Patience, Time and Tiramisu

Tiramisu translated means to "pick me up". This rich decadent Italian dessert is a creation of love and passion. When you take a bite of Tiramisu, you almost always have to close your eyes to experience the flavors. Custard, coffee, marsala, chocolate. This recipe is not for the faint of heart. It's delicious and well... Continue Reading →

Raymond Vineyards

Drive north on highway 29. Depending on the time of year, your windows maybe open or the heat will be on. No matter the season, the drive north on highway 29 will be a beautiful view of the mountain ranges west and east. You will be driving into the heart of the Napa Valley. As... Continue Reading →

Pasta Alla Norma

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 →

The Spoon Rest

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 →

Farmer’s Market Eve

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 →

The Blah Zucchini

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 →

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