roasted butternut squash and poblano risotto

risotto is almost done ~ if you can boil water and stir a pot, you can make risotto! Simple ingredients are magically transformed into luscious, creamy bites of this Italian staple. • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 onion, diced • 2 cups diced peeled fresh squash • 2 cups arborio rice • 6 cups…

Fresh Ricotta 

This easy homemade cheese is wonderful any time of day. For a sumptuous start to your day, serve it with honey and kosher salt on grilled crusty bread; for a simple snack, drizzle olive oil over a large dollop of ricotta, sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes and kosher salt and serve with crusty bread…

Pizza in Japan!

It’s been awhile since I have posted. I am motivated now, and have some exciting things for you!  We’ll be firing up the pizza oven today – can you believe we can’t find firewood in Okinawa? Not that anyone wants to build a fire when it’s 117 with the heat index – but, come on!…

Match-A-Flavor Donuts

Originally posted on delectablediction:
Match-a-flavor Donuts 1 1/2 cup flour 3/4 cup sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/2 tsp *Matcha Green Tea powder (optional) 2/3 cup oil (I used melted coconut oil, but veg or canola oil will work, too) 1/2 cup buttermilk (I made my own…

Chap Chae… A Korean Delight

This year has been an event-FULL year for our family.  Tony came home from his far, far away place; M is still creating some beautiful, functional pottery and continues her education at UNM; A grad… Source: Chap Chae… A Korean Delight

Almond biscotti

Biscotti 1 1/4 cup sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, melted 2 tablespoons brandy or 1 tsp anice extract 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 cup whole almonds with skin, lightly toasted , cooled, and coarsely chopped 4 large eggs, separated 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder…

Oh Happy Day!

25 years ago, I gave birth to a beautiful itty, bitty baby girl…    Happy birthday to my amazing daughter! Steak Tacos with radish salsa 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided 1 pound skirt or flank steak Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems, divided 4 radishes,…

Polpette & Busiate

There are hundreds of cuisines in Italy, not to mention the regional specialties. Then of course you have family secrets ~ the one thing you won’t find, spaghetti and meatballs. Oh, you can have a rich red wine-laced tomato sauce to dip the polpetti, or find miniature versions, almost like the Italian version of […]…

Val’s Chocolate Heaven Cupcakes.

Originally posted on delectablediction:
I finished reading Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich yesterday, and was inspired to make cupcakes.  I have always used a others’ recipes for cakes, but yesterday, I created a chocolate cupcake that is possibly THE best, most tender and tasty cupcake EVER. The problem now?  Naming it: Val’s Chocolate Heaven in a…

no-knead bread

Originally posted on delectablediction:
I have easily made over 500 loaves of bread, and this one has magical powers! Truly! As soon as my son cut into the just cooled loaf, I knew it was going to be amazing; but one look at those marvelous holes*, I was transported! Back to Italy, when long, lazy…

a soup & sandwich kind of day

Originally posted on delectablediction:
Val’s Tomato Soup with Sweet Chile Sauce and Basil soup 2 20 oz jars of homemade tomato sauce or 3 large cans good quality crushed tomatoes 4 cloves garlic, minced 4 basil leaves, sliced in thin ribbons 1/2 bag dry (about 2 cups) Great Northern Beans, cooked 1 cup sweet chile…