January 2010

Four Favorite Markets in Rome

January 27, 2010
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I love markets. I love the beautiful array of produce, the gleaming fish, the wet floors, the smell of meat and flowers. There’s something about a local’s market which can put me in touch with a culture more than any museum, monument or religious structure. Rome is filled with many options for buying food; large wet […]

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Glazed Meyer Lemon and Poppy Seed Cookies

January 23, 2010
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I’ve come to the realization that prolific citrus trees are like summer zucchini; you find yourself using them in every dish possible and then leaving sacks of them on your neighbor’s doorsteps in the middle of the night. I’m not saying I did this, but I know someone who has…. We have an gnarled old Meyer lemon […]

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Japanese Pork and Shrimp Pot Stickers (Gyoza)

January 18, 2010

They say that men have better spatial ability than women. The feminist side of me (yes, I just used the “f” word) says “bosh!” to that theory. Ok the feminist side of me would never use a word like “bosh“, but you get my meaning… Anyway, every time I do something which requires reading a […]

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We have a winner and other announcements

January 13, 2010

Pasta with Butternut Squash and Bacon

Did you leave a comment on the Gemelli with Butternut Squash post? If so, you might be the winner of Giulianno Hazan’s latest book, Thirty Minute Pasta.
I asked you to tell me your favorite pasta or one you’d like to learn and many of you said pesto, ravioli or home made pasta so you can expect I’ll be posting some of those things on the blog in the future.

I used the Random Number Generator, discarded any comments by me or family, and the winning comment is…..

Karen Babb who said, “Favorite pasta is Pesto Pasta Salad and I would love to have a copy of this book. Thanks for posting the contest.”

In other news, if you’re interested to hear some of my thoughts and tips on travel, I was interviewed on the Style & Inspiration Blog this week.


Finally, have you noticed there is now a brand spankin’ new Fan Page on Facebook? You can click on the widget and become a Fan if you’re on Facebook.
I’m trying to get readers involved with daily questions, news and interesting food tidbits, so check it out, leave a comment, ask a question or just say “hi!”

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Customize your own Chocolate Bars with Chocri Chocolates

January 11, 2010

    About a month ago, I received an email from a company called Chocri originally based in Germany and now in the US, asking if I’d like to try their custom-made chocolate bars. Even though I love chocolate, I was busy and put off looking at their web site for a few weeks. When I finally logged in to […]

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Gemelli with Butternut Squash and Bacon and Review of “Thirty Minute Pasta” by Giuliano Hazan

January 5, 2010

Giuliano Hazan is a member of Italian culinary royalty. His mother, Marcella Hazan, is credited with bringing authentic Italian cooking to the United States. In fact, even though I grew up eating my grandmother’s Sicilian-American food, Marcella’s cookbook, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, was one of the first Italian cookbooks I owned which talked about Italian food beyond tomato sauce. […]

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