Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
During a trip to Venice, Italy, I fell in love with all the masks. There are so many, and they are all so beautiful. It was so hard to decide which one to buy... it must have taken me 3 hours in a particular shop near Piazza San Marco to decide. After agonizing over which one to choose, I decided on this one. It's very classic... but sometimes it looks a little spooky and eerie... Perfect for Halloween?
Monday, October 22, 2012
I don't typically like Spiders in my food, but these spiders, made from sugar, caramelized to a lovely shade of amber, are just the right color for a Halloween Dessert table...
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Sugar Spiders is a perfect Halloween Dessert.... delicious and fun...
Thursday, October 18, 2012
There isn't much going on in the way of gardening around here... it's been so hot I have no desire to be out in the heat to do any gardening...
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
After a 2 hour drive back from the Soccer game, it's good to be home and whip up a quick pasta dish we affectionately call " Midnight Pasta"... It is what you eat when you want " real food" , (no junk) and it's late , maybe as late as midnight....
A few fresh ingredients and a quick saute ...
Thursday, October 11, 2012
I have loved Halloween for as long as I can remember... As a young girl, I remember rushing home from school on Halloween to carve the pumpkins. I did most of the decorating ( this was not an Italian holiday) my mom was not that interested, even though the decor that I liked was happy "friendly" Halloween pumpkins and ghosts with smiling faces. I continue to love decorating for holidays ( and non-holidays). This year, as I began putting out my Halloween Decorations I noticed something... My decorations seem to be a little scary.... just a little...
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Pasta e Fagioli, a hearty Italian soup, simple and satisfying. Practically every family in Italy makes it, and everyone seems to have their favorite version... Ours is very easy and can be made in just a few minutes.
Pasta e Fagioli
2 cloves minced Fresh Garlic
1Tomato (fresh, chopped or canned peeled, chopped)
Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cans good Cannellini Beans (or dried beans , soaked if you prefer and have time)
Cooked small Pasta ( any shape)
2 Bay Leaves
Salt and Pepper to taste
Heat olive oil ( enough to lightly cover bottom of pan ) in small saucepan til hot, add garlic, saute just til barely golden, add tomato , saute a few minutes, add bay leaves, then add beans, and 2 cups of water. More water may be added for a thinner consistancy if you like. Simmer soup for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta til Al Dente, drain, set aside. Taste soup after about 30 minutes, check for seasoning. Add cooked pasta just before serving. Serve with good quality (preferably imported) grated Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano.
Ciccio is an Italian Flatbread... Sometimes served in restaurants before a meal. Often, they have nothing more that a little cheese on top of the dough which is baked very quickly in a wood fired oven.
Sometimes , just olive oil , rosemary and sea salt... This one I made with Sauteed Mushrooms, Fontina Cheese and Oil Cured Olives, sprinkled with Fresh Thyme.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
I love seeing a wreath on a front door. It tells me there is hospitality inside. I always have one on my door, no matter the season... It just says "Welcome"...
The scent of Pumpkin Muffins baking says Welcome Autumn...
These i've sprinkled with Candied Walnuts...