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Meh. I hate to say it, but meh. I really wanted to love this. But I have a cranberry tart recipe that is way better and I should have made that for Thanksgiving instead of experimenting. I also forgot my camera so I don’t have too many photos either. If I were to make this again, I would definitely add more cranberries than I did, this tart needs more tartness (I love that sentence). I also would not blind bake the crust for as long as I did – I think 20 minutes, perhaps even 15 depending on the oven, should do it, since the tart is baked for quite a while with the filling. As a result of the long baking time, the crust was pretty dry and very brown (and it shrunk a ton). I am going to experiment with this one a bit though – it isn’t bad, it just needs a little something. Any ideas?

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This recipe has been everywhere recently! It is from the new Thomas Keller cookbook and every review of the book mentions it. When he was on Martha, he made it. I love that suddenly leeks seem to be very popular – next to squash, they are my new favorite ingredient!

This, as to be expected, is a little complicated. I actually toasted the brioche bread cubes (more like over toasted them). I highly recommend buying already made ones, as it would greatly simplify things. The flavor of the pudding is initially a bit disappointing (it is delicious – this is a Thomas Keller recipe- but after the time involved, I had unrealistic expectations), but it just gets better and better as the flavors really meld together. After two days in the fridge, the leeks taste even more leek-y if that is possible. In short, a great leftovers recipe!

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So all of my recipes on here so far have been recipes that I love and are tried and true classics or are new recipes that I am in love with. This one though I was not in love with. The pears are good, but they are not great. But it has a really high rating on epicurious, so who knows, maybe it is me.

If I make this again, I would definitely double, even triple the recipe. It is a lot of work for just two servings. I didn’t read the recipe carefully before I started, so I only marinated the pears for 2 hours or so. I also don’t think I boiled the syrup down enough, it wasn’t very syrupy. (Maybe that is why I didn’t love the recipe – I didn’t quite follow the directions!) The alcohol in the mascarpone was pretty strong – I loved it, but you could substitute vanilla for the extra kick without the boozy taste.

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Rosemary Acorn Squash

Man, I’ve been on a squash tear these days. Which is so weird because I never used to eat squash ever. I bought acorn squash accidentally, I had a recipe in mind and thought it called for acorn squash. What I really needed was spaghetti squash, so more squash coming soon! Also, more alliteration. Anyway, this was a totally awesome recipe. The rosemary is a great balance to the brown sugar and the whole thing tastes like a wonderful combination of sweet, yet savory. And did I mention how easy this is? The hardest part is cutting up the squash.

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Wow! To say this was good does not do justice to how awesome this tastes. I could not have been wrong in my suspicion of squash. You must make this. That is all.

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Herb Leek Tart

It has taken me awhile but I finally found a rectangular tart pan so I could finally make this recipe that I’ve had saved for months. This is essentially a sophisticated quiche and its is perfect for a light lunch or as a side with dinner. The recipe though, like any Martha recipe, is a little time consuming since you make a crust as well, but it was totally worth it.

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Mustard Roasted Fish

I love the Barefoot Contessa. I don’t think I’ve ever watched an episode and not wanted to make at least one of her recipes. Everything she makes seems so light and fresh. Also, can we talk about her house in East Hampton? Insane. This is a fish recipe of hers and like all of her food, it is delicious, not super complicated and looks (and tastes) very impressive.

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