Monday, October 1, 2018
I am so excited... I leave for Italy tomorrow. It's been two years, and I can't wait. In the meantime, i've been doing lots of cooking... my main passion, and gardening, my other passion, and decorating... my other, other passion. I've been so busy with a styling job that I have been working on for about two months. The job is done, and I am ready for a break. A break to the homeland, where I will visit with family and friends....Explore beautiful places, old places, new places. And cook, and be inspired by my home and all that it has to offer. So ready!!!
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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
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
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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
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!