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

the last of the nectarines

Well, the weather here has turned cool and damp — I have hopes that we will have a few more warm days yet, but I can still celebrate the end of summer with some gorgeous nectarines I found in the … Continue reading

pesto

I planted basil in early June, and have harvested it for so many things this summer — but now, it’s beginning to bolt, so it’s time to harvest it and put away a bit of summer, to enjoy when the … Continue reading

hummous

Hummous is an extremely popular snack from Middle Eastern countries across north Africa to Turkey. The Moors brought their cuisine to Spain when they emigrated hundreds of years ago, so you will find hummus in Spain as well! As a … Continue reading

summer coolers, peaches & ginger!

I absolutely adore sitting on my patio, nibbling on a delicious nosh, and sipping a cool, refreshing beverage. A couple of my friends introduced me to two of my new favorites for this year: a gin and tonic spiked with … Continue reading

early summer vegetables anyone?

The evenings are still quite cool here in June, so a warm dinner is just what I need. Having just made a trip to the farmers market, I had loads of early summer vegetables on hand, so, I turned to … Continue reading