These are the most amazing tasting strawberry
tarts made with a buttery crust that features chopped pistachios. A zesty cream cheese and lemon filling pairs
beautifully with sweet summer strawberries for a dessert everyone will love! Easy to make for that special weekend gathering.
Southern Living’s Mini Strawberry Tarts
1 cup (4.5 oz.) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup chopped pistachios
6 tablespoons (3 oz.) salted butter, cubed
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons lemon zest plus 1 Tbsp. fresh juice (1 lemon)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 8 (3 1/2-inch) round,
1-inch-deep mini fluted tart pans with removable rims, and place on a large
rimmed baking sheet. Process the flour, powdered sugar, and pistachios in a
food processor until nuts are finely ground, about 1 minute. Add the cubed
butter to processor, and pulse 6 to 8 times or until mixture resembles coarse
meal. Press about 4 1/2 tablespoons of the flour mixture on bottom and up sides
of each tart pan.
2. Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned, 15 to 20
minutes. Remove tart pans to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30
3. Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer at medium speed
until smooth. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar,
and beat until well blended. Gently fold the whipped cream into cream cheese
mixture until incorporated. Spoon about 5 tablespoons of the cream cheese
mixture into each tart shell. Cover tarts with plastic wrap, and chill 4 to 24
4. Toss together the sliced strawberries and 1 tablespoon
granulated sugar, and spoon on tarts just before serving.
honor of the holiday weekend, I’ve put together a few variations of
red, white and blue tableware from the blog shop to create a few different looks. I love how these crisp colors
contrast with the natural textures of the raffia place mats. As we celebrate
Memorial Day, the colors of our flag always bring a touch of patriotism into
our hearts. As we gather with friends and family, let us remember those who
served for our country and fought for the freedom we enjoy every day.
Have you seen these trailers on Bravo in the last week or so? Andy
Cohen plays the Mad Hatter while the stars of the "Real Housewives" stop their bickering to come together for a prim and proper tea party
a la Alice In Wonderland.
Here's what happens when housewives in diamonds
and designer dresses play tea party for in preparation for the upcoming “Alice
Through the Looking Glass” film, premiering on Friday.
My inspiration? Tea party decor, of
Lots of pretty vintage tea cups, fancy petitfours,
roses, clocks, hats, bunnies and more!
the unbirthday cake and tick tock shortbread
we must make sure to have lots of
pretty cakes and sweets
and stacks and stacks of pretty tea cups!
stacked higher is better!
vintage tea cups are a must!
accented with roses
cookies, muffins scones, cakes, petit fours and a selection of tea sandwiches are perfect on the menu!
repurpose an antique dresser as a buffet and you're all set!
The summer tomato season has started here at casa ciao! My first little
perfect tomato has just been picked, and last night I incorporated it into one
of my favorite middle-eastern recipes, Salad Shirazi. Salad Shirazi is a popular traditional Persian salad that originated the city of Shiraz in Southern Iran. The main ingredients
are chopped cucumber, tomato, onion and a little lemon juice. In Iran, it is
eaten in the summer as a side dish and on its own. It’s a crisp and refreshing
side dish for summer that is so easy to make! During the colder months, it
serves as a side dish alongside foods such as kebab and rice. Try my basic recipe and let me know what you
v4 Persian cucumbers,
peeled and diced
v2 medium tomatoes,
v1/4 medium red onion,
v1/4 cup fresh parsley,
v1 tablespoon olive
v½ tablespoon lemon juice
vSalt and pepper to
all your vegetables and herbs and mix together in a large bowl. Toss with
olive oil and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy! (About 4 servings)
inspiration for the week is this breathtaking Caribbean beach house. Tropical
and breezy, it sets the tone for what I am craving this summer. Neutral tones with just a splash of turquoise
and beautiful oversized palm-shaped fronds used as accents are just my
style! I am in love with this tablescape!
Don’t you just love how they personalized the place settings by writing on the leaves
with a silver marker? Such a fun idea for summer!
marks the official kick-off to summer entertaining, and look at what I just discovered! These super fun and unique firepieces by TIKI Brandbring your outdoor tables to life! I love how compact and streamlined the design is, and they give off less
smoke and soot than traditional little fire accessories, so your family and
friends can linger longer around the warm glow. And look at how
cute the red ones are! I love how they look with all the blue and white tableware. I found some at Target, and now I’m all set for the holiday weekend.
These will create the perfect ambiance for your get-together!
And they are so affordable!
These firepieces fit perfectly into your tablescape.
A few other options from TIKI that are so cute for Summer!
I wanted to share a few fun pics from
this month’sGood Housekeeping Magazine. Nashville interior design team Jen & Benjamin Sohr show us some great ways to add a bit of bold
color into your home ….
up some large, colorful framed art on to your mantel. Change it up when your mood suits you!
be afraid to mix modern with vintage, that way you create your own individual
style. Make sure you use furnishings and colors that you love.
furnishings are budget friendly! You
just need to make them your own with new fabrics, throw pillows or paint.
creative a set up a bar with a table you already have or be on the look-out for
a fun piece. That way you'll be all set for guests any time they drop by and the bar can be modified depending on the season.It's also a great place to add a few of more of your favorite accessories and art pieces.
A dramatic or playful statement in your foyer sets the tone for the rest of your home. Don’t you love how this vibrant blue and white
rug really jazzes up the space?
be afraid to mix your favorite shades of color together. Experiment with what looks good and makes you
is a great way to add pizzazz, and with a bold print like this, papering one
wall is plenty!
regular plain old lamp can be updated with a bold shade of your choice. It ties the whole look together!