Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Little Garden Time... Un Po Di Giardinaggio...

Enjoying some time in my new sort-of garden.  Being limited to a potted garden,  but I can still have fun. It is a little different ,  it will be interesting to see how it evolves,  especially this Spring.  Fingers crossed...





Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pasta...

I've been making lots of homemade pasta lately.  So easy,  but,  a labor of love for sure... the outcome is always worth the effort.  A favorite way to spend a few hours...   Ravioli filled with Fresh Ricotta and  and Roasted Butternut Squash...  Mushroom,  Fresh Arugula,  Mascarpone and Fontina filled Manicotti.  And of course,  a big batch of Gnocchi.




Saturday, January 14, 2017

Piaceri Invernali... Winter Pleasures...

No mater how happy I may be to start fresh in the New Year... there is always that little bit of wondering... what to do now.  Now,  during this time of not much going on.  We have had an amazing amount of rain,  which is fantastic,  but in between storms,  it feels a little  like springtime.  A little gardening is always in order and just a little crafting too... and always ,  cooking and baking.  I loved my little Christmas Wreaths on my mirrors so much that I decided to keep them,  but take the Christmas look away... so,  I ended up with little green wreaths,  with a  little bit  of purple,  as that is my color of choice this "winter" ( using that term lightly).  Sparkly Succulents in favorite tea cups add a little garden to my kitchen window.  Priscilla's favorite  Double Chocolate Bark turned into a tart,  a  Lovely Strawberry,  Mascarpone Tart with Chocolate Ganache Drizzle and a Buttery Cookie Crust,  and some adorable Teeny-Weenie sugar cookies... Focaccia,  a regular part of my cooking repertoire along with a Marinated Eggplant and Mozzarella Salad with a fresh Baguette...That should keep the winter doldrums away...

 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A New Year... Anno Nuovo...

Well,  the Holidays have come and gone... it was fun, yet busy.  Keeping traditions alive and maybe creating new ones.  Making memories ... and cookies and lots of other sweets and savories.  Just starting to put the decorations away and giving the house a less cluttered look. As happens to me every year at this time,  I'm thinking of Springtime... it will be here before I know it.  Even though we are having lots of rain and cold weather ( for us) I know that spring will be popping up soon,   and it will be fun to do some gardening.  Can't wait!



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

Dolci... Sweets...

Remembering Christmas seasons past... when Mom and Dad would spend a very long day at the restaurant making Cartellate for sharing with friends and family.  They got going early in the day ready to make tons of the very traditional treats ... it wouldn't have been Christmas without this tradition.  Anna and I decided a few years ago that the tradition,  which pretty much ended when Dad passed away,  should  continue.  We've only made them for three years,  and although we saw them being made for many years,  we are not quite as good at the process as Mom was.  Practice will make perfect,  if that is what we're after,  although simply making these lovely pastries,  and remembering Mom and Dad makes for a happy day,  and very special memories...





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