Panini Girl

My obsessions-Italy and Cooking


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 13, 2012


Yes You Can!

There’s a certain mystique associated with souffles. The word conjures up images of a dimly lit French cafe-crisp white linens, a carafe of wine and expectations of of a dish light and fluffy, something you would never make at home. Well, you don’t have to travel to France to experience this. You-yes you-can make a […]

August 26, 2012


Got Tomatoes?

Don’t you just love August? It doesn’t get much better for fresh tomatoes and we’ve been eating them every single day. I’ve posted this recipe in the past but it’s just too good not to repeat again this summer. I think it’s the perfect light lunch showcasing the best of the season. This might look […]

July 27, 2012


The Perfect Summer Side Dish

What’s not to love with a dish that includes juicy cherry tomatoes nestled in a bed of creamy baked ricotta cheese? I came upon this recipe many years ago in the magazine section of the Sunday New York Times. I remember being drawn in by the gorgeous photo and the utter simplicity of putting it […]

June 26, 2012


Scarpaccia Viareggina

I am so happy that I discovered this recipe at the beginning of the summer season. Zucchini is definitely coming into its own and this dish is the perfect starter to any meal or a tasty light lunch served with a green salad. I’m sort of surprised that I haven’t tried this before now. It […]

June 6, 2012


Holding Onto Italy

I’ve already talked about Bringing Italy Home here and here last year and here the year before. If you’ve ever been to Italy you know how many incredible items there are to stuff into your suitcase. Once home I try to insert a little bit of Italy into each and every day. I make my […]

May 31, 2012


Woo Me With A Sformato

I first tasted a sformato a few years back when we stayed in Acqui Terme at the charming Baur B & B. We dined in town one evening at a lovely restaurant recommended by Diana, the innkeeper. The menu was in Italian and although I understood most of it, I had no idea what to […]