Pasta Alla Norma. The first time I heard mention of this dish was in Eldorado County which lies east of Sacramento. This beautiful area has rolling vineyards and big wines. Our friend and winemaker John Miller talked about his favorite Italian dish called "Pasta Alla Norma". I'm from the northern part of Italy and wasn't… Continue reading Pasta Alla Norma
Milano. Italia. A long glorious weekend spent with my family. It's part of what makes my life so enchanting. I, yes me, I get to experience what many people only dream about, live and breathe life in Italy as a local. It's my born heritage. In fact, it's even my birth certificate. I am an… Continue reading The Spoon Rest
Tomorrow I'm looking forward to bringing out my inner farm girl. No, I'm not digging, planting or harvesting. I am going to meet my friend June at one of our local Farmer's Markets. We'll mingle with hundreds of people as we get to select from the winter's bounty from our local farmers and vendors. I… Continue reading Farmer’s Market Eve
Pull up a chair and chat with me for a few minutes. I just came home from Trader Joe's and put a bottle of Pinot Grigio in the freezer. It should be nice and chilled soon! It's been a long while since I've done any writing. One of my friends fired up on Facebook and… Continue reading It’s Good To Be Back
Let's face it, zucchini is versatile because on it's own it has very little flavor. This is why it is a perfect vegetable that we can add to cakes, muffins, stir-fry, pasta etc. I've even had it on pizza...I loved it! Yesterday I made one of my favorite zucchini recipes from The American Academy in… Continue reading The Blah Zucchini
On a recent Friday late afternoon, we sailed on a Catamaran Sailboat cruising along the American Riviera. Perfect weather, a special birthday celebration for one of our friends, and of course clinking glasses of fine wine. Riding the waves and feeling the salty air fill my lungs once again reminds me of how blessed John… Continue reading Sea Breeze
Pasta, the ultimate comfort food. I have several years of Bon Appetit magazines filed by month rather than by year. So for instance all of my May issues are all together etc. I like to arrange my cooking magazines this way so I can look through recipes that will be seasonal to our local Farmer's… Continue reading Saffron Pasta with Pork and Tomato Sauce
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