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3,675 Miles

It is 3,675 miles from my front porch to Hamm, Germany, plus or minus a mile or two, to the exact location where my son Jack is at this very moment. Here is what I received via text this morning: Let me explain: On Christmas night we packed Jack for the trip to visit friends in Hamm, Germany.  Jack has remained close to the students that visited us here in October of 2016.  What a wonderful experience for Jack, Caroline…

Limoncello a la Pasta on the Floor

Limoncello.  Sheer perfection when lemon and sugar meet alcohol.  I took my first crack at a batch of Limoncello.  I initially tasted this lovely liquor when Chip and I were in Italy.  Once outside of Pompeii we had fresh limoncello on a hot August afternoon and again in Capri where the lemons on the lemon trees were large and beautiful. Here is a simple recipe that proved perfect. Try it. What you Need: 10-15 lemons- find some that have thick…

Polenta with Lobster & Mushroom Medley

This is just a spectacular dish and for a summer evening it is fairly light.  I just threw this together based on what I had in the kitchen and what I could get from local sources.  This can be divided into ‘small plates’ or as a main course.  It may look like a lot or work but it is quick and simple- maybe 30-45 minutes! What you need and what to do to make the Polenta: I love the basic…

Grilled Scallops with Peach & Corn Salsa

It is still summertime even though the sky stays darker in the morning and sets a bit earlier in the evening. The temperatures hover around 80 degrees in Upstate New York so the desire for a light dinner or appetizer is still present.  This is a wonderfully healthy and light option for dinner or an appetizer and served with Prosecco or a Riesling is spectacular.   You can grill a baguette to accompany the dish. What you need: 1 pound of…

Macaroni tonight: Bucatini with Limoncello Sauce

Growing up in an Italian household with a stay at home mom, dinners were simple and inexpensive.  Macaroni or pasta as kids today call it was a cheap and effortless way to feed your family. Throw in some meatballs, old chicken or left-over pork chops and you have a meal!  Wednesday was indeed Prince Spaghetti Day in my house. Macaroni is such a wonderful thing.  Banished by so many health enthusiasts and waist watchers as a bad carb, macaroni in…