Panini Girl

My obsessions-Italy and Cooking


February 17, 2017


Mushroom & Taleggio Pie

I’ve been looking for an opportunity to use this box of puff pastry that I bought at Surfas-the restaurant supply store. Since it was sort of pricey I was hoping that it would be a step above the Pepperidge Farm brand that I usually pick up at the grocery store. I was cleaning up some […]

November 15, 2016

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Favorite Fall Veggies

I had the luck of recently visiting the Santa Barbara Farmers Market and as always, it was one huge source of inspiration. I left laden with bags of autumn vegetables and couldn’t wait to get home and start cooking some of my ¬†favorite dishes. As much as I will miss summer tomatoes, peppers and zucchini, […]

October 27, 2016


Carabaccia-Florentine Onion Soup

  Do you know Emiko Davies? If not, let me introduce you. Emiko is an Australian (actually half Japanese, half Australian) who made Italy her home. Having lived there for many years and married to an Italian, this passionate cook has a blog that chronicles her love for the food of Tuscany, specifically that of […]

October 13, 2016


Vegetable Pot Pies

I am a pot pie lover. I suppose my earliest memory of pot pies were the ¬†ones in little aluminum pans made by Swansons-what a treat they were! Fast forward many years to my dinner delivery business where we sold individual chicken pot pies ready to pop in the oven for one very easy dinner. […]

October 7, 2016


Tomato Stack Salad

The calendar might say October, but here in sunny San Diego we recently had the warmest week of the year (104 last Sunday-ugh). At the farmers market today I noticed that in addition to the usual assortment of vine ripened tomatoes there were a few vendors selling butternut and kabocha squash. How exciting I thought, […]

July 23, 2016


Summer Stuffed Veggies

I love the surprise of slicing into a stuffed vegetable and seeing the filling spill out. Zucchini, especially the ball variety, are perfect for stuffing. The first time I made stuffed zucchini was after returning from a trip to Italy. I had spied them in the window of gourmet shop in Lucca and after one […]

July 14, 2016


Tomato Tart

  Our tomatoes are in, despite the constant battle with the squirrels who seem to think they are entitled to first choice. Thankfully our plants are flourishing and we have plenty, even if we have to share with these annoying intruders. We’ve been eating caprese salads, tomato sandwiches, and bruschetta. I’ve been sharing bags of […]