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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…

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,…

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…

Empty Nest Chicken Rolls

It has been nine days since Jack started at the University of Alabama and 24 hours since Amelia returned to RIT. The nest is empty except for Izzy and her snoring keeps the silence from becoming deafening. Dinners have taken on a new meaning and geared towards a more flexible palate. No more rushing to get someone to work or practice or to the movies. It is silent and still. The kitchen no longer has chocolate milk and apple juice…

It’s corn season: Corn Salsa and Mexican Street Corn  

Years ago, I worked for a wonderful company, based Springfield, IL. I remember the first time I flew into the home office and all I saw were corn fields. Spectacular color from above and tall and majestic from the road. (...and yes guys, I remembered never to cut through a corn field. I did not want to suffocate!) Living in Upstate New York, we have our share of corn too, albeit smaller in field size, but still fresh corn. What…