anise caps aka ‘white caps’

These cookies, also knowns as ‘white caps’ due to their white tops, were a family favorite made by my Italian great grandmother. I hope they bring the same joy to your family as they did to mine. Even if you … Continue reading

Thanksgiving HELP!

All of the information, techniques and recipes you need to prepare a successful, delicious meal! Please feel free to use these links as a resource in your holiday meal preparation, and enjoy the fruits of your labor with friends and … Continue reading

it’s all about the gravy….

Uh huh! at my house, it’s all about the sauce, and for turkey, that means gravy! The very best gravy begins with a flavorful stock and great pan drippings. Using the right flour will give you a silky smooth sauce, … Continue reading

stabilized whipped cream

Sometimes you need whipped cream for dessert, but don’t want to have to whip it at the last possible moment. Well, take note from seasoned pastry chefs, and make ‘stabilized whipped cream,’ it will keep up to 2 days in … Continue reading

VERY vanilla ice cream

Vanilla ice cream need not be boring! This classic dessert can be downright AMAZING and sophisticated.   Print VERY Vanilla Ice Cream Course Dessert Cuisine American Ingredients 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup sugar 1 tbsp corn syrup salt generous … Continue reading

vanilla!

Vanilla — frequently used as a term to describe a lack of style, creativity, or taste. But great vanilla flavor can be sophisticated, even sexy! What’s the big deal about vanilla? I think vanilla is similar to a fine wine – … Continue reading

Chicken Normandy

It’s apple season and what better way to enjoy the best of fall with a delicious dinner where fresh apples are the star attraction.  This meal always reminds me of my visit to the beaches of Normandy France, which at … Continue reading

limoncello

Aha! I spied Meyer lemons in the market — that means it’s time to make limoncello! I first tasted limoncello in Sorrento, Italy, many years ago. Many years later, I was introduced to the creamy version. They are both decadent … Continue reading

Tweaking my gnocchi recipe

I’m quite proud that my new daughter-in-law prefers my potato gnocchi to anything she has found in the best Italian restaurants. My gnocchi is, by my own account, excellent, but last night it got even better! I have been thinking … Continue reading

peach plum burrata salad

This past Saturday, the first one of Autumn, was one of those days you just wanted to take a bite out of, and savor! We chose to spend our afternoon at Pike’s Place Market. Ahhh, it’s always inspiring to see … Continue reading