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Once Upon a Tart... by Frank Mentesana
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Feb 23, 10


My boiler/heater is out today and I have been keeping my oven cranking out the heat for the house by doing lots of baking. I checked this book out from the library and I've already made about five of the recipes (within the last two weeks, not just today!):

banana-poppyseed muffins (so-so recipe)

leek and celery tart (good! and awesome crust - also, good way to use up the two things that accumulate in my crisper - plus, it turned out so impressively pretty)

carrot-pecan muffins (a bit heavy on the nutmeg. i also made the recipe using parsnips instead of carrots and who knew? they turned out even better than carrots, though i eliminated the nutmeg completely so it didn't taste like a xmas spice bread, and I used slivered almonds for the nuts)

apricot-fig scones (REALLY good scone recipe!)

I'm thinking I would love to get paid to be a cookbook recipe tester!

Would I buy this cookbook? Maybe. 4/5 stars because the banana-poppyseed recipe really disappointed me. But I loved the photography, the instructions, and the background on the recipes and their inspiration.
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Junita I love this cookbook! I even went so far as to visit Once Upon a Tart the last time I was in New York. The soups and the tarts (both savory and sweet) are what I make most. I haven't made any muffins or scones.


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