Thursday, May 26, 2011

PorcSalt, Guanciale and Bacon

I was given 2 hunks of PorcSalt products. 1 slab of bacon and one of guanciale. I sampled them both and the quality is super and the flavor excellent. The guanciale has made it into today's savory tart. The tart is composed of organic farmstand leeks, Claudio's ricotta, mascarpone, fresh herbs and Tap Root eggs. The shell is Daisy Mills flour, leaf lard, Shankstead butter, Fleur de Sel.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Weekend Tarts

This weekend the tarts are made with roasted cipollini's, Sonny D'angelo pancetta, Livengood spinach and Sunny Side chevre.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Saturday @ Rittenhouse and Chestnut Hill --Tasso, Ramps, Spinach, Chevre Tart

I snagged the last of the ramps at Fair Food today. They will be going into tomorrow's tart along with tasso, spinach and chevre.

The official Market Day Canele PC crashed, so no pics for a few days. Imagination!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tomorrow at Media Market

We're psyched to return to Media. Nothing but the best is on offer for our suburban gourmands and local eaters. Tomorrow's tart  uses local asparagus with roasted cippolinis, Linden Dale chevre and Smoked boar bacon.

(seriously) French Macarons Mon Petit Atelier

I met up with Veronique, seemingly a macaron prodigy, and a mutual Francophile friend at Parc yesterday. Veronique brought along her macarons and we exchanged macarons for canele. These were stunningly luscious. Crisp meringues with rich clean flavors of raspberry and chocolate. Amazing. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Even though we live on South St. we learned about this spot on Meal Ticket. The Meal Ticket folks, I think, did not visit this spot. 

The folks working the front of the house seem surprised by customers and unaccustomed to taking orders. The effect was eerie. The garishly colored  USDA ORGANIC icon adds to the sense of a distortion in the space time continuum. While we were there the manager had to explain the meaning of 'organic' to the counter person.

The burgers though were pretty good. I had a beef burger and Lil lady had a house special turkey burger. They were both tasty and comparatively tiny. The fries were not seasoned and not quite right. Overall the quality did shine through. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Ladies of Lorenzo's

These two ladies jumped out of an amazing camaro to grab some  Lorenzo on 9th St.

Natassa's (Galakto) Boureko for Mother's Day

This delicious custard dessert is a version of the classic from the north of Greece. It was served along with other  tasty desertery for Mother's Day

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Pheasant Eggs Before/After

In my new spot at HeadHouse market I'm neighbors with GriggsTown. Today I grabbed a dz. pheasant eggs.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bin Laden Lives

Like other heinous icons he lives on in the grief and hatred he unleashed on humanity. 

I expected the Philly press to get in contact with me about bin laden. Why? Because in Philly there are just a few families who lost members 9/11. On the occasion of bin laden's just dessert I was in Cape May so the press connected with my sisterOur brother was killed 9/11. We believe he died when the South Tower fell. No remains of Peter have been found. The thing I wanted to point out about this most excellent development is that the evil bin laden facilitated still echoes for lots of folks. 

Like Colbert I'm jubilant that bin laden's been shot in the head. Yet I say bin laden lives because the fall-out of his slimy deeds continues to cause sorrow. There's no 'closure' here but the feeling is more delightful than I was expecting. 

Linden Dale Goat Chops

At Saturday's Rittenhouse Market I grabbed a pair of these chops. We plated them up with grilled potatoes and a tasty spinach salad from The Lobster House who also supplied a dozen superb Cape May Salts.

A quick hot grilling is not the best approach for this item. My outcome was a bit leathery with good flavor. Maybe a braise would have been more successful or a tenderizing marinade or rub.

Thanks for a Great Opening Day at HeadHouse

Sunday Market was wonderful. There was an amazing crowd, great weather and world class vendors. Thanks to The Food Trust for facilitating the smooth and festive opening.
Tom Coltons Huge Asparagus Table.

Aimee Olexy with her grub and Farmers Trust volunteer (thanks)

The goods at Weavers Way. Nicole dashes out of frame!

Opening day is especially fine since we get to catch up with folks we haven't seen since last Winter. I am extremely grateful to my regular customers and, thanks to Philly Mag, we saw many new faces. Thanks too for adventurous customers who bought my savory tarts.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Espadon Grille

This was an excellent slice of Swordfish from the Lobster House in Cape May. We had their frying oysters as an appetizer and they were delicious. Great local asparagus came from Duckies Market in West Cape May