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Dymnyno  Lazy Mary's Lemon Tart

Sometimes, don’t you wish you could just drop everything and move to a mountain in the Napa Valley, open a winery, grow your own fruits and vegetables, and spend your time cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner for your amazed, appreciative international visitors? Yeah, us too.

Luckily, we have dymnyno, one of our earliest and most-vetted members of the Food52 community and the chef and proprietor of Constant Diamond Mountain Vineyard. Through her we get a taste (literally!) of what her life – the life – must be like. And boy, does it taste good.

The chef and hostess in dymnyno shines through in each and every one of her recipes – recipes that span the length of all seasons, mealtimes, cuisines, cravings. She has an uncanny ability to have a dish for every one of our cooking whims and desires – even, you know, throwing a whole Meyer lemon in a blender (for the dare-we-say-genius Lazy Mary’s Lemon Tart, pictured above). Looking for a killer breakfast? Look no further than Buttermilk Pancake Puffs Filled with Limoncello Lemon Curd. A festive appetizer? Try out Heart of Gold. This winter, we’ll be loving her Red Wine Fondue, and in the summer, we’ll be living off of her Zuccaghetti. Dymnyno’s food gives us the chance to sit down at her winery’s table, to taste the literal fruits of her labor, her passion, her creativity. We’re just as amazed and appreciative as the guests themselves.

Read our profile Q&A with dymnyno below, and check out her blog here.

  • What's the strangest food you've ever eaten?
    lamb fries...The Cattleman's at the Oklahoma Stock Yards serves them

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    cheese quesadilla

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    my collection of mortar and pestles...the first one was my grandmother's

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
    6 or 12 or sometimes 36


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Comments (29)


over 3 years ago Ms. T

It was lovely to meet you at the F52 potluck and so nice to see you in the spotlight and learn more about you! I'd love to visit your winery someday...


over 3 years ago Jaynerly

Cant believe I only just saw this! Congratulations. Great to seee you in the spotlight!


over 3 years ago Sonali aka the Foodie Physician

Congratulations, Dymnyno! It's great to learn more about you- your recipes always look delicious!


over 3 years ago zaharabeauty

Although I just "joined" this evening, I have been following Food52 for quite awhile, and I absolutely love your Lemon Tart recipe...made it several times with rave reviews! Thanks so much for it, along with your other many great ones! Congratulations on the Spotlight, Dymnyno~ you deserve it!
Happy Holidays!


over 3 years ago TiggyBee

Wow - I somehow assumed that I must have missed the dymnyno Spotlight at some point! Glad to see this tonight! I love all of your recipes and I actually made your candy apple recipe for a fund raiser with great success. (even though I didn't have a candy thermometer.) Happy Holidays!!


over 3 years ago MyCommunalTable

How fun to see you in the spotlight. Way to go. Bravo.


over 3 years ago Lizthechef

Sorry to be late to the party but you know I'm one of your biggest fans X0


over 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Lots of love dynamic dymnyno. Lovely to see you featured.


over 3 years ago gingerroot

Hooray, what a fabulous spotlight! I can't believe I missed this yesterday. Congratulations, dymnyno! I love your recipes and think of you whenever I'm on Maui, your home away from home. Happy Holidays!


over 3 years ago dymnyno

Thanks, Gingerroot! I am on Kauai this week...we sold our Maui house . S o, no Christmas on Maui this year.


over 3 years ago mcs3000

Congrats! Great to see you in the spotlight. Looking forward to reading more of your blog posts. Finally, thank you again for my beautiful secret santa gift. Love the jams. Can't wait to open the wine on X-mas. Cheers!


over 3 years ago calendargirl

Congratulations dymnyno! I prepare your brussels sprouts all the time, and adore the lemon tart. Long to be on your California mountain.


over 3 years ago SaucyCooks

Having moved to Denver 7 years ago from Sonoma County, this piece makes me homesick. And the Buttermilk Pancake Puffs with Lemoncello Lemon Curd...oh my, we just have to try these. Sounds like my Baked Apple Pancakes will just have to move over!


over 3 years ago dymnyno



over 3 years ago EmilyC

Good to see you in the spotlight -- congratulations!


over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

me too on wanting to be Mary - party at her place? Great spotlight !!!! I have made the tart a WHOLE bunch of times.


over 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yay! Great spotlight! Congrats dymnyno! I'm always so inspired by your wonderful recipes!


over 3 years ago Midge

Great to see you in the spotlight dymnyno! Love your recipes and living vicariously through your headnotes.


over 3 years ago TasteFood

Great feature. Congratulations, Mary!


over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

so nice to see you in the spotlight, dymnyno!


over 3 years ago Panfusine

YAAY!!, My Secret Santa giftee.. Its wonderful to see you in the spotlight!! (& waay overdue!). Congratulations!


over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Yay!! I'm so happy to see you here in the spotlight, Mare!!! And I agree with Tom - I want to be you when I grow up too :-) Happy Holidays!!