tartThis is the season when my every trip to the Fresh market ends up bringing home fresh beets with stems. I just love the sweet taste of the young beets and tartness of the stem. There are so many ways to use them in the kitchen and today I would like to share with you an idea for a tart. I used my previous recipe for the dough but I made a little bit more dough so that I could lay out the lattice and make it look pretty. If you don’t like ricotta, you can use goat cheese or feta cheese. It’s such a perfect dish for lunch or light dinner on a hot afternoon here in DC that the only thing that makes it better is a glass of cool white chardonnay. More »

I love this season when all the farmers markets start to pop out in weird corners or parking lots. It reminds me a little bit of Poland where fresh veggies markets are everywhere.  I love to wander around all those little stands, have a little chat with the owners and smell and pick all the fruit and vegetables before I buy them.  I always try to get something new or some ingredient that I haven’t cooked before, but not this time. I picked my old good friend, the beetroot :) Did I say that I really like beetroots before?

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I’ve seen some similar recipes when I was back in Poland so let it be a tribute to that. But this one is a little pimped out because that what salads are about! Have fun with it; don’t use iceberg lettuce all the time. Make your salad enjoyable.
This recipe involves a little planning ahead, but you know what, it’s worth it. The rest of it is pretty simple and fast so it’s perfect for a late dinner after a long day spent behind the desk. More »