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Summer is on the way- Time for Pickled Red Onions

I am trying very hard to be optimistic as I sit here in jeans, Ugg slippers, and a warm sweater. It is, after all, May 3rd, and Mother Nature is really holding on tight. None-the-less, the flowers are blooming, and the deck furniture is out so let’s start thinking about grilling and summer food! Pickled red onions are spectacular. They can be used in anything from salad, to fish tacos. The acidity and texture are a welcome addition to summer…

The magic of tomatoes- Sugo all’amatriciana.

It is no secret that I love being Italian and I love to cook. Most Italian food is very simple and, in that simplicity, comes happiness to the senses. Just writing this I can smell this sauce simmering, briefly, on my stove-top. The kitchen aura created an image of my grandmother Amelia, apron around her 4’10” 205-pound frame, wet hands ready to hold my face and kiss my cheek. What I wouldn't give for that kiss just one more time.…

Ready? Set? Create!

Unlike baking, in my opinion, cooking is a blank slate, free from scrutiny, judgment or limitation. Each week, Chip and I make a pizza from limitless possibilities. We have used duck, eggs, peaches, pears, and probably over 2 dozen different types of cheese. Chip is having hand surgery on Monday, so this is our swan song pizza night for a while anyway. This jump started my mind into thoughts of other dinner possibilities for the weekends. I have quite an…

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:…