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Torta di Patate

When I described what I was thinking of making for dinner, tonight, Victor’s first comment was You’re going to be a force to be reckoned with when you’re retired. I think he was making reference to the messes I was going to create, not my cul...

Mini Cheese Cakes

We were watching Jacques Pepin the other night and he made a mini-cheese cake / souffle that really looked interesting. Jacques is another of my most favorite chefs. No pretense, no huge ego – just really good, sound cooking and technique. I really like ...

Summer Salads

The first day of Summer deserves a salad for dinner. It’s a celebratory meal for a celebratory...

Bean and Wheat Berry Salad

It’s just a couple of days before the official start of summer, but the weather is already scr...

Polenta con Ragù di Carni Bianche

That sounds so much more impressive than polenta with a white meat sauce, doesn’t it?!? But th...

Spaghetti

We don’t seem to eat a lot of spaghetti, anymore. We both love it but Nonna no longer cares fo...

Tourte Milanese

We were watching an old episode of Baking with Julia the other night and chef Michel Richard came on...

Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Tonight’s dinner is brought to you by Cooking Light Magazine. I had dropped my subscription to...

Tapenade-Stuffed Chicken

I have been watching Jacques Pepin on TV since his very first show. I love his food, his style, and ...

Sunday Scones

Sunday scones are becoming a bit of a tradition around here… They’re quick and easy to m...

San Francisco Sourdough

It’s 84° outside – that’s 29°C for the rest of the world – perfect weather...

Golden Beets

Just on the other side of the sweet potatoes are roasted golden beets. They are the beets I used to ...

Walnut Raisin Bread

What fun to be back in the kitchen! It’s been a fun week with Victor cooking – and a day...

Pesto Chicken

It’s Victor’s first week of retirement – and we’re eating better than ever! ...