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Recipe for a Rainy Day: Leek & Thyme Soup

“It never rains in California…but girl let me warn ya– It pours, man it pours.” I always crave soup on a wintery day like today.  Here’s a favorite from The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Soup.  It can be served “peasant style” as shown in the photo or puréed smooth.  (serves 4) Ingredients: 2 pounds leeks 1 pound potatoes […]

Recipe: Truffle Bruschetta

Truffle forest near Assisi, Italy    ON A SIX-WEEK STAY IN TUSCANY and while making my way through several recipe books in the cucina of my wee appartamento, I came across the English edition of “How to make Bruschette.” It is a small, paperback book unremarkable in its appearance, but with many variations on Bruschette and Crostone.*  […]

Pear, Basil & Pecorino Toscano Salad

      From the book Olives & Oranges page 82: 12 oz Pecorino Toscano cheese  4 ripe pears, cored and cut into eighths 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon Vin Santo vinegar or other high-quality mild white wine vinegar 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel or other medium-coarse […]

Goat cheese with honey & a platter of figs

IN CATALONIA, mild goat cheese served with honey is called mel i mató. Similar cheese, like French-style fromage blanc, fresh ricotta, Italian aged ricotta salata, and Greek manouri, are paired with fragrant honey throughout the Mediterranean. In Italy and in the Basque country, aged mountain cheese and sharp sheep’s-milk cheeses are often served with honey […]

…And the livin’ is easy

One of my favorite summer-time recipes I make is by Giada De Laurentis:  Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Salmon, Lemon and Basil. It is light and healthy, but very satisfying, as well—perfect for lunch or a late summer evening. ——I’ve added my own personal twist to her original, so be on the look-out for my notes in […]

Might I suggest…

It’s September—Autumn is on its way. It’s time for the kids to go back to school. Most everyone I know is thinking about school supplies and packing away paraphernalia from their last trip of the summer. I was just out shopping and saw not only Halloween items on the shelves, but Christmas decorations, too!   […]

Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Cheese Salad

This deliciously creamy cheese, pronounced b00r-RAH-tah, is a specialty of Southern Italy, especially the regions of Puglia, Campania, and Basilicata. Burrata was invented in Andria at the beginning of the 20th century. Traditionally made from buffalo’s milk, today most burrata is made from cow’s milk. Classified as a “spun”or “pulled curd” cheese, burrata’s uniqueness lies […]