May 12, 2011


With Sheep You Get …

The sheep are the hint as to why we made the journey up into the Garfagnana. I have a thing for cheese. I dream of someday doing an internship on a farm where I can learn the art of cheese making. When I first decided on bringing a group to Lucca I began the search […]

March 9, 2011


Got Cheese?

Do you like cheese? I’m passionate about it and dream of someday spending time on a farm so I can learn the art of cheesemaking. How cool would that be! I’ve made ricotta in my tiny kitchen, but that’s about it. Would our neighbors mind if I had a few sheep or goats out back […]

January 7, 2011


Tomini Elettrici

I love cheese. In my dreams I am a cheesemaker, tending a small herd of goats or sheep and turning their milk into cheese that I can spread on freshly baked bread for breakfast and wrap up in parchment and twine and give to friends as gifts. That’s in my dreams. I joke with J. […]

August 3, 2010

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Frittata Di Pane

It’s definitely time for tomatoes, even though our poor little garden is struggling this year (thanks to three solid months of cool, cloudy weather). I will not be deterred though and have been buying tomatoes rather than picking them from my plants. I’ve written about this recipe before, but it’s so good that it bears […]

June 18, 2009


Zucchini And Basil Frittata

I’ve had a busy week catching up with friends and getting together always gives me the opportunity to get in the kitchen and create something to feed them! Tonight a few close friends that I used to work with are coming by for drinks and something to munch on and I’ve decided that’s it time […]

April 8, 2009


Torta Di Pasqua

With Easter only a few days away, there’s one thing besides chocolate on my mind and it’s-my grandmother’s Italian Easter pie (also known as Puzza Rustica). I don’t know why I wait around for Easter to make this . It’s so good that it shouldn’t be relegated to one weekend in spring. The ingredients are […]

November 17, 2008


Breakfast Pizza?

As you can see from the photo, I’m not talking about leftover take out pizza. Sure, at some point we’ve probably all had pizza from the previous night for our morning meal. You may have even eaten cold, right out of the fridge. I almost wish I could do that, because that would mean that […]

May 23, 2008


Italian Easter Pie

Growing up, one of the highlights of the Easter holiday (besides all the chocolate that I would eat) was my grandmother’s “Italian Easter Pie”. As far as I can remember, she only made this once a year and I was right there waiting for it to come out of the oven. My grandparents came from […]