatar

    So many comments… still, signing up for the book as well! 😀

    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

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  321. Jessica Avatar

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


  322. Téo Avatar

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

  323. Celia Avatar

    I think I just drooled on my keyboard.

  324. Jennie Avatar

    The book sounds amazing!!!

  325. Jeanne Avatar

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

  326. LynnD Avatar

    Love Tarts! Must make the buttermilk tart.

  327. Rhonda Avatar

    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!

  328. talonshautsetcacao Avatar

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

  329. Laura Avatar

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

  330. Ana Avatar

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

  331. JC Avatar

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

  332. Emily Avatar

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

  333. Treble Tart Avatar
    Treble Tart

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

  334. Heather Avatar

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

  335. Anonymous Avatar

    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!

  336. rachel tsunami Avatar
    rachel tsunami

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

  337. David Rosenblatt Avatar
    David Rosenblatt

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

    David Rosenblatt

  338. Amy Avatar

    Artichokes are my 4 year olds favorite!

  339. Alyson Avatar

    Lavender and buttermilk tart? Yes, please!

  340. Thas @ Cooking with Thas Avatar
    Thas @ Cooking with Thas

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

  341. Rachael Ferrera Avatar
    Rachael Ferrera

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

  342. AbrewFamily Avatar

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

  343. Julie Avatar

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

  344. Sandra Avatar

    I love making tarts and these look amazing.

  345. Kari Avatar

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

  346. ruthinaz Avatar

    Who doesn't love a tart?

  347. Bridget Avatar

    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"!

  348. Anonymous Avatar

    Sound so yummy! would love to have that book! xx

  349. Karyn Avatar

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

  350. Susan Avatar

    The book looks fantastic and so very appealing!

  351. Lorna Avatar

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

  352. AW Avatar

    Looks like a good book!

  353. Barb Avatar

    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.

  354. juliane Avatar

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

  355. Mei-Ting Avatar

    Beautiful photos as always!

  356. Liz @ Southern Charm Avatar
    Liz @ Southern Charm

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

  357. Claire Avatar

    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.

  358. Andrea Y. Avatar
    Andrea Y.

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

  359. mgjz Avatar

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

  360. Marty K Avatar
    Marty K

    Those buttermilk tarts look amazing!

  361. Emily Avatar

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

  362. Nieves Avatar

    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!!

  363. Paha Kakku Avatar
    Paha Kakku

    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,


  364. jamie Avatar

    Wow that tart sounds amazing! Must try it!

    Book looks fantastic too 🙂

  365. Nani Avatar

    Now THAT'S a sexy little tart!

  366. Allison C Avatar
    Allison C

    That apple caramel tart looks AWESOME!

  367. Anonymous Avatar

    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!

  368. Ka'a Christian Avatar
    Ka'a Christian

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

  369. Angie Avatar

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

  370. Alysha Avatar

    Thanks for inspiring me to cook. 🙂

  371. Kansas Daisy Avatar
    Kansas Daisy

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

  372. Kansas Daisy Avatar
    Kansas Daisy

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

  373. Dmarie Avatar

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

  374. Molly Cohen Avatar
    Molly Cohen

    Hi! This book and your tart look amazing 🙂 Enjoy your trip

  375. Loretta Avatar

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

  376. Kim Avatar

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

  377. alexandra Avatar

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

  378. Lucy Vaserfirer Avatar
    Lucy Vaserfirer

    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.

  379. Kirsten A. Avatar
    Kirsten A.

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

  380. Unknown Avatar

    Congratulations on your success- you deserve it!!!

  381. Unknown Avatar

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

  382. April Avatar

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

  383. Anonymous Avatar

    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!

  384. Teresa Cook Avatar
    Teresa Cook

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

  385. Rechelle Avatar

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

  386. Rose Avatar

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

  387. Anonymous Avatar

    thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  388. France Avatar

    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!

  389. jonahliza Avatar

    that tart looks amazing!

  390. Samuel B Avatar
    Samuel B

    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 🙂

  391. L.Q. Avatar

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

  392. Anonymous Avatar

    Love love everything! The book looks absolutely awesome.

  393. Unknown Avatar

    Oh how pretty it all is. I love tarts in every way!

  394. corycoakley Avatar

    I have to admit, that lavender tart looks amazing. I have always been skeptical of eating lavender, but since trying lavender chocolate I have been convinced.

    How do you avoid thorns in your thumbs when prepping your artichokes? The last time I made artichokes I had splinters for days.

  395. chrissie Avatar

    That's one of the best looking artichoke dishes I've ever seen. I think I'm the only one in the house who will eat artichokes but I bet they'll all love that tart!

  396. Irene Avatar

    Oh, I'd love to own a copy of this cookbook. Count me in!

  397. Samee Avatar

    It all looks almost too pretty to eat – almost!

  398. Amber2Zoe Avatar

    I love lavender so any book that uses it gets high marks from me!

  399. Amanda B.  Avatar
    Amanda B.

    Thank for the giveaway!

  400. ChichaJo Avatar

    Those are gorgeous tarts! Oh I would love to win a copy 🙂 I hope this is open to commenters outside the US! 🙂

  401. Ana Telkieva Avatar
    Ana Telkieva

    Love your tarts!Very often I make your macadamia milk jam tarts, don`t mind to have a book with tart receipes!Thx

  402. ruthinaz Avatar

    Who doesn't love a tart? Enjoy reading a good cookbook as much as trying the recipes. Hmmmmmm

  403. Cooking Quidnunc Avatar
    Cooking Quidnunc

    artichokes are the best! delicious recipe

  404. Lindsey Avatar

    Love all your pictures, they are so wonderful! =)

  405. farmerpam Avatar

    Count me in.

  406. TK Avatar

    Mmm! I think it's perfect tart season right now. 🙂

  407. Chlo D Avatar
    Chlo D

    Wonderful photography!!! Can't wait to try these recipes … always looking for uses for our lavendar! I hope you enjoy your time at Squam – the view from Rattlesnake Mountain is amazing and a short, easy hike if you get an hour or two to yourself!

  408. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. Avatar
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

    Everything in this post is beautiful, especially that tart!!

  409. Gen Avatar

    Magnifique mise en valeur de l'artichaut! Et je n'aurais pas pensé à mettre de la lavande dans mon dessert!

  410. Jessie Avatar

    Mmmmm, love me some tarts! 🙂

  411. Anonymous Avatar

    I love tarts, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the book!
    Thanks for this nice giveaway!!!

  412. Anonymous Avatar

    Lovely and beautiful as always. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  413. Keri Avatar

    Lovely photos…delicious looking food!

  414. Carolyn Avatar

    Oh Helene! I just made your goat cheese mousse tart (something you posted years ago) this past weekend. It was spectacular! Everyone I fed loves the filling and the crunch of the tart. I'm now obsessed and want to try making as many tarts as I possibly can with my new tart tins. The lavender buttermilk tart will be next, I might top it with fresh figs!

  415. Elizabeth Beasley Avatar
    Elizabeth Beasley

    Making tart/pie crusts is one of my favorite things to do in the whole world. I find it very relaxing and the results are delicious, no matter what you fill it with! Would love to try this tarty cookbook. 🙂

  416. matthew Avatar

    Looks Great!

  417. Lisa Avatar

    Oh, I would love to have this cookbook!

  418. Midnight Cowgirl Avatar
    Midnight Cowgirl

    The lavender & buttermilk tart sounds delicious!

  419. Anonymous Avatar

    Those tarts look sooo yummy!!! I'd love to win the book!

  420. Maya Avatar

    I love tarts of all sorts. Sounds like my kind of book!

  421. Maya Avatar

    I love tarts of all sorts. Sounds like my kind of book!

  422. Anonymous Avatar

    I have been a fan of yours for years now. I just randomly decided to visit your site today and was astonished at the amount of comments left, then as I read, I realized that there's more people like me that usually read, but never comment. But a book giveaway, deserves a comment. So here it is)))
    Have I ever told you that your work is awesome? Yeah, I have, but anyways…))))

  423. Fancy That Avatar
    Fancy That

    How could I not desire Holly's book. you've captured three of my most favorite things…Artichokes, lavender and figs! Yummy…
    Have been researching lavender for the past year and have learned that
    the English Lavender is better in sweet recipes while Provence blends better in savory dishes.

    Will be on the look out for Holly's book.

  424. Junie Green Avatar
    Junie Green

    That tart looks and sounds absolutely amazing.

  425. Stru Avatar

    Would love to try out some new tarts!

  426. The Whimsical Wife Avatar
    The Whimsical Wife

    I'd be in tart heaven with that book – your photographs and holly's recipe's pure heaven!

  427. Lisa C Avatar
    Lisa C

    If the tart recipes in Holly's book are anything as good as your recipes, the book is a must have! Your pictures, stories, and recipes inspire me to try new things.

  428. alice t. Avatar
    alice t.

    love tarts!

  429. RochelleD Avatar

    Just recently made my first tart and it was a big hit;can't wait to make more!

  430. IB Avatar

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Please pick me so I can make all of the recipes in the book.. Merci!

  431. hohomacarons Avatar

    ommo! i loveeee the lart! looks amazing:) lavender:) yumminess:)

  432. Lisa H. Avatar
    Lisa H.

    I was looking for recipe on how to cook artichoke… voila… i found one here… perfect timing 😀
    Saying that I hope that Lady Luck is with me to win the book too 😀

  433. Miss Kimbers @ Fruit Salad & Mixed Veg Avatar
    Miss Kimbers @ Fruit Salad & Mixed Veg

    I'm sure I could look at your photos in the book all day! The pie looks great:)

  434. Rowena Avatar

    I would love a copy of the book! Thank you for doing this giveaway.

  435. D. Avatar

    Looks and sounds gorgeous! Mmmm!

  436. Heidi Avatar

    Looks wonderful!

  437. Melanie Avatar

    oooh, I love the cover shot, with that pear tart. YUM:)

  438. Lynnette Avatar

    My mouth is watering…your pictures are gorgeous as always!!!

  439. Becki Sue Avatar
    Becki Sue

    Your photography blows me away. I just put your photography book on my birthday wish list.

  440. Jamie  Avatar

    This is just the thing I've been looking for. I'm living in San Francisco for the year and brought only the tart pans along for pastry. And the fruit and vegetables at the farmers markets here are dying to end up in a buttery baked shell.

  441. Mrs. Fowler Avatar
    Mrs. Fowler

    Helene, I envy you so much! Doing what you love and making a career out of it! I am going to try your tart recipe, it looks absolutely scrumptious!

  442. Unknown Avatar

    Everything looks so good.

  443. Amy G Avatar
    Amy G

    Another wonderful post. The group of 4 pictures of the tarts is so beautiful and mouthwatering that I am salivating as I type this, hoping that I will win the book so that I can make each one of them, and more! What's more, they are so evocative of the title of the book, which I love. Here's hoping!

  444. britt Avatar

    The ingredients, linens, serveware all look so French- beautiful! love it!

  445. BeckiH Avatar

    I just love tarts! And your photographs are amazing!

  446. Hannah M. Avatar
    Hannah M.

    buttermilk tarts? those look delicious!

  447. Roberta Avatar

    Hi! I am a first timer here, so well, what could I say? my jaw litterally dropped as soon as the post popped up on my laptop screen… your photos are stunning and inspirational!
    I can almost smell the tart here at home!

    I'll be back soon, that's sure!

  448. Kacie Avatar

    As a college student I am always in need of a new recipe book! Yum.

  449. Deborah Avatar

    Everything looks so delicious. And I love tarts, so of course I'm in on the giveaway as well, if allowed. I hope so, as I can never get enough cook books (addicted).

  450. May Avatar

    I enjoy your blog! Tarts are my favorite! Would love to look at the recipe book.

  451. Iva Avatar


    I would love to dive in to these delicious tart recepies!!!I need the book please!!!

  452. Anonymous Avatar

    I have just dried some lavender flowers from the garden – look forward to trying the tart! Thanks for the recipe and, as usual, the beautiful photography.

    Christina, from New Zealand

  453. Madison Avatar

    Yum! Artichokes.

  454. True Avatar

    Sounds like a wonderful book! And, thanks for the delicious artichoke idea. My whole family loves them!

  455. Sarah @ pão e queijo Avatar
    Sarah @ pão e queijo

    I LOVE artichokes… great dish and photos, as always! I'd also LOVE a copy of this book 🙂


  456. Lily Avatar

    Those tarts look absolutely delicious! I'd love to have a copy of her book (:

  457. Stephanie Avatar

    such beautiful creations! would LOVE a copy of the book!!

  458. Lisa Renée Avatar
    Lisa Renée

    You and Holly working together……Sometimes, life is amazing and I feel blessed to live in the same state! You are both incredibly talented women 🙂

  459. Anonymous Avatar

    i cook after school with kids and this looks like we could explore it for awhile

  460. Jessica Holly Avatar
    Jessica Holly

    This looks amazing! I'd love to win!

  461. Kimi Avatar

    Looks like a great book

  462. Anonymous Avatar

    Oooh, tarts! I love tarts. I've made two blackberry tarts in as many weeks – trying to take advantage of blackberry season in the Pacific Northwest and tarts are my chosen venue. I can't wait to try the tarts in this book! Thank you for promoting it or I might never have known it existed!

  463. Tina Avatar

    The book sounds amazing. I love tarts and this one looks delicious!

  464. Erin R Avatar
    Erin R

    Wonderful recipes, amazing pictures! I can't wait to try these amazing tarts, perfect for fall!

  465. Ella, The Flour Princess Avatar
    Ella, The Flour Princess

    I love tarts. But always been afraid to make my own. I have a tart pan sitting in my drawer for almost a year and never been used. finallyI hope I'd win the book so I can try my hand at tart making!

  466. Andi Avatar

    Beautiful pictures-those tarts look delicious!

  467. Gemini Avatar

    Your photography and recipes are awesome. I'd love to read a book that would help me learn to make tarts easier. Thanks for putting together such a wonderful blog.

  468. evinrude Avatar

    wow! i just saw that there were 499 comments~! the tarts look gorgeous and i hope i'm eligible though i'm living in singapore!

  469. madcookingfusions Avatar

    Hi… awesome is the word..everything looks so tempting and stunnig…amazing pics too!!! Would love to follow you to learn from you!!

  470. Esme Avatar

    I really want a bite of that tart.

  471. Tracy Altieri Avatar
    Tracy Altieri

    If the dishes taste anything like their pictures – YUM!

  472. Maria Ef. Avatar
    Maria Ef.

    wow!!! I am dying for a slice (and to get my hands on a copy 🙂 -thank you for the opportunity)

  473. Paige Avatar

    Thank you for the chance to win, I would love the book.

  474. Jennifer P Avatar
    Jennifer P

    Every tart looks so yummy. I'd sure love to have the book so I can try them.

  475. Lisabella Avatar

    Nice way to tart up my day!

  476. Gloria Avatar

    Oh, my! I love tarts! Your photos are always so beautiful! Thank you for sharing her book with us!

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  478. Unknown Avatar

    Life would be better with tarts at every meal!

  479. kyleen Avatar

    Hi Helene! Beautiful pictures as always. I love the dish you used in the first picture; the handle is so unique.

  480. Mary Avatar

    buttermilk and lavender is a combination I would never have thought of. it sounds very intriguing.

  481. Helen Avatar

    There is nothing like a tart. This book sounds great.

  482. Anna Avatar

    This book looks mouthwatering….!!! and your photographs seem to capture the tarts perfectly

  483. hickeyja Avatar

    Tarts are fabulous. We love them. Can't wait to get a copy of this book. Thanks for the opptunity to win one.

  484. Nathan Smith Avatar
    Nathan Smith

    The tarts look fantastic!

  485. Lex Avatar

    the photos, the recipes, the writing… everything leaves me wanting more!! can't wait to try!

  486. Anonymous Avatar

    These tarts look amazing! And with your fantastic gluten free crust I can make them all!
    ~Mrs. R

  487. Laura Avatar

    I love your style and photos and keep coming back – I would LOVE to have the book so fingers crossed.

  488. Ate_Liza Avatar

    I love visiting your blog and taking inspiration in what you cook, write and show thru your photos. Cant wait to try out the artichoke and tart recipe you shared.

  489. Lizzabell Dizon Avatar
    Lizzabell Dizon

    I simply love your blog!
    I seldom leave comments, but here's one for the book!

  490. Kate Avatar

    These are fabulous photographs, of what looks like a fabulous tart. Lavender cream…mmm! Must the lavendar be dried, or would a few sprigs of the fresh stuff do just as well?

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