Notes from the Lake

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Amazing Italian Jam Tart
After learning about the butter-sugar-flour-egg ratios for the classic Italian Crostata from Italian cooking teacher Judy Witts Francini, we made one with fig jam.  The Crostata, I learned during the class, can be filled with just about anything and a good jam is the easiest filling.   After one bite, I translated “crostata” to Amazing Italian Jam Tart.  This is one of those treasured recipes where the sum is greater than it’s parts!  The recipe’s list…

St. Patrick’s Day at LASR

17th March 2014

We joined Sous Chef David Brister for Irish delicacies Kale and Potato Soup and Beer Braised Cabbage. Enjoy the recipes below.

KALE AND POTATO SOUP

Ingredients:
• 2 tsp olive oil
• 1 medium onion, finely chopped
• 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
• 1 cup small diced carrots
• 1 pound yellow or white potatoes, peeled and small diced
• 4 cups chicken stock
• 2 cups vegetable stock
• 1/2 tsp fresh sage
• 1/2 tsp fresh thyme
• 3 cups chopped kale

Directions:

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Below are some helpful hints to keep your heart healthy, just in time for Valentine's Day!

If you’re buying chocolate for your loved ones, choose dark! 
Dark chocolate that is at least 65% cocoa contains enough flavonoids to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol while improving blood flow to the heart to reduce blood clotting that could lead to a heart attack or stroke.  Just remember that about an ounce a day is sufficient.

Learn your blood pressure numbers
High blood pressure is…