Diluting the “brand.”

Enzo Ferrari built a brand. When you think of Ferrari, you think of Italian excellence in engineering and performance. I like to think that being Italian is a brand of its own. Italian people are special and unique. I can say this because I am 100% Italian and I would not trade that designation for love nor money. However, with that label comes a host of traits and attributes: A deep suspicion of people, especially non-Italians. Family is serious business…

Guest blogger: Triple Ginger Cookies a-la-Ray.

I love pastaonthefloor.com. It brings me great pleasure to talk about it in my travels with people and often times I am fortunate enough to score a guest blogger. In my professional life, I am the founder and President of Put Another Way LLC. We are content writers, website designers and lovers of all things written. In my travels, I meet some super people and Ray is one of them! In chatting one morning while waiting for a meeting to…

Italian Ingredients

Blond Puttanesca, with a twist.

I love the New York Times Cooking website. The authors and chefs inspire me to think outside of my cooking comfort zone and as a result, I have explored foods and regional recipes that I may have never thought to do. While the recipes are fantastic in their own rite, I feel compelled to amend and alter them…I cannot help myself. I strongly suggest you subscribe to the daily/weekly emails for fun and inspiration.  The nominal subscription fee is well…

Nice Melons! Summer Melon Salad.

Summertime smells rival the smell of apples and cider in the fall. Fruit is so plentiful right now and walking through the Troy Farmer’s Market on Saturday it was almost intoxicating. Melons, berries, and peaches are so plentiful. When the temperatures get high and the desire for quick and easy meals are imperative, I look for something I can make and use in multiple ways. This is one of those recipes- Melon Salad. What you need: 1 honeydew melon -…

Italian Style Cowboy Caviar.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with some international influence. It’s summertime and you are stumped with trying to take something new and different to your family or friend’s picnic. Traditional Cowboy Caviar is a super easy 15-minute dish that is hearty and healthy. My sister-in-law Celeste made for a picnic last Sunday. It was spectacular. But that got me thinking: What can I do to this to make it more of a meal and change it up with an Italian…