Tomato Galette with Basil Pesto and Feta

Tomato Galette with Pesto and Feta By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simply, flaky butter pie crust filled with ripe heirloom or Roma tomatoes, basil, pesto, and feta cheese. The whole thing is baked as a rustic galette style tart and is topped with parmesan cheese. This is a delicious way to use summer cherry tomatoes and a simple way to use pie crust. Find the recipe for this fun vegetable dinner or appetizer on thewoodandspoon.com

Summer is sending me all kinds of mixed signals. It's all frozen cocktails, ice cream cones, and beer-battered fish at one minute. The next minute I'm expected to don a bathing suit. Hop in my daisy dukes. Sport a tank top. Well guess what, Summer? I'm over it. You've tempted me with your cream cheese-laden dips and funnel cakes for too long. I'm fighting back with this here tomato galette.Yes, summer shares its bounty of fresh vegetables, ripe berries, and fragrant herbs, but honestly, I'm just not always vibing *salad*. Sometimes, I want to enjoy the summer harvest of noms with a subtle hint of decadence. On a scale of one to milkshakes, I'm not always on a full level 12, but I certainly don't want to sacrifice flavor and texture satisfaction if I don't have to. So instead, I look to treats like this tomato galette, a dish that celebrates the season's juicy ripe tomatoes and...

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YOU NEED TO KNOW: How to Brown Butter

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

Brown butter. A sexy ingredient, if you ask me.If you've been around the block a time or two, you've probably already become acquainted with brown butter. You know it by its nutty aroma and speckled amber hue. You've already been allured by the rich caramel flavors, seduced by the complexity it adds to sweet and savory dishes alike. But for the average home baker, brown butter is a mystery. What is it? Where can I find it? How do I make it?If you fall into that second category, allow me to make the introduction. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the magical world of brown butter.   WHAT IS IT? Brown butter, or beurre noisette, is basically regular old butter that is gently melted and cooked until it browns which results in a change of flavor, aroma, and color. Butter is made up of water, fat, and protein. When it is cooked beyond the point of melting, the...

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Lemon Mint Sorbet

Lemon Mint Sorbet Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a refreshing, frozen, lemon and mint sorbet made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, mint, and simple syrup. This ice cream is made in a ice cream maker and requires very little active prep time. Similar to a granita or frozen Italian ice, this treat is the perfect dessert to serve on a hot day! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. But if you live in Alabama, it's the middle of July, and you're one heat wave away from the surface of the sun, you scrap the lemonade and make lemon mint sorbet instead.Selma, Alabama summers are relentless. Temps nearing triple digits, 100% humidity, and zero chance of breeze ensure that you spend the majority of your days with bad hair and sweat stains in all of the wrong places. Days lengthened by sunlight feel even longer when you're cooped up indoors, saving yourself from the sweltering temperatures and relentless sun rays. Trust me, it's far from glamorous.Some days, I just want a reprieve. I find myself daydreaming of my days as a waitress, longing for just a few brief moments of alone time in the walk-in cooler. I think of our Alaskan vacation and how good it would feel to plant my naked rear-end...

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Cherry Lime Hand Pies

Cherry Lime Hand Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This mini hand pies are personal pop tart desserts filled with ripe summer black and red cherries and zesty lime. A great alternative to fried pies, these desserts are sweet, make ahead, and use a buttery, homemade pie crust that gets flaky and delicious. The recipe is simple but learn all about how to make hand pies and homemade pop-tarts here on thewoodandspoon.com

Everyone cue the candles and the birthday serenades. Today is my old man's birthday and we're celebrating with these cherry lime hand pies!I read something in a book recently that struck a chord. In "Cold Tangerines," the author, Shauna Niequist, talks about how we often think of our stories as being chiseled in stone- permanent and defined. Shauna suggests that instead, we ought to embrace the art of writing in pencil, living with a willingness to not plan our futures to death. Living in freedom because our story's uncertainty is one of the few things we get to be certain of. Growing up, I wasn't a serial dater or anything, but I certainly had my fair share of romances. In middle school, I had a boyfriend who I never actually spoke words to. We'd pass notes in Pre-Algebra and I'd clutch that sweaty piece of notebook paper in my hands until the gel ink bled...

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Funfetti Cookies

Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .

Some things you never grow out of. Things like cotton candy at Walt Disney World and flannel on Christmas morning or even treats like these funfetti cookies remind me that there's a childlike nostalgia in all of us that will never die. Some things are relevant forever.My best friend Jesse turned 30 yesterday. We met as self-conscious 6th graders back in the late 90's (cough, what?), and since then we've celebrated nearly 20 years of birthdays as BFFs. That length of time does something to a relationship. After a while, you start feeling less like a friend and more like a sister, or maybe a crazy aunt who is terribly overbearing but loyal enough to throw dirty looks at your frenemies and eggs at your ex-boyfriend's house. Our friendship has evolved over the years and it's rarely presented itself perfect or shiny like a new penny. But after 20 years, it's one that is worn in and fits snug in all of...

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Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust Dessert Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a simple, fast and easy recipe. Ripe, summer produce like blueberries and lemon are thick and juicy in this pie filling. The crust has cornmeal, flour, butter, and shortening, so it is flaky, golden and perfect every time pie crust. Serve on your summer holidays for a casual and rustic dessert. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. You can substitute other fruit too like strawberries, peaches, or stone fruit in this galette. Find the recipe and more summer recipe inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com .

Happy (almost) Fourth of July! If you're reading this from the States, I hope you're feeling more patriotic than Mel Gibson circa the Benjamin Martin days. I hope you're sporting your baddest jean shorts, your stars and stripes bikini top, or maybe a super slick handlebar mustache. Spit some watermelon seeds, fire up the grill, soak up all the sun and PBR that your body can tolerate. Just be sure that if you're looking for something red, white, or blue to make on this razzle dazzle of a day, you consider this blueberry galette with a cornmeal crust.Something about the Fourth inspires me to berry-filled desserts. The colors, the ripe and juicy fruits, and the illusion that you're choosing something "healthy" for bathing suit weather just makes me want to saddle up to every pie, turnover, and trifle that comes my way. Popsicles, ice cream cones, and cookie sandwiches are great, but on this most American of holidays,...

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Peach Crumb Muffins

Peach Crumb Muffins Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are moist, fluffy, vanilla butter muffins filled with chunks of fresh peaches. These muffins are tall and I'll give you my tips on how to get a domed muffin every time! They are topped with a sweet and salty brown sugar streusel crumble and a dripped vanilla glaze. Find the recipe for these summer treats - the perfect breakfast or brunch item- on the blog. Thewoodandspoon.com summer fruit, beach recipes, southern muffins

Sometimes I need an easy button. I need some magic dust, a genie in a lamp, or a fairy godmother to make life easier. There's not enough hours in the day to constantly complicate it with dead-end tasks and lengthy processes. Sometimes I need something quick, entirely satisfying, no-fail, and EASY. Introducing: peach crumb muffins.These peach crumb muffins are a cinch- a 2 step recipe, requiring less than 15 minutes of prep work that provides days worth of summery sweet goodness to enjoy. These peach crumb muffins are the answer to "What's for breakfast? What can I bring for the beach weekend? "What treat can I bake with my kids?" and just about every other question that is coming to my mind right now. They're simple and good. End of story.My goal with these peach crumb muffin was to make a soft, buttery, and moist muffin that was golden on the...

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