Pancetta, Garlic, and White Bean Dip

White bean dip is a multi-purpose concoction. Of course, you can eat this dip with  veggies, crackers, and chips, but for the sheer joy of it, you can also mix it into piping hot pasta. The aroma when it hits the hot pasta is just delicious. Below is my take on white bean dip for the holidays. What you need: 8 ounces or so Pancetta- you can purchase it already diced or get the deli to hand cut a chunk…

Holiday absolution.

Ok let me just admit it for us both. Christmas is stressful. There are such pressures to do what you’ve always done or what you think others want you to do. SO many times i hear people say their holiday was "ok", or "stressful", or in some cases, "awful". That makes me sad so here is your 10 second lesson on holiday absolution. Dictionary.com defines absolution as a noun, “act of absolving; a freeing from blame or guilt; release from…

Pizza can be dangerous.

Many of you know that pizza making in our house is a religion. I am the designer, Chip is the creator. We make our own sauce, buy only the freshest ingredients from local businesses and, of course, make our own dough. Yes, it is dedication coupled with a desire for perfection to make your own dough. Perfect ingredients, thank you King Arthur Measuring with precision Mixing at the right speed Kneading for 10 minutes Making pizza dough is time consuming…

From our table to yours…

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! On this day, may I offer some thoughts and blessings to you all? May your: College children be sleeping in their beds this morning as family life returns. (Roll Tide and Go Tigers!) Travels be easy, and your family and friends arrive to your home safely. Table be blessed with wonderful food and wine. (there is no shame in adding a pasta course to your dinner, just saying) Coffee pot be full, your French…

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…