Oyster Mushrooms with Herb-Roasted Garlic

Oyster Mushrooms with Herb-Roasted Garlic

  Do you have a secret garden? A place where you go to feel like you are in bliss? It doesn’t have to be a real garden. Just a place where your heart feels full. I love farmer’s markets and go there to feed my soul every Saturday morning. For...
The Sicilian Summer - An Elderflower cocktail

The Sicilian Summer – An Elderflower cocktail

I have been a missing in action for the past week. Okay maybe two? If you don’t know by now, World Cup is in full swing, and I have three teams that I support, cheer for, and generally lose my mind over. Italy, Brazil and the USA, of course. I...
Ricotta and Frangelico Coffee Cream

Ricotta and Frangelico Coffee Cream

Crema di ricotta al caffe Frangelico Ricotta and Frangelico Coffee Cream I’ve decided to start running. Not running from anything or to anything, just running for exercise.  What can I say, cooking means eating, and a girl can only eat so many pizzas before clothes start to fit a little...
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Cauliflower, Sopressata and Fontina Frittata This last week has been pretty phenomenal. I was invited to an advanced screening of the new Disney movie “Maleficent”. Absolutely one of my favorite Disney films ever. I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t seen it yet, but I will say that the creativity and beauty of...
Eating with Erica - An Italian Inspired Brunch at Saltyard.

Eating with Erica – An Italian Inspired Brunch at Saltyard.

Last Sunday I was invited to brunch. Not just any brunch. A four course brunch at Saltyard. The Event: Little Black Dress Brunch Host:  Erica Key of Eating with Erica. Chef: Nick Leahy So many Italian and Italian-inspired small plates on this menu. We were given choices for each course, and here is what I...
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Five Souvenirs to Bring Home From Your Italian Vacation

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Rosemary, Thyme and Lemon Roasted Carrots

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