Tweet Like magic, my yard awakens! Seemingly, overnight, tiny buds emerge where only dead limbs existed just a few short weeks ago. I am continually amazed at the vegetation in ...
You know it’s springtime when the local farmer’s market is filled with fresh veggies that only come around once a year. Hardly requiring a recipe, many only need to be cooked, dressed with extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt. These seasonal vegetables are here for a very short time … I believe that’s […]
Grilled eggplant and zucchini are layered with just enough ricotta to add a subtle creaminess with very little fat. Packed in individual ramekins, these colorful stacks make for a stunning first course, a healthy addition to brunch or paired with a salad, a satisfying light lunch. Ingredients: 1 tomato 1 zucchini 1/2 eggplant […]
Carpaccio is a very simple Italian starter. Traditionally, it is made with thinly-sliced high quality raw sirloin. This delightfully-different appetizer is topped with arugula and shaved Parmesan, then dressed with a few squeezes of lemon juice and a generous drizzle of robust extra-virgin olive oil. Season with freshly-ground black pepper and sea salt. The only […]
Do you ever find yourself preparing a recipe your mother or grandmother used to make, wondering (but never questioning) why she did this or that? This chicken dish is one such recipe. I always wondered why my grandmother: Pounded the daylights out of the chicken breast Dried each piece Always used flour, […]
Saint Joseph (San Giuseppe) is not only the patron saint of Sicily, he is also the patron saint of pastry cooks. The Feast of San Giuseppe (March 19th) is celebrated all throughout Sicily. Of course, as is with all holidays, there is a whole lot of eating with family and friends. Traditional dishes include Pasta […]
Anyone who knows me well, will tell you that this is a favorite breakfast of mine. Once a week, I roast a pound or two of these little cruciferous morsels (which tames there bittery-bite and brings out their softer, sweeter side), to have on hand for a quick and healthy meal. I toast a hearty […]
In Italy, il caffe, expertly prepared, is more then just a cup of coffee, it is a religious experience. In the neighborhood cafe, (called a bar) daily life begins with a cacophony of sounds. With perfect timing and in symphonic harmony, the hissing of the milk steamer, tapping of filters being emptied, the clattering of […]