Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done. — Anonymous For the Thanksgiving holiday I contemplated making one of several different kinds of fabulous desserts—a pumpkin cheesecake, a cranberry and walnut tart, a pecan praline pie, and a fruit galette.… Read More
What’s a Kohlrabi?
At a recent trip to my local farmers market, I came across kohlrabi. To be honest, I had no idea what it was nor did I have the slightest idea of what to do with it. This sputnik-shaped vegetable intrigued me. I asked the farmers for advice and immediately bought a few to begin experimenting at… Read More
Fun Friday Play Date
On Friday afternoon I hosted my first play date. Since I like to entertain, cook and bake, I enjoyed the planning and preparation for this small event almost as much as I enjoyed spending the afternoon talking, eating and socializing with friends. Play date is an expression used mostly in the US for a pre-arranged… Read More
Popular in southern Italy, a Tiella is a beautifully layered vegetable dish that often contains tomatoes, potatoes, and zucchini. Its name refers to a deep earthenware baking dish as well as anything cooked in that dish. A Tiella, however, can also be cooked in other baking dishes. Every region in Italy has their own favorite version of Tiella—variations for ingredients… Read More
I love cooking, but what’s even more fun is cooking together with a friend who loves to cook just as much as I do. Last week a friend of mine who is an excellent cook, baker and hostess suggested we prepare a dish together. She shared a lovely recipe for ratatouille spirals and within seconds… Read More
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité National motto of France July 14th was La Fête Nationale for France. Also known as Bastille Day, this national holiday celebrates France’s freedom from monarchial rule and coincides with the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, a large French jail that was a symbol of the King’s power. Very similar to… Read More