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Peaches and Pancetta Pesto Pizza

Do these three ingredients, cohabiting on one pizza delight you, or scare you? What have you got to lose? Individually, peaches, pancetta, and pesto are brilliant, but together they sing. I recently posted the recipe for Pesto with a Twist. Use this as a base for your pizza. It is simple, easy, and flexible so add or delete any ingredients as you see fit. This pizza is remarkable, are you ready? What you need: Pesto. Store bought works but give the recipe…

On the eve of Amelia’s 21st birthday

I used an app to countdown to Amelia’s birthday this year. In less than 24 hours my daughter will be 21 years old. Truly legal and grown up in the eyes of the laws of the state of New York....but not in mine. She will forever be a kid, toting a binky, hair in pigtails and being Amelia. This birthday is significant in that it is the gateway to adult life…and adult life is moving ahead at 100 mph. Today…

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…