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 […]

May 29, 2012


Bringing Italy Home

It’s no secret that I have a thing for cheese, especially pecorino. I’ve gone way off the beaten path more than once to go to the source and see this cheese being produced at a farm in what seemed like the middle of nowhere. There’s just something that about pecorino that I can’t seem to […]

May 7, 2012


Pecorino Fresh From The Farm

It all starts with the sheep being milked twice a day (sounds like a lot of work to me) and the milk is then held in a temperature controlled receptacle until it’s time to make the cheese. The milk is poured into this amazing copper cauldron sitting over a flame and rennet is added. I’m […]

February 6, 2012


For The Love Of Formaggio!

Many years ago while living in Boston I discovered a shop called “Formaggio Kitchen”. It was here that I learned that the word formaggio was Italian for cheese. It was also where I learned what it meant to buy cheese from different countries, worlds apart from what I had been buying in the grocery store. […]

October 21, 2011


Today In Panini Girl’s Kitchen

I had the best day today! I have a friend who is planning on adding goats to her property. Can you say jealous? I have always wanted to make cheese and that’s her plan once she actually has goats munching on her weeds. In the mean time she’s been buying fresh (unpasteurized) goat’s milk from […]

June 4, 2011


Are You Ready To Eat?

After making pasta in Italy with eggs that had yolks the color of oranges, I decided to spring for a dozen of free range eggs at the farmers’ market. I’ve purchased them before and yes, they are tastier and fresher than the grocery store variety. I suppose I don’t buy them all the time because […]

May 21, 2011


A Dessert Fresh From The Farm

Ricotta cheese. Most of us probably associate this cheese with lasagna or a filling for ravioli. The word ricotta actually means re-cooked and is made with the whey that is left over after another cheese is produced. You’ve all heard of “curds and whey”-well the curds get formed into cheese and the whey that is […]