Panini Girl

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December 13, 2014


Sweet And Sour Onion Confit

I’ve been a cooked onion lover from way back. As a child I had the honor of snagging the onion that was nestled besides my mother’s Sunday roast. Soft, gooey and full of caramelized goodness I savored each and every bite. As a grown up I can’t say that I’ve continued the tradition of a […]

September 21, 2014


Tomato Onion Tart

You can tell that summer is winding down when butternut and acorn squash start showing up on the tables at the farmers’ market. I am craving autumn and the cooking that comes along with cooler weather and yet I can never seem to be able to let go of fresh tomatoes. Happily there are still […]

August 11, 2014


Eggplant Meatballs

I have a thing for meatballs. I grew up peering into the frying pan in my grandmother’s kitchen on Sunday mornings in hopes of scoring one before they went into the gravy (sauce). I still am a sucker for them along side a plate of spaghetti as long as I know the cook! There’s nothing […]

July 21, 2014



Need I say more? I’m a little overwhelmed, but more than willing than work my way through these tomatoes! Here are a few old favorites that I see in our future: Tomato Tart Scalloped Tomatoes Frittata di Pane Stuffed Tomatoes And of course-Bruschetta I did try a new and very simple dish from a book […]

March 20, 2014


It’s Finally Spring!

You know that spring has arrived when you see fresh fava beans at the farmers’ market. Yes, they do involve a bit of work, but the flavor of the freshly shelled beans will more than make up for your efforts. I was looking for a simple appetizer and decided to make crostini with fava bean […]

March 10, 2014


Curried Crab & Scallop Cakes

What is it about crab cakes? I see them on a menu and feel that I have to give them a go. I walk into a party and someone is passing a tray and I’m right there and I’m taking more than one. Is that okay? I’m a fool for crab cakes and have been […]

January 20, 2014


Herb Marinated Goat Cheese

I came across this idea in the latest issue of Food & Wine and wondered why I had’t done this before. I seem to remember making a version of this years ago with dried herbs but I can now say that fresh herbs is the way to go. I say “idea” rather than recipe because […]

September 2, 2013


Tomatoes-‘Tis The Season

I’ve talked about this tart before, but it’s certainly good enough to share with you again. I make this year round and seeing that right now is peak season for tomatoes I couldn’t resist whipping one up with the last of the plum tomatoes from our garden. I’m dedicating this post to my good friend […]

July 3, 2013


Let There Be Plums!

Last week I was the recipient of a huge bag of plums. I’m talking pounds and pounds of them. I immediately thought of chutney and started looking for jars to fill. One of the best things about working with plums is that they don’t have to be peeled. The skins magically melt into the flesh […]

May 21, 2013


Olive Oil-Local And Luscious

I grew up in an Italian family and so I am no newcomer to olive oil. There was always a large colorful tin in my grandmother’s kitchen and the simple salad that she served at the end of our Sunday lunch was simply dressed with olive oil and vinegar. If I was lucky there was […]