Friday, September 27, 2013

Harvest Tart Recipe

by LYNNE & nbsp; VEA   PCC Natural Markets Chef
Pre made puff pastry, un-fussy prep on the garden veggies and a sprinkling of local cheese make these little rustic tarts SO simple and yet absolutely irresistible. You will have more slices of veggies and figs than you will need for the pastries, so just jumble them all up in a bowl; add some good vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper and indulge in the prettiest salad of the summer!
Makes 12 individual tarts
For the veggies:
1 zucchini
2 heirloom tomatoes
1 small eggplant, strips of peel removed with a peeler
1 small red onion, skin removed
1 small red bell pepper, seeds removed
1 poblano pepper, seeds removed
2 or 3 figs
5-6 cherry tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
Cut all of the above, except the cherry tomatoes, in paper thin slices. 
To finish the tarts:
Extra virgin olive oil for glossing
3 sheets Aussie Bakery puff pastry, thawed but still very cold
1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water (this is your egg wash)
1/3 cup basil pesto
6 ounces Mount Townsend New Moon or Campfire Cheese, grated (or your favorite melty cheese)
4 ounces Parmigiana Reggiano, grated
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper for sprinkling
2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
Basil leaves for garnish
Lay the tomato slices out on a clean dish towel to drain any excess liquid. Brush very lightly with olive oil. Toss or brush all of the rest of the veggies (and figs), separately, with olive oil.
Combine the 2 cheeses.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
Cut the puff pastry into rounds with a large cookie cutter (4 inches is a nice size) and lay out on a baking pan. With a fork, poke holes all over the surface of each round (this is called docking) and brush each lightly with egg wash. Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until just lightly golden brown. 
Let the pastries cool slightly and gently spread about 1 teaspoon basil pesto over the surface of each. Top each with 2-3 tablespoons of cheese and 3-4 slices of one of the toppings, overlapping the slices but laying them to the very edge of the pastry. (Top the heirloom tomato slices with a few cherry tomato halves) You will be making 2 of each kind. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with a little more cheese. Sprinkle a pinch of chopped rosemary over each pastry and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly. 
Serve garnished with either whole leaves of basil, or a chiffonade of basil leaves. (If you have a fabulous extra virgin olive oil I don’t see why you couldn’t add a little drizzle before you serve these!)

Pumpkins craft

Milk Jug Halloween crafts

Carving Pumpkins

This site has all kinds of information about jack o'lanterns, carving instructions and more

This takes a long time to load but the spider design is cute:
This site has 400 pumpkin patterns:
Some of these are pretty awful (definitely not for the faint at heart or young children) but if you want some really strange ideas for pumpkin carving plus some tips and stencils:

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wonderful photography

Craig's list ad--Read it closely folks

To the Guy Who Tried to Mug Me in Downtown Savannah night before last.
Date: 2011-11-27, 1:43 am. E.S.T.
I was the guy wearing the black Burberry jacket that you demanded that I hand over, shortly after you pulled
the knife on me and my girlfriend, threatening our lives. You also asked for my girlfriend's purse and earrings. I can only hope that you somehow come across this rather important message.
First, I'd like to apologize for your embarrassment; I didn't expect you to actually crap in your pants when
I drew my pistol after you took my jacket.. The evening was not that cold, and I was wearing the jacket for a reason.. my girlfriend was happy that I just returned safely from my 2nd tour as a Combat
Marine in Afghanistan .. She had just bought me that Kimber
Custom Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol for my birthday, and we had picked up a shoulder holster for it that very evening. Obviously you agree that it is a very intimidating weapon when pointed at your head ... isn't it?!
I know it probably wasn't fun walking back to wherever you'd come from with crap in your pants. I'm sure it
was even worse walking bare-footed since I made you leave your shoes, cell phone, and wallet with me. (That prevented you from calling or running to your buddies to come help mug us again).
After I called your mother or "Momma" as you had her listed in your cell, I explained the entire episode of
what you'd done. Then I went and filled up my gas tank as well as those of four other people in the gas station, -- on your credit card. The guy with the big motor home took 153 gallons and was extremely grateful!
I gave your shoes to a homeless guy outside Vinnie Van Go Go's, along with all the cash in your wallet. [That
made his day!]
I then threw your wallet into the big pink "pimp mobile" that was parked at the curb ..... after I broke the
windshield and side window and keyed the entire driver's side of the car.
Earlier, I managed to get in two threatening phone calls to the DA's office and one to the FBI, while mentioning
President Obama as my possible target.
The FBI guy seemed really intense and we had a nice long chat (I guess while he traced your number etc.).
;In a way, perhaps I should apologize for not killing you ... but I feel this type of retribution
is a far more appropriate punishment for your threatened crime. I wish you well as you try to sort through some of these rather immediate pressing issues, and can only hope that you have the opportunity to reflect upon, and perhaps reconsider, the career path
you've chosen to pursue in life.. Remember, next time you might not be so lucky. Have a good day!
Thoughtfully yours, Semper fi,



How does this even get past the planning phase?

 Very Classy! And, only three steps when you’re in a hurry!


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