So many mushrooms in this dish. It was earthy. Rich. Filling. Delicious.


Hazan uses dried porchini mushrooms as well as fresh crimini to make this tasty pasta. Throw in some fresh tomatoes, onion, and parsley and you have the perfect meal.

The recipe is on page 90 of Hazan’s 30 Minute Pastas.

Check with Kayte, Peggy, Chaya, and Glennis and see if they made a pasta this week.

It is Fall, well, one day from, and the fall apples are coming into the stores. If we had an orchard near by I would be there every day to pick some fresh, but alack and alas we are way too far south for that. This is the time of the year when SOME of the apples are really good – Jazz, Fuji, Braeburn – so it was easy to find some good Fuji apples for Dorie’s Apple Kuchen…


…which is this weeks ‘assignment’ for Baking Chez Moi/Tuesday’s with Dorie. Since the Man’s birthday is this week and I always make Dorie’s “Bill’s Big Carrot Cake” from Baking From My Home to Yours {the BEST carrot cake recipe EVAH!!} for the occasion I only made 1/2 of this apple dessert in a 6″ springform pan.

The crust is sweet, the custard is creamy, the apples are softly crisp. Just a yummy dessert!!

The only change I made was to sub in some dried cranberries soaked in the rum rather than the raisins.


The rest of the Kuchens are on the BCM webpage so come on by. The recipe is on page 16 of Dorie’s Baking Chez Moi

Somehow the whole month of August just slipped by me along with two desserts for Baking Chez Moi. THAT is not happening this month. Last month I missed Cherry Crumb Tart and Bubble Eclairs. Both would have been fun to make. Ah well, REWIND week is only 3 weeks away!

But this week I did make these delightfully crisp and sweet sandwich cookies.


When the recipe name said sandwich cookie I was thinking two separate cookies held together with jam. NOT!! What we have are two cookies baked with jam in the middle. MUCH BETTER!! And the cookie – best sugar cookie ever!!

I filled mine with White Chocolate Strawberry Jam. Perfect!

Want more cookies – Baking Chez Moi. How many different jams will there be?

The recipe is on page 275 of Dorie’s Baking Chez Moi

FIRST I want to thank Peggy for her pick this week. I needed a quick and tasty dessert and this one was just perfect. SECOND – thanks to Donna Hay for the quick sweet treat. SHE is the reason I keep puff pastry in the freezer. It is good for just about anything from desserts to pot pies to savory tidbits.

This is pear season and ours are just beginning to ripen. I picked one, just one, and it was plenty for three galettes.


I made mine with apple.


This is super simple to make. Cut your puff pastry into squares. Sprinkle on some ground almonds. Layer some thin pear slices. Brush the whole thing with melted butter and then just bake at 350 until the pastry turns golden brown. No measurements. Put as much or as little of the pears and almonds as you like. This dessert is all about YOU!!

The ‘recipe’, if you want to call it that, is on page 160 of Donna’s off the shelf. I bet the other members of Wednesdays with Donna Hay liked this one, too.

This is one of those desserts I have been wanting to make but just haven’t. No reason. I see recipes all the time but just never have followed through. Imagine how excited I was to see if on the August list for Baking Chez Moi/Tuesdays with Dorie. FINALLY!!!


This one, and there are a couple of more, is made with mango as the base. And it is lovely when it is all put together. Full of the sweet/tart taste of the mango puree on the bottom and the sweet vanilla panna cotta on top.


I can see this with lots of other variations – blueberry, strawberry, lemon.

The recipe is on page 270 of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi. We don’t print the recipes but if you buy her book you can join in the baking!

And check with the other Doristas for their Panna Cottas. I am sure there will be some lovely variations.

    There is just something about the texture of ricotta…

It is NOT a cheese I would pick to use for anything. But there are a lot of recipes out there that contain it and when it’s IN something it’s not bad. Like in these little puff pastry pies!


What you have here is puff pastry filled with a ricotta, Parmesean, dill, spinach mix. And it is wonderful!


Using puff pastry instead of Filo is genius. I love spanakopita but it is just takes so long to make with the Filo. I might make these more often just because of the Puff Pastry. Oh, and the flavor! Thanks, Donna!

You can click on over to the website and see if the other’s liked Chaya’s pick for this week.

What do you get when you mix together bell peppers, onions, spices and tomatoes? A rich savory sauce. What do you get when you crack an egg in the middle and let it cook to a nice runny yolk> SHAKSHUKA! Ellie says it’s the Middle Eastern version of ‘eggs in purgatory’. David Lebovitz says it has North African origins. It is spicy and can be quite hot if you use enough crushed red pepper. It will definitely wake you up if you eat if for breakfast. Which is what I did.


The spices include cumin, coriander, crushed red pepper and paprika whichcombine to provide a rich, flavorful dish. And as if that wasn’t enough – goat cheese {I used an herb-y one} is sprinkled on top.

This week’s pick was from Chaya and it was definitely a breakfast I could get used to.

What did the other’s think? Check out the Eating with Ellie Webpage and see.

The recipe is on page 277 of Ellie’s Weeknight Wonders. And if you would like to join us just cook, blog, and leave your link. We’d love to have you.

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