Thank YOU: Onion Tart
Can I tell you what frustrates me? Computer stuff. I’m shocked and amazed at how much I’ve learned over the past (almost) two years of blogging; however, just when I thought I had a grip on things I realized how far I have yet to go.
So, to begin, I would like to properly thank you, my wonderful, loyal, dedicated readers for sticking by me as I stumble my way through all this “tech” stuff. I would especially like to thank you for responding to my
plea for help post yesterday. You helped me to know I didn’t completely ruin everything, which means YOU helped to keep my sanity.
So when I realize that I can learn Arabic quicker than HTML and feel that I’ve wasted an entire day off sitting in front of a computer with nothing to show (except panic that I’ve lost all my wonderful readers) do you know what I do to relax? I cook. Well, okay, I lied. First, my patient husband who has exams this week and needs every second he can get (and knows nothing about blogs) calms me down and somehow figures things out. Then, I cook.
There’s something so soothing about mixing a bunch of ingredients together, that are nearly inedible and undesirable on their own, to create something fragrant, nourishing and delicious for myself and someone I love.
This dish is humble and modest yet it’s flavor is anything but ordinary. It can be served to friends on a casual night or to strangers you’re hoping to impress. It brings together simple ingredients: onions, swiss cheese, flour and thyme to create something you’ll want to recreate over and over.
Adapted from My Recipes
Pie Crust (Adapted from Food Network):
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tbs. cold butter, cut into pieces
2 tbs. milk
Filling (Adapted from My Recipes):
2 tbs. olive oil
2 onions, sliced
Thyme, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup swiss cheese, shredded
1. Start by preparing the crust. (The original directions have you do this in a food processor which I don’t have; if I did, I would definitely use it here). Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the butter slowly and beat (or pulse) together until butter pieces are about the size of peas. Beat the egg and milk in a bowl then add to the mixture. Mix (or pulse) together until the dough sticks together (it may still be a little crumbly). Pour dough onto a lightly floured surface and gather into a ball. Lightly flatten then cover in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
2. After dough has chilled, make the filling. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat 1 tbs. oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, thyme, salt and pepper and cook about 12 minutes, until onions have browned but are not burned, stirring frequently.
3. Roll dough out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spread onion mixture, leaving a 1-1 1/2 inch border. Sprinkle feta swiss cheese over top. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve and enjoy!
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~Speaking of computer problems, I was attempting to transfer my blog to BlueHost this weekend. For some reason, I had the impression this would give me endless template options to have layouts, picture sizes and everything else at my fingertips. Apparently, this isn’t nearly as easy as I thought it would be and I’m finding those options available only if I buy even more products (which I think I can just do through my current site?). ANY FEEDBACK about this process, and/or self-hosting in general, is GREATLY appreciated!
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