This baked pasta dish with fresh tomatoes is perfect for a summer party!
Use fresh summer tomatoes for this tasty basked pasta dish from Béatrice Peltre's cookbook My French Family Table.
1 Place the toast and parsley in the bowl of a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Transfer to a bowl and combine with 1/4 cup of the Parmesan; set aside.
2 Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
3 Preheat the oven to 400°F. Brush the baking dish with olive oil; set aside.
4 In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, oregano and thyme; cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, without browning. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the carrot and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for another minute. Add the wine and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, bay leaf and brown sugar and season with salt and pepper; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook for another 5 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly reduced. Discard the oregano, thyme and bay leaf.
5 Transfer the sauce to the bowl of a food processor, add the ricotta and purée until smooth.
6 In a large bowl, toss the pasta with the sauce, basil, pine nuts and remaining Parmesan.
7 Transfer to the prepared baking dish, scatter with the mozzarella and sliced tomato and top with the breadcrumb mixture; add a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with the nutmeg.
8 Bake the gratin for 30 minutes, or until lightly golden and crispy.
9 Serve immediately.
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Excerpted from My French Family Table by Béatrice Peltre. Recipes Copyright © 2016 Béatrice Peltre, Photography copyright © 2016 Béatrice Peltre. Excerpted by permission of Roost Books. All rights reserved.
A layered neutral living room
Follow designer Kelley McNamara's tips to creating a serene family home.
Designer Kelley McNamara turns a 3,000-square-foot Dutch Colonial home in Fort Langley, B.C., into a calming abode for her busy family.
Designer Kelley McNamara shares 10 tips to creating a serene family home.
Designer and homeowner Kelley McNamara fills vintage milk glass vases, ceramic jugs and glass jars with blooms to capture the country charm of her rural surroundings. “I always try to have fresh flowers in the house,” says Kelley. “They add an element of organic texture and colour.”
A French metal chandelier brings patina and visual interest to the dining room. “I want the house to look like it’s been here a long time,” says Kelley. The fixture ties in beautifully with the sun-bleached oak table, mix-and-match seating, white oak plank floors and salvaged antique barn door.
An aged-looking support beam gives this pristine space character – and it’s a clever trick. “I wanted salvaged timber, but it was too expensive,” says Kelley. Instead, she painted a new fir beam with a few coats of sun-bleached oak wood stain. A trio of wicker stools, brass-finished hardware and a vintage-style pendant light also lend the kitchen a well-lived-in vibe.
The mud room’s industrial sink makes it easy to bathe the family’s two dogs, Duke and Finnegan, before they track dirt into the house, while the slate floor is easy to clean. A Dutch door injects country charm.
Kelley panelled the range hood over the six-burner gas range to achieve a seamless look with the cabinetry. Installing the microwave in the island keeps it out of sight yet easily accessible for the children.
Kelley believes neutral rooms don’t have to be boring. She jazzed up the formal living room’s white and grey palette with linen fabrics, a wool rug and toss cushions in mohair, faux fur and hide. “The more layers, the richer the room becomes,” she says. A dark-brown-framed mirror creates a focal point over the fireplace, while brass library lights are a warm finishing touch on the built-in bookshelves.
Instead of setting this console against a wall or behind a sofa, Kelley gave it centre stage in her front foyer. To ground the vignette, she placed the console atop a rug and arranged interesting objects, such as coffee table books, geode crystals and a potted plant, on top of it. These decorative items bring the outdoors in and make the arrangement feel purposeful.
Kelley didn't overdecorate the master bath, allowing the glass shower and sculptural free-standing tub to make the statement. The accessories are quiet, except for the aged-brass-finished pendant light, which draws the eye toward the corner windows.
A dining room buffet gets new life as the master bathroom vanity. Kelley asked her carpenter to cut off the top of the buffet, and then had a plumber add a quartz countertop, undermounted sinks and wall-mounted faucets for rustic appeal.
Simple bedding, a tufted bench and elegant accessories signal that the master bedroom is a calming oasis. Soft grey is the only whisper of colour in the otherwise monochromatic room, while a few hits of brass add glamour.
Warm and rustic kitchen
The hottest looks you’ll be coveting for your kitchen this year.
The kitchen isn’t just about cooking anymore – it’s the hub of the home, the place where you gather with family and to share coffee with a friend. This year’s design trends reflect the evolution of the kitchen into a living space, with trends that add interest and create a more inviting space to entertain.
From geometric patterned backsplashes to bold hits of colour and loads of raw texture, the kitchens of 2016 are a far cry from the classic all-white standard. Read on for this year’s hottest kitchen design trends and grab some inspiration for your next home makeover.
White and neutral kitchens will always be on trend, but in 2016, we’re seeing them juxtaposed against a bold pop of colour. Bring some flavour to a neutral palette with vibrant pendant lamps, saturated backsplashes or even retro pastel-hued appliances.
The kitchen trends for 2016 are all about having fun, and geometric patterns are popping up in kitchens everywhere this year. Add a punch of interest to your kitchen with an accent wall in a geometric paper or hexagonal backsplash like the kitchen shown here. Alternatively, have fun with your kitchen flooring and lay down geometric shaped tiles or patterned hardwood.
Butcher block slabs and thick marble are taking a backseat to this year’s hottest countertop trend. Modern kitchens are taking on a new look for 2016 with thin countertops that blend into the cabinetry for a sleek, seamless look. Tour this home here.
If there’s one room in the house that lacks texture, it’s the kitchen. Where other living spaces incorporate luxe fabrics and cosy accessories, the kitchen is usually a streamlined, functional space – but not anymore. In 2016, texture is big in the kitchen, from raw wood cabinets to rough stone surfaces and unpolished backsplashes. Tour this kitchen here.
Though white cabinets still remain a crowd favourite for the kitchen, we’re seeing more grey cabinetry for 2016, building on the blossoming trend from last year. This year, however, the greys we’re seeing are lighter, softer and mixed in with other neutrals, like the putty grey island here that’s paired with surrounding white cabinets. Tour this home here.
Learn to make your own acai bowl at home.
Use acai berries to make this delicious and wholesome breakfast bowl.
When acai berries burst onto the scene years ago, the berry from Brazil was often touted (by varying sources) as the newest superfood that would do everything from slow down signs of aging, bring about weight loss and fight cancer. While none of these claims have proven to be true (acai berries are not known to have greater health benefits than similar fruits), they are still high in antioxidants and are part of a healthy diet. That means they’re a delicious and wholesome addition to any breakfast, especially when served as an acai bowl.
The best part about an acai bowl? Despite its high health quotient, it kind of, sort of tastes like dessert so it’s really a win-win. Ready to make one? Here’s what you’ll need:
1 Run one package of frozen acai berries under warm water to thaw them slightly. Pour softened berries into a blender and combine with apple juice and one chopped banana. Blend just until all ingredients are combined. Mixture should be thick, not runny.
2 Pour berry mixture into a bowl and sprinkle granola on top.
3 Top with additional garnishes like a sliced banana, strawberries and blueberries.