Saturday, September 26, 2009

Cookbook Challenge: How to Eat Supper #6

Supper Tart of Red Onions, Greens and Grapes
The Splendid Table's Supper Tart of Red Onion, Greens and Grapes

Ahhh…it feels good to be cooking again. I've been excited since planning our week's meals on Wednesday about tackling three recipes from How To Eat Supper and finally getting back to the farmer's market today to gather supplies.

Sadly, the market today was a little lackluster. A major Route 66 festival is going on downtown (which made getting back to work after lunch on Friday a pain because of all the road closures combined with all the one way streets) and classic cars were lining the block that usually has the majority of all the market stands. You'd think vendors would be psyched for such an influx of foot traffic through the market, but I guess that's not the case.

We were able to grab a few squashes and a few bunches of herbs, as well as the requisite sugared doughnut and baguette, but that was about it. I walked away slightly disappointed that I wasn't able to find everything I needed for my three recipes, but after a trip to the grocery store perhaps escarole isn't available around here, at least at this time of year. I'll be substituting some mixed spring greens, which should be close enough. Actually I think they might even be recommended if escarole can't be obtained.

After our bike ride home, the weather quickly turned and we've been enjoying pretty consistent rain showers ever since. A nice cool, rainy day – perfect for needing to jack the oven up to 500 degrees, right?

This supper tart came to gather pretty quick and was slightly rich and very yummy. A nice change from pizza, though we haven't really eat pizza in the past few months (at least not a homemade pizza). I must say that hot grapes take some getting used to, it's not bad at all, just unexpected. In the future, I may try one of the variations listed and see if one of those might be a home run, instead of an extra base hit.

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