The sweet team at Cup of Jo asked me to guest blog during their month of easy-peasy appetizer features, and when I thought about fantastic-tasting treats to whet the appetite, puff pastry inevitably entered my brain. Especially because the results are SO good without a huge amount of effort (unless you made that puff pastry yourself…next week).
This version is seasoned with cayenne and nutmeg and finely shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. YUM. I made a quick harissa mayonnaise for dipping, but these cheese straws are just as good all by themselves. Full recipe and more drool-worthy images, here.
As detailed in this story's title, there's also a giveaway going on. Please scroll down for more news on that….
You may or may not know that I just returned from a breath-taking trip through Norway. And, a way-too-brief stop-off in Amsterdam. Seriously, you cannot imagine the intense beauty of the landscapes in Norway until you have seen them for yourself. Now I can knowledgeably mark the must return to points when I have more time to get lost and explore, as well as offer solid recommendations should you find yourself going that way!
I've been quite busy since the return. Sorting the gajillion images will take time, but here is a first glimpse -
|this quiet, mesmerizing abode, on the coast in Aurland|
|first night's stay during my solo tour, in Voss|
|hairpin turns along a fjord hike in Aurland|
|rainy day means a gorgeous still life at the Oslo bric-a-brac market|
|beautiful spent fern stems|
|I fell in love with the austere wildness of Finse. At 1222 meters above sea level, it's the highest elevation in all of Norway|
|from a train window, passing through Finse|
|later in the trip...see that little red cottage off to the left? that's the same as the above from the train window|
|long blown grasses, wet with raindrops|
|wild tundra blueberries, juicy and sweet|
|a kind of chanterelles, chosen by Ilse at the market for that night's dinner|
And now for the giveaway. Which is actually THREE giveaways, so everyone has a greater likelihood of winning something! :D
The folks at GIR gifted me a variety of their just-released and not-yet-released (!) kitchen tools, and I am pairing them with a few latest yummy books sent my way. The ladle and handy spatula speak for themselves, but the geometric-patterned lid in the center is new and super cool. It makes cellophane or other means to seal a bowl or other container unnecessary, creating its own vacuum to preserve and store food. And comes in all kinds of cool sizes. I'm using a few right now and I'm liking the results.
Mason Jar Salads is great for anyone on the go who doesn't feel like compromising on real food's flavor and nutrients. Great tips, attractive and delicious mixes to add to your repertoire, there's a lot to love here.
100 Days of Real Food brings kids to the proverbial table, sharing whole food recipes which score points with both kids and adults alike. Lisa also guides readers on how to source real foods - for seasonality, too - at your local grocery.
Camille Styles is hot off the presses - today is the launch, in fact! In her self-titled book, find inspiration page-after-page, with beautiful photography of food, home, garden, and more.
Which set speaks to you?
In order to win, please follow me on Instagram if you're not already, and leave a comment below telling me 1. What foods from my blog inspire you most (whether you've made them or not isn't as important, but I would love to know that too!) and, 2. Which set here you'd like, should you win! If you tag me in comments on Twitter or share on Facebook, your name will be added again for each extra mention. Thanks!
To be eligible, you must live in the US and add your comments by 11:59 EST, Monday November 17th.
I cannot wait to send these goodies to new homes!
It is wonderful having you join me along the adventure. Stay tuned - my newest story with Anthology arrives Friday, and a there's a bunch of work in print to share. And Norway. More divine and wild Norway….. xo