Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fine D'Estate... Late Summer...

Every year,  around this time, I start dreaming... dreaming of my favorite time of year. FALL! It's been a hot summer,  and it still is,  but no matter,  to me I feel fall right around the corner. I can smell the fragrance of wild fennel in the morning,  and that different light. Two things which are always the first signs of fall for me.  I have been cooking a lot, and I always cook using seasonal ingredients,  but I look forward to the changes I will make to my meals by using all those favorite flavors of fall.



Monday, July 16, 2018

Pasta Fresca... Fresh Pasta...

It is no secret to anyone who knows me that I love food... beautiful food, well made food, and also beautifully embellished food. Being inspired to create something new, or just changing things up a bit is my passion.  Sharing food with friends and family is something that makes me very happy.  I have no issue with spending hours in the kitchen and on this day, I decided to  add herbs to my pasta.  I don't do this every time that I make pasta,  it is much more time consuming, but when I want that extra wow factor,  it is what I do. This is a typical Egg and Flour Pasta which I start the traditional way, but, when rolling the dough, I add freshly snipped herbs between two sheets of pasta and roll. I love seeing how the shapes of the different Herbs change when they are pressed between the Pasta Sheets. I used various herbs which I have growing in my potted garden. Tender Herbs like Sweet Basil and Purple Basil, Arugula, French Sorrel, and Italian Parsley all work well.  The resulting pasta is spectacular  with a lovely mild herbal flavor.  In order not to overwhelm the mild flavor of the herbs, I like to make a simple sauce of just Olive Oil,  Romano Cheese, and fresh cracked pepper over the top...

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Fragranza... Fragrance...

I don't necessarily think that Favors are a "thing" for funerals, but we just thought it would be a nice touch.  I have made these fragrant sachets many times before using my leftover candle wax, some essential oils, and little flowers picked from the garden. Using my silicone flower and heart molds,  we created highly fragrant little sachets for the ladies who came to Mom's services. We packaged them and added a little note with Mom's name and dates,  and on the flip side of the card we added a little note... It read,  "Remembering the beautiful fragrance of your life".  As it turned out,  everybody loved them,  and we did too.



Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Ciao Mamma... Goodbye Mom...

It is with a sad heart that we say goodbye to our sweet Mother.  Mom lived a long and wonderful life... 97 healthy years,  loved by everyone who met her and knew her.  We are greatful that she passed peacefully.  Surrounded by family,  she slowly slipped away to a better place.  We will miss her terribly,  but we know that we will be comforted by memories of her loving ways and  funny stories...Ciao Bella...




Saturday, April 28, 2018

In Cucina... In The Kitchen...

A special place to be... Creating new recipes,  and making favorite dishes...Things like Olive Bread, Pasta alla Carbonara,  An Artichoke and Roasted Garlic Galette,  French Onion Soup,  and Pasta with Shrimp.  In the kitchen!  My happy place!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Feste... Celebrations...

Celebrations and keeping traditions alive is important to us.  Being with family,  celebrating the occasion...  whatever it may be.  Sharing a great meal and just being together is what it is all about.  Having Mom with us,  making the most of the time we have is precious to us all.  We count our blessings...




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