Panini Girl

My obsessions-Italy and Cooking


April 22, 2013


Walnut Bread

I’ve been on a mission to browse through many of the forgotten cookbooks that line my bookshelves. It’s been fun getting reacquainted with some old favorites and finding inspiration for some new dishes. As soon as I saw this recipe for walnut bread in Susan Herrmann Loomis’ book-On Rue Tatin– I knew that there would […]

March 11, 2013


Almond Bread Pudding With Salted Caramel Sauce

Looking for a dessert that will warm your heart, well look no further. I’ve made bread pudding before but something about this recipe from the January issue of Bon Appetit just caught my eye. It probably was the “salted caramel” in the title that did it for me. This recipe looks a lot harder than […]

February 2, 2013


All Cracked Up

I had completely forgotten about this recipe until the week of Christmas when I was thinking about some last minute food gifts. I adore anything crispy and the first time I made these crackers I was thrilled with the outcome. They are perfect dipped in a cheese spread, but I could eat a basketful all […]

December 23, 2012


Bruschetta-Not Just For Tomatoes

I think there’s a misconception that bruschetta means grilled bread topped with tomatoes and basil. Bruschetta is grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil. If you’re using your best oil (which you should be) you could eat your bruschetta just like this. By all means use tomatoes as a topping for your […]

November 7, 2012


Il Forno

What I wouldn’t give for one good bakery within driving distance of my home. In Italy even the smallest towns have at least one. Unlike here in the states there are two very different types of bakeries in Italy-the forno where you’ll find a variety of breads and the pasticceria which offers sweet pastries. I’m […]

September 24, 2012


Roasted Corn & Brioche Pudding

Yes, summer is slowly on its way out and before too long it will be squashes and root vegetables that you’ll see piled high at the farmers’ market. Luckily the fresh corn hangs on almost until Thanksgiving here in southern California and hopefully you still have access to it in your area. I was thumbing […]

September 8, 2012


End Of Summer Lunch

It doesn’t get any easier than this-bruschetta. Now I’m sure you’ve eaten it in various restaurants and probably had it served to you at more than one party as an hors d’ouevres. I’m guessing you also probably remember which ones you really enjoyed and which were sort of mediocre. I’ve had both, including some that […]

July 29, 2012


Focaccia-The Real Deal

Let me thank Nancy Silverton once again for sharing the step by step tutorial for this very authentic focaccia. It’s not the first time that I’ve blogged about it, but I think it’s worth sharing again for my new readers. I’ve tried a variety of focaccia recipes over the years but this is the one […]

June 20, 2012


Feed Me Focaccia

Walk down any main street in Lucca and you’re likely to find a panificio (bakery for bread) with a crowd around the counter. There were three right in the neighborhood of my apartment and I enjoyed heading there after my morning walk on the wall to try something new. On Via Guinigi you’ll find Forno […]

April 24, 2012


Feed Me!

I’m ravenous. I just can’t help myself. From morning to noon to night I am on the hunt for something to eat. I can’t seem to get filled up. I suppose this is a blessing since the choices here are endless and one shop after another seems to be calling out to me. I start […]