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Tasty Lemon Tart

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Hi all, happy Labor Day!  Hope you all are enjoying your extra day off here in the States.  I love all things citrus, so I baked a delicious lemon tart over the weekend for my honey.  Here’s the quick and easy recipe!

 

lemon tart slice with raspberries

 

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Syrah + Sorbet

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

syrah ripeningHo hum, life is moving at a slow pace this week and I’m getting lost in it. 

I’m catching up on some summer reads I’ve been waiting to dive into.

We’re watching our syrah grapes ripen in the sun.

We’re building tents out of canvas tarps in the backyard. 

We’re taking long naps under the ceiling fan during the hottest days.

We’re picking our share of blackberries.

We’re begrudgingly back to school shopping.

 

blackberry and boy  

And I’m making grown up sorbet ~ a healthier alternative to my ice cream fixation. 

blackberry wine sorbet

 

Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet

2 cups water

1.5 cups sugar

24 oz. blackberries

2 tbsp lemon juice

2-3 tbsp cabernet

(or any dry red wine like merlot or syrah)

Bring water to simmer in small saucepan, then stir in sugar until dissolved to make syrup, refrigerate to cool.  Meanwhile, rinse and puree blackberries, then pour through mesh strainer to remove seeds.  Add blackberry puree, lemon juice and wine to syrup, blend together.  Process mixture in ice cream maker per manufacturer’s instructions.  Freeze processed soft sorbet at least an hour before serving. 

Wishing you long leisurely days spent relaxing in the summer sun, enjoying what’s left of the season before the beauty of fall is upon us.  

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Strawberry Fields Forever

Monday, August 9th, 2010

There is a strawberry field on a corner of Arnold Drive that I pass every time I visit  Sonoma.  You’ll see cars pulling in all day long for a batch of the farmer’s strawberries fresh picked that day. 

strawberries picked daily

 

We eat store bought strawberries all summer long, but there’s something extra special about picking your very own as they ripen in the summer sun. 

strawberry field sonoma

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