February 24, 2012


A Little Piece Of Puglia On Your Plate

I’m on a baking tear and I can’t help myself! I frequently have a batch of cookies in the works, but lately it’s been all about bread. There’s nothing like waiting, butter nearby, for that loaf to come out of the oven. Inspired by Emiko Davis (check out my blogroll for the link), I couldn’t […]

February 20, 2012


I Married A Pizzaiolo!

There’s no doubt around here that I’m the person in charge of all the activities taking place in the kitchen. I plan the meals, do the shopping and prepare the meals. I suppose you might say I’m a bit territorial about anything that’s related to food in our house. Call me crazy, but if I’m […]

February 15, 2012


Rosemary Semolina Bread

There’s nothing quite like having a loaf of home baked bread coming out of the oven, especially in winter. I’ve been baking bread for years, but I seem to go in spurts. My first attempts at bread making was when I lived in Colorado and I had the altitude to contend with. I seem to […]

February 9, 2012


Grape Leaf And Sausage Pizza

When I first moved to California I was lucky to get a job at a restaurant called Piret’s. The company began as a cooking school and within a few short years a restaurant was added. By the time I came on board there were four more restaurants that really were more like food emporiums. In […]

January 16, 2012


Your Very Own Breadsticks

Even if you aren’t much of a bread baker, I guarantee you that this will be one recipe that you’ll be able to pull off. I was looking for a little something to serve with prosciutto and remembered these breadsticks. I love good Italian prosciutto and had dreams of wrapping the paper thin slices around […]

January 3, 2012


Eat Your Potatoes!

This pizza couldn’t be simpler and I think it’s my new favorite. I make the dough the night before and leave it in the fridge to rise, but you can certainly buy your dough. Maybe it’s the fontina cheese (it’s worth looking for Italian fontina) or the crispy pancetta, but this pizza really is a […]

December 10, 2011


I’m In Print!

I recently discovered that the Los Angeles Times food section has a feature that they call “Our Recipes, Your Photo”. You send in a photo from a recipe that they had in the paper and that you prepared in your home kitchen. Each week the Times selects one of the photos and includes it in […]

November 8, 2011


Forno Campo de’ Fiori-A Must In Rome

We’d never been to Rome. J. thought it would be too much of a big city and acted like it wasn’t important to visit. I thought differently, persevered and finally convinced him that we should add a visit to Rome to our itinerary which included points further north. We landed there at the beginning of […]

October 22, 2011

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Crusty Rolls

Do you Food 52? If you don’t, you really should. It’s a great website founded by Amanda Hesser (of NY Times fame) and Merrill Stubbs. The site is a wonderful resource for recipes from people just like you and me-home cooks. Each week there are contests on a particular theme or ingredient and the readers […]

October 11, 2011

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Crazy For Calzones

A few months back we initiated our Thursday night pizza ritual and every Wednesday I whip up a batch of the overnight dough that we love. It’s fun having a tradition and I enjoy the challenge of creating new pizzas each week. Last week we skipped our pizza meal when we had company for dinner […]