Basta Pasta

There’s a new pasta in town…gone are the days of using ricotta for pasta al-forno. Have you ever wondered why your perfectly prepared pasta, with the succulent sauce seasoned just right, noodles with the just-right bite of al dente, turns just a bit dry? Its the ricotta. Trust me.  Next time you have un gusto…

no-knead bread

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 lunches on the terrazzo…

salad to go ~

What a Christmas! While missing Mom & Dad, brother and sisters-in-law, the bustle of nieces and nephews, we had a full house with all three kids and our Grandson, Levi Gabriel! We took a little side trip to Jackson, Wyoming, where we enjoyed tubing, the incredible scenic views and an educational sleigh ride through the…

Salad ~ the Italian way!

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. – Voltaire Once you try insalatina di petto di pollo e verdure con guanciale all’aceto balsamico, you may never go back to what you knew salad to be ~ no, really!  It is…

Victory Garden

plant a victory garden. Our food is fighting. A garden will make your nations go further. From a National Garden Bureau poster, circa 1939-1945 In wartime, patriotic families cultivated “Victory Gardens” to promote self-sufficiency and help the war effort. Backyard Salad 4 c greens 1/4 c fresh dill 1/4 c fresh flat-leaf parsley 4 large…