|Bacon and Date Tart: puff pastry with blue cheese, arugula and a balsamic reduction|
|Baby Fries, crispy-crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, served with a trio of dipping sauces.|
|Bowl of mussels in white wine broth - served with garlic toasts.|
|Caesar salad topped with grilled salmon chunks.|
|Hickory-smoked brisket sandwich, marinated cabbage, charred red onion and mustard on a poppy seed roll.|
Challenge #1: produce a puff pastry tart comparable to Cafe Bink's. Gulp! considering my limited experience (1) working with puff pastry and (2) creating flavored balsamic reductions, this is a challenge. Since I have balsamic vinegar in the pantry Step One will be creating a balsamic reduction... tomorrow.
March 4 Update: Oooh, the balsamic reduction was easy, and damned tasty right off the spoon. We love it drizzled on salads, flavoring grilled meat and even topping fresh fruit slices. Read about it here.
March 31 Update: The tart finally came together, and was as delicious as I remembered. This took a bit longer than promised, but that was just my puff-pastry avoidance issue. Check out the results here.