Corn & Lobster Tart

What a lovely summer meal! After having sourdough baguette slices slathered with brie as an appetizer, we ate this flavorful tart and a green salad dressed with buttermilk-herb dressing for dinner. It could also be served as a special appetizer- perfect with a glass of rosé or white wine. We had fresh strawberry pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Eating pie for dinner and dessert was incredibly indulgent and fabulous… I would recommend it. 🙂

This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Florence Fabricant. I used a Trader Joe’s pie crust as a shortcut. I also substituted 2 lobster tails for a whole lobster and used a Vidalia onion and parsley in the filling. Delicious.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

  • pastry for a 9-inch tart
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1½ cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon or parsley
  • pinch cayenne
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 1 1/4-pound lobster boiled or steamed, shucked and diced (I used 2 lobster tails (1 pound total weight)
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees, preferably on convection.
  2. Roll out pastry between layers of plastic wrap or on a lightly floured surface. Fit into a 9-inch straight-sided tart pan or a pie pan.
  3. Prick bottom, line with parchment and foil and add pastry weights.
  4. Bake 10 minutes, until pastry starts to look dry. Remove foil and weights and bake 5 or so minutes more, until pastry is lightly colored. Remove from oven but leave oven on.
  5. While the crust is par-baking, cook the lobster meat. I cooked the lobster tails in boiling, salted water for 8 minutes. (1 minute per ounce- each tail was about 1/2 pound.) When cool enough to handle, cut off the shell and coarsely dice the meat.
  6. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add onion and cook on low until soft but not brown, about 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in corn, tarragon or parsley and cayenne.
  8. Stir in milk. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat.
  9. In a bowl, beat eggs and cream together and slowly stir into the pan.
  10. Add lobster. Stir in lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.
  11. Ladle mixture into prepared tart shell. Bake 10 minutes.
  12. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake about 20 minutes more, until top is firm to the touch and very lightly browned, and a knife inserted in the filling comes out clean.
  13. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

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Ina Garten’s Vegetable Coleslaw

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One of my good friends absolutely loves this recipe and I have had this coleslaw several times at her house. It is colorful, simple, and delicious. I served it with Slow-Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork on the Fourth of July this year; it was wonderful in the sandwich or on the side. 🙂 This recipe was adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, via foodnetwork.com.

  • 1 pound green cabbage (about 1/2 head)
  • 3/4 pound red cabbage (about 1/2 head)
  • 5 large carrots
  • 2 cups good mayonnaise (I used Trader Joe’s Organic)
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Fit a food processor with the thickest slicing blade. Cut the cabbages into small wedges and place horizontally into the feed tube. Process in batches.
  2. Next, fit the food processor with the grating blade. Cut the carrots in half and place in the feed tube so they are lying on their sides. Process in batches. Mix in a bowl with the sliced cabbages.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, vinegar, celery seeds, celery salt, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the grated vegetables to moisten them. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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Fourth of July Blueberry Pie

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Two of our Fourth of July guests said that this was the best pie they had ever eaten- made me feel absolutely wonderful! 🙂 This pie recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook. It is loaded with blueberries and has such a festive presentation. I was so happy to already have a small star cookie cutter from making sugar cookie princess wands! We indulged and ate the leftovers for breakfast the next morning. Perfect.

Yield: One 9-inch pie

For the Pie:

  • all-purpose flour, for dusting
  • pate brisee (recipe follows), or store-bought pie crust (Trader Joe’s crust is wonderful)
  • 8 cups (about 4 pints) fresh blueberries, picked over
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 T unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 T heavy cream
  1. On a lightly floured piece of parchment paper, roll out one disk of dough to a 12-inch round. (I cover the dough with plastic wrap.) With a dry pastry brush, sweep off excess flour; fit dough into a 9-inch glass or ceramic pie plate, pressing it into the edges. Trim dough to a 1/2-inch overhang all around. Fold edge of dough under, and crimp as desired.
  2. Roll out remaining dough in the same manner; transfer dough (on parchment) to a baking sheet.
  3. Chill pie shell and dough until firm, about 30 minutes.
  4. Place blueberries in a large bowl; with your hands, crush about 1/2 cup of the berries, letting them fall into the bowl as you work.
  5. Add the sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice; stir to combine.
  6. Spoon mixture into chilled pie shell, mounding berries slightly in the center. Dot with butter.
  7. Remove dough from the refrigerator. using a star cookie cutter (1 1/2 to 2 1/2-inches), cut out stars; set aside.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolk and cream. Lightly brush rim of chilled pie shell with egg wash.
  9. Arrange the reserved stars in a circular pattern on top of the fruit (with the tips touching), gently pressing over the berries, until covered.
  10. Brush the entire surface of rim and stars with eft wash, being careful not to let it pool.
  11. Freeze (or refrigerate) pie until firm, about 30 minutes.
  12. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees, with the rack in the lower third.
  13. Place pie on a parchment-lined baking sheet. I cover the outer edge with a silicone pie-crust shield to prevent over-browning. Bake until the crust begins to turn golden, about 20 minutes.
  14. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Continue baking, rotating sheet halfway through, until the crust is deep golden brown and the juices are bubbling and have thickened, 40 (on convection) to 50 minutes more.
  15. Transfer pie to a wire rack to cool completely. The pie is best eaten the day it is baked, but it can be kept at room temperature, loosely covered with plastic wrap, for up to 2 days.

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For the Pate Brisee:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup ice water, plus more if needed
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour and salt; pulse to combine. Add the butter, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some larger pieces remaining, about 10 seconds. (To mix by hand, combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, then cut in butter with a pastry blender.)
  2. With the machine running, add the ice water through the feed tube in a slow, steady stream, just until the dough holds together without being wet or sticky. Do not process more than 30 seconds. Test by squeezing a small amount of the dough together; if it is still too crumbly, add a bit more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  3. Turn out the dough onto a clean work surface. Divide in half, and place each half on a piece of plastic wrap. Shape into flattened disks. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.

Note: The dough can be frozen for up to 1 month; thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.

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