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July 15 - 21, 2007: Peach and Frangipane Tart

               Erie Orchard Peaches

I've been making peach tarts with frangipane - aka almond cream - using my Tartine cookbook and Erie Orchard peaches.  Tartine is a bakery in San Francisco where they are not afraid of butter. It has homemade pastries that can make you cry, including bread pudding, gougéres, and all manner of cookies with chocolate, cakes with meringue and fabulous desserts with beautiful fruit. Do not fail to go there next time you are in SF.  …

July 8-14, 2007: Gazpacho Nights

This week the temperature has gotten up to 95º several days in a row. The question of the day is - how to eat all the fantastic foods that are becoming available while avoiding heating the kitchen up.  This week at the Farmer's Market I saw the first basil, first tomatoes, the first Michigan corn, the first peaches, and blueberries.  The corn was a bit puzzling to me since in my mind corn doesn't come until August. …

July 1-7, 2007: Le Temps de Cerise

               Bing Cherry Clafouti

The treat of July is cherries. Purple black sweet cherries and luminescent red sour cherries. I have found that the freshest and most delicious cherries are also the firmest cherries, so be sure to pinch your cherry's cheeks.  My fantastic local find in cherries was a guy who had gotten a booth at the Farmer's Market, for one week only, to sell the cherries growing on his 2 trees on Pauline Street. …

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