Spicy Slow Cooker Pasta for a Fall Day

Pasta with Spicy Cauliflower and Anchovy Crumbs

It's a beautiful fall Sunday here and all I could think of is spending as much time as possible out of doors before the cold weather closes in.  That's why I am so grateful for my slow cooker.  While I took a long walk this morning, and worked in my garden this afternoon, my slow ...

October 20, 2013   9 Comments

Roman Style Fried Zucchini Flowers

Zucchini flowers

Every year for his birthday, Charles asks me to make him a special dinner.  He spends a lot of time planning his menu.  Should he have lobster, spaghetti with clams, steak?  He has a hard time deciding.  But all that is just a lot of talk.  He always comes back to three of his favorites: ...

August 31, 2013   4 Comments


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

Fig Season is Here!

Mission Figs

The season for California figs has begun!  To celebrate, I attended a dinner at Maialino Restaurant in NYC which featured figs in every course from appetizer to dessert.  While you cannot go wrong with a sweet plump fig wrapped in prosciutto, or stuffed with Gorgonzola, the menu was an eye opener as far as creative ...

June 11, 2013   1 Comment


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