CSA goodies – week 2

This week I only got 1/2 CSA share because my neighbor and I are splitting it and she was back in town. Here are this week’s goodies:

Two of the above are the stars in a delicious recipe for a three cheese pizza with spinach and garlic scapes. Check it out over on Satisfied Cravings! :)

Russian Bites: Napoleon cake

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You know how after traveling for a while you really crave home? The ordinary things, like being able to sleep in your own bed and cook for yourself? By the end of our Eurotrip, I even missed bootcamp (so happy I love working out) and my business. With every city we left, I was sad to go yet ready to move on.

And now I miss those daily pastries, al fresco drinks in the middle of the day and long long walks. Guess what? I can still get away with doing all 3! Winking smile I really should sometime…

Russian napoleon cake

Last month I was asked for a Russian Napoleon cake recipe so I immediately emailed my mom and set up a date for us to make it. I’m good like that (also I really like cake). It’s actually originally a French dessert (Russian food has a lot of French influences) but the traditional Russian version seems to be a bit easier (although it has 4 layers vs 2) and has a bit of a different look. With using store-bought puff pastry dough, the whole thing comes together in a cinch and will be gobbled up even quicker! That’s a fact. Winking smile [See how the styled photos are only of a few tiny pieces? Yeah, that’s because that’s all that was left! Too good.]

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So what’s a Russian Napoleon cake? It’s pretty much 4 layers of puff pastry layered with custard cream (creme patissiere). Bake the puff pastry according to instructions on the package, make the custard cream (eggs, milk, sugar, flour, butter) and then layer the two. Easy!

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The last piece of puff pastry gets crumbled to create this fun topping:

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Let the whole thing stand in the fridge overnight so the puff pastry softens a bit from the custard and the layers really meld together. The result is a cool, creamy, buttery dessert that’s unbelievably addictive!

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I want a piece right now!!

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Printable recipe

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Do you ever miss home while on vacation? Ever had Napoleon cake? It’s gooooood; I hope you try it! Open-mouthed smile

CSA goodies – week 1

Hi guys! Remember my post about the Farm School CSA? The time has finally come and this week I picked up my first (ever!) CSA “box.” (I use quotations because I actually came with an empty bag and filled it with whatever I wanted myself. No boxes were involved in this process ;) )

How gorgeous is that?!! I’m blogging over at Satisfied Cravings (my very first post there!!) about what I did with this week’s loot so please stop by and say hello. Thank ya! :D

PS – I’m still missing a few ThinkThin giveaway winners so if you entered, please check this post again (first paragraph!) to see if you’re one of them… and if you are, email me! ;)

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