For the August Secret Recipe Club, I had the great pleasure of choosing a recipe from Cooking with Chopin.

Ginny’s blog was new to me and I started perusing it right after I received my assignment. I was immediately struck by how great her recipes look and how honest Ginny is in her posts…a winning combination in my book.

The recipe I chose to play with was her Fig, Ricotta, and Honey Tartine. I loved Ginny’s description of the dish, and her photos are mouthwatering; I was disappointed that I could not find fresh figs anywhere nearby, so I decided to use local peaches instead.

local peaches

A tartine is the French name for an open-faced sandwich. Tartines are usually made with bread, but Ginny used flatbread in hers so I followed her lead. I served it as an appetizer at one of the big meals we did over at my dad’s house while my brother was in town with his sweet family this past week.

Because my sister-in-law has celiac disease and she, my brother and their kids avoid gluten, I made the flatbread with Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free pizza crust mix. But you could make this with your favorite pre-made flatbread, or with your favorite gluten-free or regular bread. The peaches I used had been poached in water and a little sugar (my dad made them earlier in the day), but very ripe fresh peaches would work, as well.

To compile the tartine, you just spread a little ricotta on your (flat)bread, then add sliced peaches. I used snippets of basil on mine, but you could use arugula, baby salad greens, or a different herb, if you wish. I put a little salami on half of the tartine: I would have used prosciutto if I’d had some. Because mine was more of a savory dish, I finished it with a drizzle of olive oil instead of honey.

My son Dylan and I really loved this tartine. So thank you Ginny for the inspiration! I promise I’ll make it properly- with fresh figs- when I see them around here :)


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    Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite — August 15, 2011 @ 6:22 am

    Absolutely stunning Winnie. And love the pics!

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    Winnie — August 15, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    Thank you Mardi. I have a million cute ones of the kids but tried not to go overboard!

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    kerry — August 15, 2011 @ 6:25 am

    What a great idea. Love the tartine-with-fruit-as-a-savory-meal.


    Love the pics of the kids, too. Looks like everyone had a nice time and got along. :)

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    Winnie — August 15, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    Thanks Kerry! Yes it was really fun. Dylan and Maddie love spending time with their little cousins :)

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    Ken⏐hungry rabbit — August 15, 2011 @ 6:25 am

    A joyful gathering with beautiful food. xoxo

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    Winnie — August 15, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    It was so fun Ken. So fun!

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    Jessica — August 15, 2011 @ 6:29 am

    Winnie, it looks like you had a wonderful time with your family, the pictures are lovely. And that recipe looks DIVINE!!!! (the food pictures are beautiful and are making me VERY hungry!)
    I just so happen to have some ricotta, peaches, and basil in my kitchen (some of the random things I was looking for ways to use) so this is absolutely perfect, it’s exactly what I needed!! Thank you for posting this, I can’t wait to go home and try it tonight! (after I pick up some flatbread) :-)

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    Winnie — August 15, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    It was really fun. Wish the rain would go away and they would come back!

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    Kulsum at JourneyKitchen — August 15, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    Beautiful is all I can say. Love the fresh, herbal and creamy tartine like that with little no time in the kitchen. Perfect in my books!

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    Winnie — August 15, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    Yes it’s really super easy!

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    Anna — August 15, 2011 @ 7:39 am

    These look so beautiful, Winnie!

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    Winnie — August 15, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    Thanks! Hope you are doing well Anna…

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    Hannah — August 15, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    What a beautiful tartine! I love the flavors you combine here. Looks like a very special time together with your family…moments to savor.

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    Winnie — August 15, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    Yes it was definitely special :)

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    Caitlin — August 15, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    wow- your tartine looks so savory and delicious. i need to make this!

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    Winnie — August 15, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    Let me know if you try it Caitlin!

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    Lisa~~ — August 15, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    Such a beautiful tartine.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Cook Lisa Cook

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    Winnie — August 15, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    Thanks for your comment Lisa- will check out your recipe for sure!

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    Mindy — August 15, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    I found you through the blog hop! This looks absolutely delicious! I love tartines and don’t make them often enough. This recipe inspires me to make them more often (and consider fruit as a topping)!

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    Winnie — August 15, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    Tartines are so versatile!

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    GInny — August 15, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Hi Winnie,

    Yay! I’m so happy to find who was assigned my blog! You are too kind with your words…thanks for your sweet compliments. Your tartine looks incredible. I adore your combination of ingredients (and will be using your recipe soon!). And I also loved seeing the pictures of your family. Families gathered around good food is very important to me; I can see it is to you also.

    Have a wonderful day,

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    Winnie — August 15, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    It was absolutely my pleasure Ginny!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — August 15, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    What a beautiful dish Winnie…and I love the different flavor components you’ve put together. Perfect.

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    Winnie — August 15, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    Thank you Barb ;)

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    sara — August 15, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    Wow, this looks so yummy…a great combination of flavors for sure!! :) Gorgeous photos too…super mouthwatering.

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    Shelby — August 16, 2011 @ 3:49 am

    I love family gatherings. It seems we never have enough of them! Love the flavors in your dish….and btw, I finally found fresh figs – at the Fresh Market. Of course, now that I am in Albany, I have a lot more places to find things too!

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    Marty — August 16, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    The peach tar tine looks great but I have another question. I see a brass label on the back of the wooden chair in one of your photos. I would really like to know who makes that chair.

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    India-leigh @ aveganobsession — August 16, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    what an amazing recipe and the second time this week I’ve seen peaches as a main dish (Chow Vegan used peaches in rice wraps). I am definately going to make these…with vegan cheese.. I’m so glad I clicked on your link. Your photography is incredibly beautiful…it makes me want to be transported to your party! Thank you

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    Rhonda — August 16, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    Love the savory twist. I prefer peaches over figs (if you can believe that). Sounds light and refreshing, nice photos!

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    Vivian thiele — August 18, 2011 @ 6:04 am

    I wouldn’t be able to find figs in our area either. Wonderful choice on using peaches… looks so light and yet savory. Great job!

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    Taylor — August 19, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    This is such an interesting combination of ingredients and looks delicious!!

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