Panini Girl

My obsessions-Italy and Cooking


August 24, 2012


Braised Chicken With Capers

About a month ago I found fresh caper berries at my farmers’ market and decided to give them a go. A few weeks in salted water and they were ready to use. I drained them, packed them in a jar with salt and popped them into the fridge, just waiting for the right recipe. When […]

June 8, 2012


Passage To India

Contrary to popular belief, I do cook more than just Italian food. I love the cuisine of India and although I can’t say that I’ve been to a lot of Indian restaurants, I have prepared some pretty awesome Indian meals thanks to one cookbook-Indian Home Cooking-by Suvir Saran. I bought the book some years back […]

May 26, 2012


An Ode To Nerbone

On our very first trip to Florence we were lucky to stumble upon the wonderful Mercato Centrale, the city’s premier food market. Considering we didn’t even know it existed, we felt like we had made the discovery of the century. I could spend hours in here browsing the many food stalls, but for J., there’s […]

February 16, 2012

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Cheater’s Chile Verde

Knowing it was going to be a stormy day I spent the morning trying to come up with a comforting sort of dish for supper. Originally I thought maybe chile or perhaps a chicken pot pie. I wanted it to be a one pot meal and something with a little spice to it. If I […]

January 24, 2012


Chicken And Dumplings-A Blast From The Past

I’ve never made dumplings. I have fond memories of ones my mother made and served in her beef stew. They probably were made with Bisquick and I loved them. Maybe my recollection is jaded, but I remember them being light and fluffy and not at all heavy. Would my attempt measure up? What got me […]

January 19, 2012


Roast Chicken With Tuscan Chard

This recipe has been in my file for years. Every time I go in search of some other recipe, I stumble upon this one and think that at some point I will actually try it. Well, tonight’s the night. I had the chicken and the ricotta and only needed to head to the market for […]

January 9, 2012


My Personal Stockpile Of Pollen

Many months ago back in the height of summer, I set off down the street to pick some wild fennel, which grows in my neighborhood. It wasn’t the first time that I picked some of this fragrant plant, but this time I went out more than once and brought home a few big bundles. I […]

November 16, 2011


From Wall Street To Your Street

I’ve told you about my new found favorite food section-the Off Duty section of the Saturday Wall Street Journal. There are more interesting recipes here than any of the other food sections I peruse. Last week I saw two that I knew I would try immediately. One was for “Almost Confit Chicken With Melted Garlic” […]

October 24, 2011


Polenta Perfection

With the coming of cooler weather I’m happy to break out my fall favorites. I had a craving for chicken cacciatore and planned on making pasta to serve along side. As I was searching through the cupboard for the perfect shape, I suddenly remembered about the polenta that I had carried home from Italy and […]

July 20, 2011

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Inspired By A Barbecue Sauce

I’m one of those lucky people that can barbecue just about any day of the year. Be it the middle of summer or two days before Christmas, I’m able to head out to the grill and be pretty assured of good weather. I have been out there with an umbrella when an unexpected shower threatened […]