spinach tart

Several years ago PBS released Julia Child’s The French Chef. In a favorite episode she traveled to Provence to make Spinach Tarts with her collaborator Simone (Simca) Beck. You can make a spinach tart simply by combining frozen spinach with B├ęchamel and placing it (cold) in store bought pastry. You can improve this by starting with fresh spinach boiled in water for three minutes, shocked in cold water, and chopped. To improve the texture you simply pull the the stems from the blades before boiling. Each step changes the dish. Start where… Read More

The Quiche Epiphany

apple and quince pie

Today’s assignment is to describe the genesis of our blogs, so I need to tell you about my Quiche Epiphany. For very specific reasons I was cooking for myself in grade school. When I was about fourteen my father had a quadruple bypass. That visible impact of diet on health concurred with my health classes and long story short, I became a vegetarian and stayed so until about twenty. Being raised in Los Angeles health food was always a visible part of many lifestyles around me and felt, at the time, more… Read More