Tarte Soleil

Nov. 1, 2022, noon

Serve this show-stopping appetizer at your next dinner party or take it to your next party and you will be the star! It looks really hard to make, but it is so simple. It can be made ahead! Assemble it but don't bake it, refrigerate it, loosely covered, overnight. Toss it in the oven straight from the fridge right before your guests arrive, and they’ll be greeted with the welcoming scent of butter, garlic, and cheese.

from The Kitchn
serves 6-8

1 (1.25-pound) box frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed but still cold
2 ounces fresh goat cheese (about 1/4 cup packed), at room temperature
3 tablespoons basil pesto
1 large egg yolk
flour for dusting

Thaw the puff pastry according to package directions, and let 2 ounces goat cheese sit out until room temperature. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F.
Place the g...


Sheet Pan Dinners 2.0

Oct. 25, 2022, noon

This is always a popular lesson because everyone likes an easy dinner. Something delicious, but easy to put together and easy to clean up. Put these together during nap time and stick them in the oven before dinner. Easy! Enjoy!

Amanda Cooks & Styles
Serves 4

1 12 oz. Kielbasa sausage, cut into 1" chunks
1 lb. chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1" chunks
3 Russet potatoes, cut into 1" chunks
3 carrots, cut into 1" chunks
1 onion, cut into 1" chunks
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon parsley

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Add all of the ingredients to a very large mixing bowl and toss to combine.
Pour onto sheet pan and...


Holiday Espresso Coffee Drinks

Oct. 18, 2022, noon

Y'all probably know a lot more about coffee drinks than I do, but I bet you go to Starbucks or other coffee shop to get them and pay as much as you would for a dozen pasture-raised eggs.
Today, we are going to make some copycat recipes that you can learn to make at home and save time and money (and you can spend the money on those eggs!).
First, a definition of terms of some of the most popular drinks:

Made in an espresso machine using high pressure, espresso is a concentrated coffee drink. It’s the base of popular coffee drinks like lattes and cappuccinos. Espresso can be made using any kind of coffee bean from light to dark roast.
Espresso: 1-2 shots
Milk: none

Americano is a simple drink made from espresso and hot water so it’s like brewed black coffee but with richer flavor.
Espresso: 1-2 shots



Oct. 11, 2022, noon

Much of this information was taken from jessicagavin.com.
Salt is the most essential and versatile product to have in your pantry.
No matter where the variety of salt is sourced from, it is made of sodium chloride and shaped like a cube in crystal form.
Among the different types of salt, measuring the same amount of volume does not always give the same salt content. For example, you would need twice the amount of kosher salt to have the same sodium level as table salt. Also, the salt content can vary between brands. The best thing to do is start off with less when you’re seasoning, then build up until you reach the desired level.


This is the “if it rains, it pours” salt which means it includes anti-caking agents to make it easy to pour. Iodized means iodine has been added, a catch-all to prevent iodine deficiency, however, it imparts a slightly chemical flavor.
Taste: A clean salt taste th...