March 8, 2004
Yesterday was the Tartine Edition of Is My Blog Burning? day, which I had the honor of hosting this time around. In this, I was following in the steps of Alberto, who originally fathered this fun event. Many thanks to all who participated with such enthusiasm!
In setting the theme, I had hoped it provided enough structure to give an air of commonality between the contributions, but that it was also open enough for each of the participants to express their own taste and personality and cooking style. I am very happy to say that it seems to have fit the bill perfectly!
It was a joy to receive each of your emails telling me about your tartine, to hurry and read your posts, and see all the wonderful creations you came up with. I find it ever so heartwarming to think of each of you in your kitchen, as the IMBB? date approached, contemplating the contents of your fridge or leafing through your favorite cookbooks, scratching your head, trying to come up with an idea, then getting to work, and finally sharing the fruits of your brain juices and labor with the rest of us.
I am delighted to get a sense of the community we are forming, and I am all for making this a regular event : "Jamais deux sans trois", as we say in French! So if one of you out there has an idea for a theme and would like to host the next edition, do speak up!
And here is a list of the Tartines that our talented and creative bloggers thought up. If I have forgotten to include yours, profusely do I apologize, and please let me know so I can correct the omission!
Elise revived and shared a wonderful French picnic memory by way of her Peach Pâté Tartine.
The Too Many Chefs team thought - quite rightfully - that there was no such thing as Too Many Tartines, and submitted not one, not two or even three, but four tartine posts : Meg's English Tartine and her Trio of Traditional Tartines, and Barrett's Fuul's Errand, as well as the only dessert tartine, his Nectarine of the Gods.
Deb achieved the quite impressive exploit of making an intricate Cauliflower Purée with Browned Butter and Hazelnuts Tartine on home baked bread, all the while taking care of her brand new little Ellie.
Amy shared a very cosmopolitan tartine : when France, California, Italy and Switzerland meet, what do you get? A Balsamic Onion Marmalade and Gruyere Tartine!
Elsa came up with a beautifully named and delicious sounding Cézanne Tartine.
Kim decided to showcase the greatest assortment of mushrooms in her Roasted Mushroom Tartine.
Alberto made an Italian-style tartine sampler, with four different tartines, all with an Italian twist.
Jenny created a Tartine San Francisco, which uses the best things California has to offer.
Renée made an awesome South East Asian Tartine, melding Indian, Indonesian, Malay and Chinese influences. The tale of its elaboration makes for a fascinating read, instructive and fun.
A new French food blogger just came into town! Meet Pascale and read about her Bruschetta de Rêve!
Dearest Jackie shared her Tartine Américaine (aka The Meatball Hoagie), an American staple with real chunks of childhood memories inside!
Wena, with the help of her wonderful Granny, came up with a Tartine Sembal Hebi.
Derrick graced us with a Leftovers Tartine, which I'm sure illustrates quite well the kind of luscious everyday fare Melissa and himself get to enjoy!
Amazingly enough, it is Stella's subsconscious who reminded her of the IMBB? event, prompting her to create a Tartine with Roasted Yurkey Breast, Tomatoes and Feta almost without thinking!
Charlotte made an array of Goat Cheese Toasts over the week-end, each a great pairing idea.
Makiko (and Max) made two tartines, a Luusesalbi tartine and a Hummus tartine (beautifully and cleverly decorated with paprika, I might add).
Foodgoat, in a masterful first tartine attempt, created a Tartine d'Tuna, as told to us by the charming Ladygoat.
Mark came up with a Tartine à la dinde chaude avec sauce, after a Thanksgiving theme.
Josh cooked up a Tartine with Bacon, Avocado and Mâche. Beautiful. Can I come have lunch with you Josh?
Donna contributed a Tapas Tartine. She took a pic but couldn't upload it, so you'll have to take my word for it : that is one good-lookin' tapas tartine!
Meriko (aka shock) created a Triptych of Tartines (cool name if I ever saw one), using the leftovers from a wedding reception, no less!
Carlo made a Day-After Tartine, using leftovers too!
Mark created the coolest Deconstructed Caesar Salad Tartine, complete with parmesan flan.
Pim, as promised, puts a Thai spin on it with her Thai Beef Satay, Cucumber Salad and Peanut Sauce Tartine, which almost didn't make it because of a ski injury. Hope the knee gets better soon, Pim!
And finally, yours truly whipped up a Tartine Chèvre et Pousses...
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