Everyday Focaccia

I know, I know… I’m evil. I am a bread-eating, carb-loving gal who doesn’t believe that all gluten is bad. For thousands of years, all of our ancestors have been making and eating some type of bread, whether flatbread, crispy, cracker-like breads, crunchy-crusted loaves, water, and ground up grains have shaped how we eat. Read…

SSS Kind of Day

~worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy~ Leo Buscaglia

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…