Ciao and Cheerio!

Saturday afternoon, Chip and I drove to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx to meet my cousin Angela and her husband, Adrian (Herbie) for lunch. I have not seen my cousin in over 20 years, yet we have experienced each other’s lives, pictures, and families via Facebook. We were long overdue to get together. Looking for food comfort in our Italian roots, we selected the San Gennaro Restaurant. Chef Gennaro is a warm and engaging master of Italian food with a Naples…

Bread. Say no more.

It is safe to say that the human race, on the whole, is obsessed with bread. From the 1987 hit movie, Moonstruck, staring Nicholas Cage and Cher, comes a great quote about bread: Ronny Cammareri: “They say bread is life. And I bake bread, bread, *bread*. And I sweat and shovel this stinkin' dough in and out of this hot hole in the wall, and I should be *so* happy! Huh, sweetie?” Is bread life? When you don’t feel well,…

Pomegranate Molasses:  Is there such a thing?

Yes, there is, and it is spectacular. On this beautiful fall Halloween afternoon, I want to share this recipe and the various ways you can use it. It is quite fitting for Halloween as the color is a syrupy, deep red. See below for some suggested uses. What you need: 4 cups pomegranate juice- get the good stuff 1/2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice Zest of a fresh lemon, maybe a teaspoon or so What to do:…

pasta per pizza facile per i principianti

(Easy Pizza Dough for Beginners) Good dough is the foundation for a good pizza, next to, of course, good sauce. I have played with numerous recipes and have finalized on this combination of King Arthur’s Basic Dough and a recipe used for Utica Classic Tomato Pie. Both sources have answered my questions on the variations I have added, and I speak from the heart when I say this is pretty darn good. What you need: 2 ¼ cups of warm…

If you are going to make an apple crisp…

…then make it right, make it rich and eat it. Enjoy it without guilt or remorse for that diminishes the beauty of the treat. It is fall and the time is now for fall foods and treats. Nobody does baking like King Arthur so here in its entirety is the Classic Apple Crisp recipe from our friends at King Arthur: What you need for the filling: 3 pounds whole apples, to yield 2 pounds peeled, cored, and sliced apples; about…