You sigh. You roll your eyes. Have I ever had all the ingredients? Have I ever followed the directions?
I love cooking with Google. Type in the items I have, and, voilà, recipes appear. They may not be tested recipes, but I won't follow them anyway.
Asparagus + crust + cheese....
Wait! Asparagus + refrigerator piecrust dough + Parmesan cheese + mushrooms + Meyer lemon + garlic + spinach ...BINGO!
Google results were for asparagus galettes. Galettes seem to be unfettered savory or sweet pastries made without a confining pie pan. How did I not know about this ridiculously easy way to make a supper or brunch? I wanted to dance a gavotte!
galette--a flat round cake of pastry or bread
gavotte--a medium-paced French dance, popular in the 18th century; a piece of music accompanying or in the rhythm of a gavotte, composed in common time beginning on the third beat of the bar.
gateau--a rich cake, typically one containing layers of cream or fruit.
Stumbling around in rich French desserts I got side-tracked by garrote. (This is not a French carrot cake.) The first time I read of murder by garrote was in Margaret Truman's Murder in the White House. Donald Bain, who died in October, ghostwrote some of Truman's mysteries, but not that one.
garrote--kill someone by strangulation, typically with a length of wire or cord.
But what of Marat? Did he die by garrote? He did not.
Mystery readers mourn the loss of Sue Grafton today. While I only made it to "N is for..." I always wanted Kinsey's shipshape apartment and elderly neighbors.
Thanks to Donna Leon and Louise Penny for another year of thoughtful, well-written mysteries.
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