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24

May 2017

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Strawberry Pie

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Strawberry Picking Swanton Berry Farm | Deco Tartelette
‘Tis the season for strawberry picking which means it’s also time for making homemade jams and pies! My absolute favorite! We went strawberry picking Mother’s Day weekend and I came home and immediately made a scrumptious pie.
It’s all about the strawberries in this dessert…I barely added any sugar to the recipe to give the strawberries a chance to shine…and of course, they came through. Enjoy on it’s own or if you must, add a scoop of ice cream.

Strawberry Picking in Santa Cruz | Deco Tartelette
Strawberry Pie
Ingredients:
6 cups organic strawberries, cut in half
2 tablespoons organic sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch
Juice from 1/2 organic lemon (about 1-2 tablespoons)
Pie crust (recipe below)
Egg wash (1 organic egg mixed with a splash of cream)

Strawberry Pie | Deco Tartelette
Directions:
Make pie crust (recipe below).
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place berries, sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch in a large bowl. Gently mix and set aside. Butter a 9” ceramic pie dish and press one dough round in pie dish. Cut the second round of dough into strips (about 1” width) for the lattice top. Pour in berry mixture and place lattice on top, decorating as you wish. Crimp edges. Brush exposed dough with egg wash. Place dish on baking sheet and bake for about 60 minutes. Keep an eye on the pie as you will want to cover with a pie guard or foil tent if the crust browns quickly. Allow pie to cool for at least 30-45 minutes before serving.
Rose Salted Pie Crust: Makes enough for one pie using a 9″ ceramic dish
Ingredients:
2 3/4 cup organic all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon rose salt
1 cup of cold-cold-cold butter cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup ice cold water

Strawberry Pie | Deco Tartelette
Directions:
Mix the flour and salt in a food processor, pulsing a few times. Add the cubes of butter. Mix for another 10 seconds. Add the cold water in a slow stream until small beads of dough begin to form. Place the dough on a work surface sprinkled with flour and form into two disks. Handle the dough as little as possible…this results in a super flaky dough. Roll out both disks to about 10”. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap. Keep in the fridge until ready to use…

Photography + Recipe by Cassie Winslow

Saturday

20

May 2017

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:: MILAN ::

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Duamo in Milan | Deco Tartelette
We spent 24 hours in Milan on the last day of our European adventure and it was lovely to say the least.

We arrived in Milan after spending a few days in Cinque Terre. What we found was a vast, labyrinthine city of contrasts where even the most mundane detail has a touch of Italian elegance. Leaving Liguria by train, we watched the countryside shift from coastal hills to rolling wheat and rice fields. Eventually arriving in a rail yard the scale of which reminded us of Los Angeles. We were in the big city.

The first thing we noticed when departing the train was that the streets and shops were full of people on their way, busily taking care of business, but looking implausibly chic and sophisticated while doing it.

PIzza in Milano | Deco Tartelette
We filled our day with pizza, coffee, more pizza, then more coffee, and of course, lots of walking and exploring…

The pizza in Milan was soooooo delicious. We had pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Best Pizza in Milan | Deco Tartelette
One of our favorite spots was Il Forno. Their pizza was absolutely divine and we will always compare all pizzas with their pizza. It was that good.

Bar Luce Milano | Deco Tartelette
Another must-stop on our list was Bar Luce at Fondazione Prada.

Bar Luce Milan | Deco Tartelette
Designed by Wes Anderson, this charming little bar had decadent treats, cocktails, and delicious coffee. Every detail was perfect from the floors to the wallpaper to the uniforms…even the sugar packets were chic.

Bar Luce Milano | Deco Tartelette

Bar Luce Milan | Deco Tartelette
The Milanese are friendly and helpful to the traveler in need. Exhausted from our efforts at speaking French during the previous week’s travels, we found that the people of Milan were very patient when we labored to communicate in our broken Italian.

Pasticceria Marchesi Milan | Deco Tartelette
We stopped at Pasticceria Marchesi in the afternoon for a little treat…it was classic and GORGEOUS! It opened in 1824 and is known for its chocolates. We left with a bag full of course…

Navigli Milan Canals | Deco Tartelette
The Navigli district was recommended by our Airbnb host and we also had it on our list of sights to see so we made sure to journey over to check it out. The restaurant-lined canals were a great way to explore the area. We stopped at a cafe and ordered shakeratos (espresso + milk shaken with ice in a cocktail shaker…super yummy!) and sat outside people watching. It was such a beautiful area…we wish we had had more time to explore but there was so much to see in only 24 hours…

Milano Pizza | Deco Tartelette
Marghe also had incredible pizza. We went there for dinner and ordered the Kalamata Olive + Stewed Tomato as well as the Mint + Zucchini Flower + Fresh Mozzarella Pizza. Both were excellent!

Our Airbnb was right down the street so it was also super convenient. The night energy in Milan is so much fun. Everyone is so kind and friendly. We noticed most restaurants don’t open for dinner until after 7:30pm so planned accordingly. Also, lots of restaurants and cafes are closed in the afternoon…

Colors of Milan | Deco Tartelette
Milan is at once modern and ancient. Clean lines and right angles, smooth surfaces and primary colors blend with the soft hues of worn stone and the drama of gothic sculpture. Even in it’s most modern buildings one can find evidence of the Italian enthusiasm for adornment. Strolling the streets during the siesta we were struck by how tranquil this big city could be.

Duamo in Milan | Deco Tartelette
The Duamo was one of the most incredible sights not only in Milan yet from our entire trip. Yes, it was super touristy but definitely worth a peek. There were also lots of shops around and one must shop a little while in Milan, yes?

Duamo Milan | Deco Tartelette
To see more of our European adventures, check out our posts on London {Part 1} {Part 2}, Paris {Part 1} {Part 2}, Menton, and Riomaggiore

Shop: {Look 1} Dress: Claudie Pierlot from last season…similar here, here and here, Oxfords: Everlane, Shoulder Bag: J.Crew c/o, Sunglasses: Karen Walker {Look 2} Sneakers: Converse, Trousers: Splendid

Photography by Cassie Winslow + Nicholas Winslow

Tuesday

16

May 2017

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Fennel + Strawberry Salad

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Fennel + Strawberry Salad | Deco Tartelette
Sweet strawberries, fragrant fennel, and bright arugula together create the ultimate salad. Tossed with blue cheese, edible flowers, and a spritz of lemon, it’s the perfect addition to a weekend dinner. For a light lunch, serve this salad with a slice of toasted homemade rosemary sourdough bread with a pat of butter.

Fennel + Strawberry Salad | Deco Tartelette
Fennel + Strawberry Salad
Ingredients:
Serves 2
1/2 pint of fresh, organic strawberries, sliced
1 small bulb of organic fennel, sliced
2 tablespoons blue cheese, freshly crumbled
2 cups organic arugula
Juice from 1/2 organic lemon
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt + Pepper
Edible, organic nasturtium flower petals

Directions:
Place arugula, sliced strawberries, and fennel in a large bowl. Add crumbled blue cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and a spritz of lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss gently. Add organic nasturtium petals if using…you can also garnish with fennel fronds.

Shop: Handmade Marbled Ceramic Plates by Jodi Siegal Ceramics
Recipe + Photography by Cassie Winslow

Sunday

14

May 2017

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Easier Than it Looks: Blackberry + Lilac Dutch Baby Pancakes for Darling Magazine

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Blackberry Lilac Dutch Baby Pancakes | Deco Tartelette
This has to be one of the easiest breakfast dishes to make…you simply place all of the ingredients in the blender, pour into mini cast iron skillets, and bake. The result is so delicious! Dutch baby pancakes have a custard-like texture with crispy edges…they puff up all nice and pretty and look so fancy!

Blackberry Lilac Dutch Baby Pancakes
Serves 2 (easily double the recipe to serve 4)
Ingredients:
1/2 cup organic whole milk
2 large organic eggs
2 tablespoons lilac sugar (recipe below)
1/2 cup organic all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
Tablespoon of unsalted butter
2/3 cup organic blackberries
Powdered sugar for sprinkling

Directions:
Place milk, eggs, lilac sugar, flour, and salt in a blender. Blend. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter in two separate 6 1/2 inch cast iron skillets. Once melted, divide batter between the two skillets. Add a handful of blackberries to each. Place in the oven and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until the center is set and the edges are golden brown. Serve immediately. Garnish with fresh blackberries and sprinkle with powdered sugar. I also tossed a few berries in some homemade jam, added a splash of water and placed in a small skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes to make a lovely berry sauce to drizzle on top! Super yummy!

Blackberry Lilac Dutch Baby Pancakes | Deco Tartelette
Lilac Sugar
Ingredients:
1 cup organic sugar
2 tablespoons fresh, organic lilac petals

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix. Voila! Lilac Sugar. Also delicious sprinkled on cantaloupe or in these delicious Lilac Sugar Greyhounds. Enjoy!

Hop on over to Darling Magazine to see the full article!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Photography + Recipe by Cassie Winslow
Shop: Mini Cast Iron Skillets, Striped Kitchen Towel, Marble Pastry Board

Tuesday

9

May 2017

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Happenings…

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National Stripes Day J. Crew | Deco Tartelette
A fun shoot we did for National Stripes Day for J.Crew…Rufus had a blast!

Revival Ice Cream in Old Monterey | Deco Tartelette
Finally had a chance to try Revival Ice Cream in Old Monterey…delicious chocolate ice cream and the BEST handmade waffle cone I’ve ever had!

Succulent Wall | Deco Tartelette
So inspired by this gorgeous succulent wall at our favorite local nursery

Farmers' Market Strawberries San Francisco | Deco Tartelette
It’s strawberry time! Can’t wait to go strawberry picking! In the meantime, we are picking up pint after pint at the farmers’ market. Looking for some delicious strawberry recipes? We have all sorts of goodies! Check them out here

Hatch Bowie Dress | Deco Tartelette
Thoroughly enjoying the superbloom in California…

Superbloom Roses California | Deco Tartelette
Roses galore!!

Manresa Bread Pastries | Deco Tartelette
A plethora of baked goods at Manresa Bread in Los Gatos…a must stop if you are in the area. Be sure to also grab a loaf of their incredible bread…

Pink Peonies Bouquet | Deco Tartelette
Flowers on flowers…peonies and ranunculus will always be my favorite (and garden roses too!). We finally have some growing in the garden!

Shop: {Look 1} J.Crew Striped Tee, Jeans (non-maternity here), Striped Umbrella {Look 2} Dress: Hatch, Hat: Free People
Photography by Cassie Winslow + Nicholas Winslow

Friday

5

May 2017

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Cherry Margaritas

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Cherry Margaritas | Deco Tartelette
Cherry Margaritas!!! I’m so happy that cherry season is upon us! These cocktails are like a grown up version of a Shirley Temple…they are super yummy. I had to share the recipe just in time for Cinco de Mayo.
Cheers and enjoy!

Cherry Margaritas
For 2 cocktails
Ingredients:
1/4 cup fresh organic cherries, pitted and muddled
2 organic limes, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 organic lemon, juiced
3 tablespoons organic maple syrup
4 ounces tequila
1 ounce triple sec
Handful of ice
Salt to rim each glass
Fresh cherries for garnish

Cherry Margaritas | Deco Tartelette
Directions:
Place muddled cherries, lime juice, lemon juice, maple syrup, tequila, triple sec, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour into 2 tumblers of your choice rimmed with salt and filled with ice. Garnish with fresh cherries.

Photography + Recipe by Cassie Winslow

Wednesday

26

April 2017

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Spring Tartines

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Spring Tartines | Deco Tartelette
Every season I love gathering the freshest, prettiest ingredients and making a variety of fancy toasts (aka tartines). For spring, what’s lovelier than incorporating colorful, edible flowers? Here are three of my favorite flavor combinations this season:

~ Chive Butter + Radish + Maldon Salt + Chive Flowers
~ English Pea Flowers + Mascarpone + Spring Peas
~ Strawberry Rhubarb Jam + Fresh Strawberries + Honey

Spring Tartines | Deco Tartelette

Directions: Lightly toast and butter a few slices of freshly baked bread (you can also pick up a loaf at a local bakery if you prefer). I made my homemade sourdough bread which was the perfect foundation for all three tartines. Add toppings as you fancy (for details on how I layered each tartine, see below…

~ Chive Butter + Radish + Maldon Salt + Chive Flowers: First, make the chive butter. For each tablespoon of butter, you will need 1 teaspoon chives. Place unsalted butter at room temperature in a small bowl. Add chives (finely chopped) and mix with a fork. Spread on a slice of lightly toasted bread. Layer sliced radish and sprinkle with salt and organic, edible chive flowers.

~ English Pea Flowers + Mascarpone + Spring Peas: Spread about 1 tablespoon of mascarpone atop a slice of lightly toasted bread. Sprinkle with spring peas and fresh, organic, edible English pea flowers. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

~ Strawberry Rhubarb Jam + Fresh Strawberries + Honey: First, make the Strawberry Rhubarb Jam (you can find the recipe here). Allow to cool. Spread atop a lightly toasted slice of bread. Layer fresh strawberries, sliced thinly and drizzle with honey.

Pink Peonies | Deco Tartelette

Shop: Suite One Studio Canape Plates, Lou Rota Nature Table Dessert Plate
Recipe + Photography by Cassie Winslow

Tuesday

18

April 2017

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Rhubarb Galettes

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Rhubarb Galettes | Deco Tartelette
It’s time for a rhubarb party! If you are feeling ambitious, serve these galettes for brunch with Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Whiskey Sours and Strawberry Rhubarb + Rose Scones…either way you are in for a treat!

Rhubarb Galettes
Ingredients:
4 large rhubarb stalks, halved and cut into three inch slices
6 tablespoons organic sugar
1 tablespoon organic all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Rose Salted Pie Crust (recipe below)
1 organic egg for egg wash

Directions:
Place sugar, flour, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and salt into a medium sized bowl. Mix. Toss rhubarb in the mixture until completely coated. Set aside.
Roll out dough into 4, 8-9 inch squares. Place rhubarb in the center and double fold each side of dough towards the rhubarb. Cover rhubarb with dough just slightly. Brush each galette with egg wash and sprinkle with rose salt. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving…enjoy!

Rhubarb Galettes | Deco Tartelette
Rose Salted Pie Crust
Makes 4 small galettes
Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons organic all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon rose salt
1/2 cup of cold-cold-cold butter cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/4 cup ice cold water

Directions:
Mix the flour and salt in a food processor, pulsing a few times. Add the cubes of butter. Mix for another 10 seconds. Add the cold water in a slow stream until small beads of dough begin to form. Place the dough on a work surface sprinkled with flour and form into a small rectangle. Handle the dough as little as possible…this results in a super flaky dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap. Keep in the fridge until ready to use…

Rhubarb Galettes with Rose Salted Pie Crust | Deco Tartelette

Recipe + Photography by Cassie Winslow