pesto trapanese

pesto trapanese (pesto with almonds & tomatoes)

February 13, 2020

Pesto is such a versatile sauce and although perfectly suited for pasta, it’s also delicious with meat, vegetables or fish.  For more uses click here.  It also reminds me of summer which is a good thing as this winter seems to be unending and it’s only the middle of February!  But I digress.  Most are…

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sticky date pudding with salted caramel sauce

sticky date pudding with salted caramel sauce

February 3, 2020

When serving dessert at a dinner party, the last thing I want is a complicated dish.  Years of entertaining has me yearning for simpler recipes.  If you come to our home for dinner, dessert can sometimes consist of fresh fruit with assorted cheeses and nuts.  I have on occasion, purchased dessert from our local bakery. …

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tortellini bolognese soup

tortellini bolognese soup

January 22, 2020

Do you own a cookbook and if so, what was the first one you bought or were given?  The first one I purchased was the Fannie Farmer back in 1980 before I was married.  My paternal grandmother gave me The Joy of Cooking as a shower gift for my wedding.  Another I cherish is the…

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tonnato sauce

italian tonnato sauce

January 16, 2020

Well hello, 2020!  It’s taken me to the middle of this month to finally post something.  This is my fourteenth year with this food blog and lately, I have been wondering if I should stop.  And then I find a dish that reignites the foodie in me and my love for sharing recipes.  I started…

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pork sausage plait

pork sausage plait

December 20, 2019

On the kitchen countertop, I have a cubby hole (of sorts) where I stash recipe clippings or where scraps of paper with my scribbled recipes rest.  Every once and a while I do a clearout.  The other day I was tidying the countertop space when I saw my scribbled note on pork sausage plait.

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pickled radicchio

pickled radicchio wrapped breadsticks

December 17, 2019

Pickled radicchio is a perfect way to preserve and enjoy for weeks.  Radicchio (ra-DEEK-ee-o) on its own has a bold and bitter taste but throw it in a hot bath of vinegar and that boldness subsides.  It ends up with a sweet and sour taste.  When the radicchio leaves hit the vinegar, they change a…

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parmesan tuiles

parmesan tuiles

December 7, 2019

The other day I was all gung-ho to make parmesan tuiles.  The recipe was from a trusted name in the cooking industry but as I was dishing out the ingredients, something inside me was saying the quantities, oven temperature and method seemed off.  But, because it was from a trusted source, I shrugged off my…

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pork belly adobo

pork belly adobo

November 20, 2019

Adobo is a sauce that is indigenous to the Philippines.  When the Spanish colonists settled in the Philippines during the 16th century, they saw this traditional Filipino cooking method and called it adobo (from the Spanish word adobar, meaning marinade).  Spanish adobo, however, is not the same as it has a reddish hue due to…

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bombette pugliesi - Italian street food

bombette pugliesi – italian street food

November 8, 2019

The entertaining season is just around the corner!  Christmas is in 47 days and now is a good time to think about what you’ll serve at your next soirée.  I have my go-to finger foods but I always incorporate a few new ones every year.  And boy, do I have a humdinger of an antipasto…

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olive and anchovy bites

olive and anchovy bites

October 29, 2019

When we invite friends over for dinner, it’s always a new menu.  And after many years of entertaining, this can seem as though there’s nothing new left in the tank!  Which is what it felt like last Thursday.  We had invited our good friends over for a bite to eat on Friday and the day…

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green tomato chow chow

green tomato chow chow

October 7, 2019

After a green Spring and Summer, autumn is a pretty time for me.  The deciduous trees and shrubs shed their leaves by showing off brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red.  I love how everything in life is cyclical starting with the seasons.  And autumn is a signal for me to start my preserves.  Farmers’…

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portobello soup

roasted portobello mushroom soup

September 30, 2019

It wasn’t cold last week when I made this; I just wanted to slurp on homemade soup.  I had a package of portobello mushrooms that needed my attention before they spoiled.  Roasting the mushrooms brings out a rich and scrumptious taste. Homemade soup does not need a recipe.  Yes, you read that correctly.

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stracciatella bruschetta

ciro’s stracciatella bruschetta

September 18, 2019

Mr. S and I LOVE cheese and you know you’re a cheese lover when your friend gives you a book on it! Last October I posted about our local Italian cheesemaker, Ciro. His products can be found at two of our local farmers’ markets and other food establishments.  His passion for cheese making is infectious…

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