Jim and I received some cool wedding gifts from friends and family. One of the most creative kitchen tools we received was this Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin, found on Amazon.
3/8", 1/4" and 1/16" are the disk sizes included.
This was really helpful when I rolled out the pastry dough for Ina's tomato and goat cheese tart. Thanks Kate A. for the nifty gadget.
This is a delicious recipe! I've made it many different ways - with goat cheese, with pico, with parmesan - it's always good served on this puff pastry. Seriously, if there was one secret (or not so secret) ingredient I would say to always have on hand - it would be pepperidge farm frozen puff pastry. This stuff is extremely versatile and comes in handy when you are creating in the kitchen.
Find the recipe here on my blog: Goat Cheese and Onion Tart
On a whim, I decided to use up the spare puff pastry left over from cutting my circular tarts out of the dough. As much as I love puff pastry, why would I throw these pieces away?
This was a total experiment. I had little triangles left over so I stuffed them into a mini muffin tin and filled half with grated cheddar cheese and seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper. The other half I filled with a few chocolate chips and sprinkled with cinnamon.
I baked these until the puff pastry was cooked and voila, these turned out to be really good treats - all made with leftovers! The chocolate chips didn't melt the way I thought they would, but despite the way they held their shape they tasted GREAT. My favorite however was the savory cheddar cheese pastry puffs. These were small bites that packed a big punch right out of the oven. Waste not, want not. Use up what you have in the fridge by being a little creative.
One of my favorite quotes that I put on the "About HWM" page is this: "Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements.” -- French Chef, Restaurateur and Food Writer, Marcel Boulestin
I find that to be so liberating. Go forth and create something new every day!