"You say tomato, I say tomahto."
September is one of those in-between cooking months. Summer is over, but it’s still hot out and the Farmers Market bins are overflowing with juicy, ripe tomatoes in myriad of colors. Autumn root vegetables have made an appearance, and I can't wait to leap into fall, but I promised my BF I would not start decorating or making anything pumpkin-related until Oct 1. [Ed. Note: It would be "All Halloween All The Time" in this house, if she could get away with it.]
This tart is a perfect end of summer meal—lunch, brunch, dinner or an even better appetizer. It's also a great way to use up all your ripe garden tomatoes in a quick and non-fussy fashion. And on muggy odd-weather weeks like we've experienced recently in the bay area (triple-digit heat followed by monsoon rain and lightning), lets be real, I don't want to bake when it's a bajillion degrees.
I have made this tart every September for the last decade with various crusts, i.e., one sheet of defrosted puff pastry, homemade rye, buckwheat, or polenta tart crust, as well as whole wheat pizza dough. This time I made it with Vicolo cornmeal pizza crust (see picture below). This is not a sponsored post, but these ready-made crusts are a godsend: freshly made, organic, all natural, no preservatives, and there are even gluten-free options. They come pre-packaged in the refrigerated section of your grocery store (Safeway, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, etc.), and if you like the taste and texture of cornmeal, you won't be disappointed.
If you can't find Vicolo in your grocery store, you can substitute with one sheet of defrosted puff pastry, rolled out to a 9x13 rectangle and placed on a baking sheet. Follow the baking instructions on the box and let it cool completely, then follow the rest of my instructions for the filling and assembly.
Number of Servings: Approx 2-3 (per one 8-inch tart).
Note: Ingredient list below is for one 8-inch tart, and Vicolo crusts come in packages of two. So if you want to make both you will need to double the filling amounts below.
More people will come if they think we have punch and crostata!
-Eric Cartman (who knows his pie substitutions)
If you're planning a La Resistance soiree, or even a Resist La Resistance soiree (hopefully the South Park fans will get this), you'll only need about two hours to throw this treat together, including resting and baking time. And Cartman is right, more people will show up.
Personally I prefer making crostatas because I like the fruit-to-crust ratio better than pies (read: I'm only in it for the crust).
And even if you have resistance fatigue, at least you can take advantage of the peak pluot and plum season with this crostata.
Adapted from: Honestly Yum
Number of servings: 6
Growing up in Portland and Sweet Home, Oregon, we only ate corn in August. Not by choice. It wasn't available in the grocery store or from nearby farms at any other time.
There was a farm about five miles away that offered "U-pick" corn; my siblings and I would fill a laundry basket, weigh it, bring it to my mom, who would then steam it, poke corn holders www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-corn-holders-image85158 (do people still use these?) in the cobs, and serve on the table with a cube of butter and shaker of salt. Corn was the only vegetable that I liked, and since we only could get it during August, it was a real treat that we all looked forward to.
Now, I’m spoiled, and live in an area with farmers markets and grocery stores carrying fresh corn all year round. (That said, I still try to buy it only in late summer because the quality is better. Chalk it up to childhood bias.) I like to make fresh corn in a variety of ways, always off the cob, usually sprinkled with lime and salt.
I streamlined this recipe from Food52, and loved that the corn flavor was so robust, yet the soup itself was very light. It's also vegan, dairy free, gluten free, paleo, Whole30, and comes together in about thirty minutes.
Remember, always try to get the freshest corn possible–the season is almost over!
Adapted from: Food52
Number of servings: 4
L-R: Jacquie, Michael, Janette, and John (missing little sister Julie), celebrating an August birthday.
Ice cream–it’s not my jam. When I was a child, several times over summer our family hit the DQ for ice cream. My two sisters, two brothers, grandmother and parents all ordered a child-size vanilla soft serve chocolate-dipped cone (you know, the cone with the signature curly swirl on top), but I was allowed to order…a hot dog.
I detested ice cream this much.
Being allowed to substitute was a big deal. I grew up in a family where you ate what was served for dinner and you could not make something else. Allowances were not allowed.
As fate would have it, in the last decade, (because of my ice cream loving boyfriend [Ed. Note: DID SOMEONE SAY ICE CREAM?]) I have developed a taste for it. Still not the number-one choice, but this key lime ice cream is sublime.
This recipe from Jenn Segal is perfect. Didn’t change a thing. It’s actually creamier than normal ice cream, luscious, tart, and tastes like a key lime pie. Perhaps best of all, no need for an ice cream maker (which I do not own). Minus the chill-time, it comes together in about a half-hour.
Adapted from: Once Upon a Chef
Number of Servings: 6
For the Ice Cream
I'm a movie-aholic, and The Usual Suspects is a perennial favorite–one that never gets stale. Few films stand up to repeat viewings; I typically don't see a movie more than once, even if it’s a favorite. Every time Fenster says something unintelligible, can't help but lose it.
I’m the same way with food. I don’t like leftovers, with the exception of tacos. For some reason, Don and I can willingly eat tacos several nights in a row and not tire of it. [Ed. Note: Go figure.]
Let me introduce you to the roasted salmon taco. Not only is this super healthy, it only takes 30 minutes to prepare, and you will not tire of it (promise).
The recipe is from Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten (love that woman). The tacos have a bold flavor with the tender spiced salmon, beautifully contrasted by the tangy slaw and kicky creamy avocado. Everything is fresh and simple and perfect for a weeknight meal. This might be a tad spicy for little kids, or those sensitive to heat, so adjust the chipotle chile powder accordingly.
Adapted from: Cooking for Jeffrey, by Ina Garten
Number of Servings: 6 (2 tacos per person)
For the slaw
For the salmon
A quick note that you should expect regular recipe posts every Wednesday (with occasional lagniappe as is deemed necessary). ;-)
Nectarine and Marscarpone Tart in a Gingersnap Crust
A perfect summer dessert, the tart nectarines and spicy gingersnap crust offset the not-too-sweet filling nicely. Originally a Bon Appétit recipe that Smitten Kitchen adapted, I made a few additions, namely, heavy whipping cream and cinnamon as I prefer a fluffier, less dense filling. The topping is open to a variety of summer fruits. I have made this tart and topped with cherries and other stone fruits as well.
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Number of servings: 8-10
Another seasonal (in California, we are in the throes of cherry and corn season) client favorite, this one is quick and simple to prepare, and the colors and ingredients scream summer. The sweetness of the corn with the charred lettuce, tangy pickled cherries, and shallots make for a fresh, vibrant combination.
Adapted from Heather Christo
Number of servings: 6
Pickled Cherries and Shallots
Sticking with the strawberry theme from the last post, here's a fun single bite of goodness that has worked well for many of my Fourth-of-July catering events. There are many different ways to customize the filling (suggestions below), but the simple vanilla is a good foil for the chocolate and graham-cracker dip.
I have used gluten-free graham crackers for clients who require that; you can substitute with nuts (chopped pecans, walnuts) or even sprinkles.
Yield: 24 strawberries
Hi! Welcome to my first blog post, and thank you for stumbling onto this page.
I am an Oregon-girl (and a U of O grad, Go Ducks!) who has cooked for my own family for decades, but decided to apply it as a self-employed trade into the teeth of the 2008-09 financial crisis. A layoff from a corporate job in the sleep-education field gave me the opportunity to experiment with different culinary techniques in the kitchen, and subsequently create and execute meal plans for friends.
As Silicon Valley slowly recovered, I formally launched the Moveable Feast personal-chef service, and have enjoyed serving the bay area's mid-peninsula ever since. Besides the many families I have had the pleasure of cooking for, my clients have included executives from Apple, Facebook, Google, YouTube and, up north, Boeing.
Here you will find all sorts of recipes from healthy to comfort food to indulgent desserts. I cook seasonally and with as much local ingredients as possible. I develop all the recipes on this site myself along with the photography and food styling.
With the help of my partner-in-crime Don Zulaica (who has written/edited everything from medical-device marketing to local newspapers, national music magazines and entertainment web sites), this blog will share delicious recipes and experiences from the past decade, document the continuing journey, and hopefully give you a few ideas for dishes to try out in your own kitchen.
Hope you're having a wonderful 4th-of-July holiday!
Crispy Salmon with Strawberry Salsa
Of all of the posts at the Moveable Feast Facebook page, and the upwards of two dozen salmon preparations, this gets the most requests for its recipe. It's also one of the more popular seasonal dishes from my summer menus.
Sweet strawberries and basil might seem an unusual pairing with salmon, but coupled with the kick of red onion and/or serrano pepper, balance out the entree nicely.
I'm Jacquie, personal chef & recipe developer in the bay area. Living life with my wildly funny boyfriend and dog Marlowe. Lover of books, bourbon, chocolate and movies.