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Frank Mentesana

Frank Mentesana
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Frank learned to cook from his Italian grandmother and learned to love food during long forays through markets with his father.

Frank Mentesana
Frank's Featured Recipe
Sun-Dried-Tomato Vinaigrette

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Frank Mentasena has spent more than a decade as owner of Once Upon a Tart. He is the creator of several cooking curricula for children and has recently broadened his involvement with food to include food styling, photography, and gardening.

 

Frank holds a degree in hotel management and met partner Jerome Audureau while working as a food and beverage director for the French Accor Hotel Group. His proudest achievement by far is his son, Matthew. Frank lives in New Jersey.

Latest Recipes

Three-Onion Soup

Frank had to do some research to prove to Jerome that what Americans call French onion soup really is from France. Jerome never saw it wh...

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Vegetable Stock

We like vegetable stock because its flavor is subtle and doesn’t overpower the flavors of the actual soup. At the store, we pile up veget...

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Sun-Dried-Tomato Vinaigrette

This vinaigrette is rich and sweet from the sun-dried tomatoes, so you don’t need to use much of it. To use it like a pesto and make a pa...

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Penne Pasta Salad with Grilled Fennel, Roasted Eggplant, Black Olives, and Fresh Dill

Someone gave us a version of this recipe, but neither of us can remember who it was. We’d love to give you credit, so, if you’re reading ...

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Soy-Ginger Vinaigrette

We have very few Asian-inspired foods on our menu, but occasionally one of us will hop on his bicycle and go down to Chinatown to pick up...

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Alsatian Apple Tart

We wanted to offer an apple pie, but, being a tart shop, we didn’t think it was right to make apple pie—exactly. So this is what we came ...

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Flaky Tart Crust

The fat in our tart dough is mostly butter with a little shortening. Many people think that an all-butter crust is the goal. But even Jul...

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Baked Lemon Tart

One of our most popular tarts, and also one of the easiest to make, this tart is all and only about the lemons.

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Pumpkin Tart with Sugared Pastry Leaves

This tart is made with a classic pumpkin pie filling, complete with evaporated milk, thrown into a tart shell. Granted, we use a deep-dis...

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Dried Cranberry Scones with Crystallized Sugar Crust

Jerome’s grandmother never misses her four-thirty tea. Every day of her life, come late afternoon, she settles down to tea, toast, and ja...

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Carrot Cake Muffins with Lemon-Cream Cheese Icing

It seems like everyone has a carrot cake recipe that they insist is better than yours. Well, we insist ours is better than anyone’s. Fran...

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Lemon–Cream Cheese Icing

The carrot cake muffins were for the longest time the only thing we iced. We’re not into goopy, saucy baked goods, but we felt very stron...

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Fresh Berry Coffee Cake with Walnut Crumb Topping

This is not your average coffee cake, where you’re lucky to get one bite of fruit with a big chunk of yellow cake. This one’s loaded with...

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