Saturday, December 14, 2013

Rainbow of Peppers

© Ellen Blonder
Before a predicted frost, the generous owners of Draper Farms in San Anselmo, California, allowed members to harvest what was left of the peppers and tomatoes. We brought home a rainbow. I wanted to remember the peppers with a colored pencil sketch.

The farm is a labor of love, well worth joining if you're in the area. It's a joy to gather vegetables from their beautifully-tended rows, then traipsing home with the bounty.

Friday, December 13, 2013


Foodie break. I made this beet tart the other night, from an excellent blog, Keepin' It Kind, and I just had to share it. The tart crust is phyllo dough, and under the balsamic-drenched roasted beets is a layer of pureed cashew "cheese" with rosemary and lemon. The resulting tart has a shatter-crisp crust, and just enough richness from the cashews to offset the sweet-tart beets. Yum! I'll be making this again.