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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Foodie Friday- a Farmer's Market Dinner

Happy Friday Everyone!

It's Foodie Friday and we're linking up to Michael's grand gathering of Blogland Foodies at Designs by Gollum. Come join us!

I have to apologize for not being on my blogging game as well as I should be lately. I haven't been feeling well and it's taken a toll- I promise I'll try to do better! 

Today was a busy day and unbearably, brutally hot again here in NC. I actually felt sorry for the deer in my yard as they were chomping away on my plants- even the marauders don't deserve this heat! 

And this was what I saw on my phone this morning- our grand-angel on her way into surgery!

All went well and she's home safe and sound! We'll be seeing her next week and a little birdie told us that she REALLY wants to ride a horse. Last I looked, Grandpa was looking for some chaps and spurs (and I promise to post pics of THAT if it happens!)

I had a counter full of fabulous fruits and veggies that a wonderful, generous friend brought from a Farmer's Market in a neighboring town. I decided on a lovely tart filled with ricotta and honey and topped with grilled peaches and strawberries

I made the tart crust and grilled the peaches early this morning. I also roasted some baby golden beets (oh my gosh, they were good!!) and the oven went off for the rest of the day!

For dinner we had a standoff- a couple of the kids had friends over and wanted pizza- the adults wanted ....well, they didn't really know what they wanted but it wasn't pizza! There were some lovely peas and shallots in the bag from my neighbor and I had tomatoes and pancetta around. I had some pork chops that I'd salted and had air drying from last night in the fridge so they went on the grill too

The pasta disappeared - and I hope you enjoy as much as my family did :)

**NOTE- I used some fresh fettucine I made yesterday. Any wide noodle or short curved pasta would do well to capture the sauce. Also, I added a couple of handfuls of quartered, small Campari tomatoes when I tossed the pasta with the sauce and butter

Fettucine con Piselli, Pancetta, e Pomodoro

4 oz. package of diced pancetta
1/4 cup olive oil
3 shallots, diced fine
2 cups, rounded, of fresh or thawed frozen baby peas
1/4 cup, packed, chopped mint and parsley mix (2 TBLSP of each)
1/2 cup white wine
1 1/4 cup chicken stock
salt and fresh ground pepper
1 lb. pasta
4 TBLSP butter- leave at room temperature while you're preparing the pasta

Put a large pot of well salted water on to boil. When it's at a rolling boil, add pasta and cook till al dente. Meanwhile, make sauce: Warm olive oil in a large skillet. Add pancetta and saute till it starts to color and crisp. Add shallots and saute for 2 to 3 more minutes till shallots soften. Add parsley/ mint mix and peas- saute 2-3 more minutes. Add wine and cook till almost evaporated. Add stock, salt, and pepper and brng to a simmer- simmer till peas are tender. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary. Drain pasta and toss with butter and sauce. Serve with shaved parmeggiano reggiano

Ready for dessert??

You may remember the roses from yesterday's table- I love orange roses!

Ricotta Tart with Grilled Peaches

2 cups flour
2 TBLSP sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks butter
2 large egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
2 TBLSP freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 cups ricotta- preferably fresh
3 TBLSP honey
1 vanilla bean split- scrape out the seeds
3-4 large peaches
light olive oil or canola oil
1 pint strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
juice of 1/2 lime-optional
2-3 TBLSP sugar
Balsamic reduction or glaze- optional

Put flour, sugar, salt, and cold, diced butter in food processor and pulse till the consistency of coarse cornmeal. Mix egg yolks, vanilla and lemon juice together and, with motor running, slowly add to flour mixture till dough forms a ball- don't over process. Form a flat disk, wrap well in plastic, and refrigerate for an hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough and fit into an 8 inch tart pan with removeable bottom (or a few individual tart pans) Bake for 20-30 minutes (depends on your oven) till just lightly golden. Cool on a wire rack.
Mix ricotta, honey, and vanilla bean seeds till blended well. Refrigerate till ready to fill tart.
Cut peaches in wedges and rub lightly with oil. Grill, cut sides down for 2-3 minutes till light golden grill marks are formed. Flip using tongs and repeat. If peaches aren't softened to your liking, put them in the oven on a rack in s pan for 7-10 minutes. Allow to cool
Quarter strawberries and sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar. Allow to macerate on the counter at least 15 minutes
Assembly: Remove tart from pan to a serving plate. Spread ricotta mixture in tart till about 1/2 to 2/3 full. Top with grilled peaches in a spoke pattern and a strawberry or 2. Chop remaining peaches and mix with macerated strawberries. Sprinkle tart with sugar and serve with strawberry/ peach mix. I like mine drizzled with a drop or two of balsamic glaze

Michael, thank you for hosting- hope the ducks AND your boys are doing well!

As Always,

Buon Cibo, Buon Amici,

Pattie and Allie


  1. looks delish! the roses are beautfl

  2. It all sounds yummy, Patti. Hope you're feeling better.

  3. I would like to dive right into that luscious tart, Pattie. Grilling the peaches is a wonderful idea. And I could go for a big plate of that yummy pasta. Can you tell I'm hungry and ready for dinner?

    I'm so happy your sweet little angel is doing well.

  4. You did it again, Pattie. The entire meal sounds scrumptious and I suspect you had no leftovers to deal with. I hope you are feeling better. Blessings...Mary

  5. Glad to hear that your Granddaughter is doing well. Hope you feel better soon too Pattie! Your pasta looks delicious and the tart looks amazingly good!

  6. As always, it all looks so good. I completely understand the brutal heat, though thank goodness in AZ we don't have the humidity you Easterners must deal with. Early baking is about the only way to use the oven around here, too.

  7. That tart looks heavenly!
    I don't know how you do all the things you do! Do you ever sleep?

  8. Well! It looks like everyone ate very well-enjoy!

  9. Pattie,
    You and Tony, I think come from the same mold! I love how you can take items you have on hand (fresh fettucini) and put together the most beautiful dish on the spot! Awesome! You are in our thoughts and prayers..hoping you feel better! I am thinking we will be seeing pictures of that cute angel on a horse :)

  10. Pattie and Allie:

    Your tart (well all of your desserts) always are so lovely. I also love your pasta. What a great dinner you had! Joni

  11. Seriously Pattie, what do you do? Stay up half the night planning what you are going to eat the next day and the other half cooking it? Homemade noodles? I am a failure.

  12. ps: what a cutie!!!!! and she seems to have a fantastic attitude. praying for a speedy recovery for that sweet little angel.

  13. I am sooooo going to show up at your house one night for dinner saying, "feed me". ;)

    Blessing to the little one - hope she's on the mend soon.


  14. I'm hungry! And I already ate my "farmer's market" meal...fresh corn, scraped off the cob and cooked in milk and butter, fresh black-eyed peas and snaps, ripe, juicy tomato slices and chopped sweet onions. All this was piled over piping hot cornbread...YUM!

    I just need a slice of that gorgeous dessert!!!
    Jane (artfully graced)

  15. Everything looks so delicious! I love the dessert most of all though. It looks so very refreshing! xxoo

  16. One can almost forgive summer's heat since it brings farmers' markets to town. We're still waiting for those tomatoes but I'm bookmarking this recipe to showcase them! Thanks for another delicious recipe. Hope you are feeling better soon. Take care!


  17. Good Morning Pattie!
    OH MY that pie looks lovely for a summer table -- cool and delicious!

    We have some peaches just hitting that "use now or else" stage, so we may have to try this today. Love the pasta dish, too -- WAY better than pizza! :-)

    Have a lovely weekend, and stay COOL. I was longing for summer back in the snows of February, but now -- too hot, too often.

    Maybe I was really longing for Spring, and we didn't get enough of that.

    I cannot wait to see that darling little girl in CHAPS -- so much better than in her hospital garb, poor baby.

    All the best to you and yours ... Cass

  18. Sweet Cathy, I hope and pray that you feel better! And I hope all went well with your grands surgery. It is hot here, too, and it's hard to get motivated in it.

    Sending you get well hugs and prayers...



  19. hey Pattie
    you outdid yourself with that tart, those peaches look so very very good! and of course your pasta looks delicious!! I always think simplicity is best with pasta, a few good flavors leaving it light and tasty!
    thanks so much for sharing, and can't wait to see pics of your angel on horseback!

  20. God bless grandbaby and hope you feel better soon. Your post is exquisite as usual and beautiful to look at with all the gorgeous dishes, napkins ,flowers and bowls. Take care ~Emelia~

  21. I have not had grilled peaches! Interesting... Its way to hot here to try that anytime soon... Last night I grilled salmon but I was able to put it on (I used a cedar plank) go in the house with the A/C wait 15 and go pull it off the grill... Course it was 113 here, I don't think I have the stamina to stand out there and hover over peaches. It made my mouth water!
    Awesome photos too!...


  22. I hope you and your sweet little grandbaby are doing well! What a cutie!

  23. I am glad to hear all is well with your granddaughter! What a cutie! Your roses are gorgous! I love orange roses. The tart looks and sounds delicious!

    I hope you start feeling better very soon.

    ~ Tracy

  24. So glad to hear about your Granddaughter! that is wonderful news!

    That pasta would so be gone in a heart beat here! LOL and the tart looks awesome. I think this could be our dessert tomorrow. I have all the stuff so, yay!

  25. Glad things are looking up for your little sweetie. If I had this luscious pasta and tart to eat, I would recover quickly. Please host a give-away...a meal at your place!

  26. Both recipes are lucious,Pattie! Hope your little grand daughter is feeling 100% by now!
    Sorry I haen't been visiting husband wasn't feeling well this weekend and I was giving him TLC!
    ♥ Pat

  27. so beautiful, everything looks great. Glad the little one is doing well. Happy 4th.

  28. What an awesome spur of the moment meal. I think the best meals are those you throw together from ingredients on hand. Creativity takes hold! The tart is something I've never tried but its looks great.


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