Category — Recipes


Taste of Honey

Maybe it is because of all the Winnie the Pooh I read in my early years, but I am crazy about honey.  I am constantly on the lookout for local varieties.  My favorite sources are specialty food shops and farmers markets which I visit in my area and when I am travelling.   Each honey ...

July 8, 2013   No Comments


Pastiera 2013

Every year my nieces and I get together to make Pastiera di Grano.  The recipe we use is one I have written about before.  It comes from my Grandmother who was born on the island of Procida in Italy over a hundred years ago.  Of course she never wrote it down, but she taught it ...

March 29, 2013   No Comments

Mediterranean Dieting

Mediterranean Slow Cooker

It's been all over the news recently, yet it is hardly news at all.  We've known since the '80's that the Mediterranean diet is the healthiest around.  I'm talking about eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and olive oil and keeping red meat, animal fats and sugar to a minimum.  It's really not that hard ...

March 6, 2013   1 Comment

Carnevale Feast

The Mediterranean Slow Cooker

Carnevale begins this week.  It is traditionally celebrated as a time for feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.  But how do you prepare a feast when you are busy with so many other things?  With your slow cooker, of course!   I'd like to suggest  Bargemen's Beef Stew, a recipe from my book The French ...

February 10, 2013   2 Comments


MedSlow Cover

Looking for inspiration for comforting slow cooker meals this winter?  How about Chicken with Chorizo, Red Wine, and Roasted Peppers, or Turkey Meatloaf with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Mozzarella, or Pork Ribs with Tomato Balsamic Sauce?  These are just a few of the recipes you will find in my new book, The Mediterranean Slow Cooker, ...

January 15, 2013   2 Comments

Chunky Fig and Orange Jam

Every year in late summer, my friend Tony invites me to have dinner with him under the  fig tree in his Brooklyn backyard.  The massive tree was planted long ago by his Sicilian grandfather and has withstood more than 70 years of the freezing winters we can sometimes have here in New York City.  Today, ...

September 4, 2012   4 Comments