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November 13, 2011


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Mmm. Asian pear butter with ginger sounds marvelous, and I love the first image. Lonely halves, indeed.

I have a friend who sounds a bit like Gisele - she looks very delicate, but likes strong, vinegary foods. The resemblance ends there, however, because she has a definite sweet tooth. She'd make quick work of those tartlets!


due buonissime crostatine con un ripieno delizioso........ben apprezzate da come si vede nella foto, baciuzzzzzzzz


I love your roasted Asian pear frittata & tartlets. I especially love the tartlet with the hearts. Love it.

Simona Carini

Ciao Adele. I wish I could tell you that I will give you the recipe of the pear butter, but I didn't write down what I did. I used fresh ginger, grated and you want to taste to avoid overpowering the pear flavor. I used no other spice.

Ciao Marta. Ne ho fatte un altro paio e le ho impacchettate per il marito in viaggio aereo. Le formine non sono le mie e dopo questo esperimento me ne comprero' qualcina perche' sono proprio carine. Un abbraccio.

Ciao Paz. I make frittata often and like to try new takes on this classic. And I also like to vary the traditional lattice decoration on crostata: I am glad you like the little hearts.


Oh, Simone, your crostatas are so tempting! The apple and mango preserves and the Asian pear butter with ginger sounds great! The flavors must very interesting. The Asian pear is what I find interesting the most as I have never eaten it (not sold around here) and the heart decoration is lovely :)

Phil in the Kitchen

I enjoyed the Michael Gambon series of Maigret but I'm afraid that I'm old enough to remember an earlier tv series of Maigret from the 1960s starring Rupert Davies. I couldn't quite believe the Gambon character because Rupert Davies was (and still is) Maigret for me. Such is the power of things you see and read when you're around the age of 9 or 10. Anyway, I love the flavours you've used in those tartlets.

Simona Carini

Ciao Catalina. I hope Asian pears become available in your area. They have a particular texture and flavor and they are also pretty. But you can make pear butter with regular pears. Apple and pear butter is something I encountered years ago when visiting New England in the fall and I like to make them. I actually have a good quantity of apples gifted to me, so I will be making some soon.

Hi Phil. I read about the series you mentioned. During the same period, Gino Cervi was the Italian Maigret. I must look around for the DVDs now: you made me very curious to see the difference. I have seen many movies starring Gambon and really liked him. Most recently, we watched Longitude, where my other favorite, Jeremy Irons, also stars.

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