Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Tarts Have Sprung

Spring has definitely sprung and the Tarts got the fever for grillin' and chillin'.

So last Sunday we set the table...

...cracked open a bottle of Rosé (Preggers just had a sip) and kicked back. As we soaked up some sun, waiting for our pals to arrive, we realized we were forgetting something...


Crikey! We leapt into action and got started on our menu. First up...

Rosemary Tart Burgers

2 1/2 pounds ground turkey (makes 8 burgers)
1/2 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence

Mix well.

Make into patties...or beg a Hotcake to do it...

...and grill on high for 2 min. on each side, then grill on low, about 5 min. on each side. Remove and place on a toasted, quality whole wheat bun. Stack that patty with goat cheese, caramelized onions and arugula. Place sliced avocado on the top bun, then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.


*For the onions, we sliced and sautéed with a bit of butter and red wine until soft.

Next up...

Grilled Vegetables

Slice any assortment of fresh veggies: we used eggplant, bell peppers and zucchini. For eggplant: place in a colander, sprinkle with salt and let it sit in the sink to get some of the water out...

...then wipe off the excess salt with a paper towel. Brush all of your veggies with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and grill for about 7 min on each side.


Meyer Lemon Scented Farro and Asparagus Salad

...which will be brought to you later as we have no photos. Speaking of, WHERE WAS our photographer when we were making that dish? Interesting that Hamilton was missing too. I wonder what they were busy doing...

Oh, okay, yeah, fine. While we're slaving away! Great! (deep breath) Well, hey, they did do the actual grilling bit...guess we can cut them a little slack.

And if you're wondering about dessert, was so hardcore, it deserves a post of its own. Until then, we'll leave you with a little something sweet...

Here's to a kick-ass spring...

...may you grill and chill to your heart's content!

*The pretty blond lady on the right is eating a veggie burger. Don't want to misrepresent her:)


  1. The last photo is great. Happy people sitting around a happy and beautiful table...enjoying great food.

  2. that burger looks incredible, nice flair with the herbs de provence, I bet it was lovely. can't wait to see dessert!

  3. Oh i love spring! What a great Party and food!
    Are you French?
    I am from Paris but i live in the States. I am following you now, come follow me.:) And say hi!
    Gros bisous

  4. What an awesome party! Grilled vegetables are my favorite.

  5. Hey Frenchy, just saying hi!
    Thank for your visit! Yep, there is nothing like a new haircut. My daughter has curly hair so for here to have it straight was a treat! She wants me to iron it straight now. HAHA
    Have a great day!

  6. What could be better to enjoy delicious food with bunch of friend in the beautiful backyard? It's nice way to welcome Spring season, isn't it?