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Pane al Pistacchio

One of my go-to books for Italian breads is Carol Field’s The Italian Baker. I have had her book for probably 30 years and it’s still one of the best books out there for making rustic Italian breads. The recipes are all easily adaptable and if you...

Leaving Modica, Sicily, May 31, 2014

One year ago, today, we were boarding a plane in Catania to Rome. It was the end of two glorious weeks in Sicily at The Villa Modica. It was tough leaving. Really tough. We had more fun than six people should be allowed to have. We’ve thought of the pla...

Summer Salads – In Spring

It’s been stifling all day. August heat and humidity at the end of May. We really have ceased...

Memorial Day 2015

Memorial Day. The official start of summer and the day people get confused with Veterans Day and Ar...

Escarole and Sausage over Crispy-Cheesy Bread

I was perusing a few of the websites I have linked to this, this morning, and came upon a recipe I ...

Tri-Tip on the Grill

One of my mostest-favoritest things to grill are tri-tip roasts. Tri-tips are really a west coast c...

Cherry Upside-Down Polenta Cake

Ah… what to do with 2 pounds of fresh cherries… If you’re a normal person, you ju...

Strawberry Pie

Strawberries have been looking good. It seems to be kinda early in the season, for me, but… ...

Sunday Dinner

  Spring has finally sprung. Sunny, 80°, chirping birds, and a dog running through the sprinkl...