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I have never been tempted by desserts with savory components. Somehow they always seemed wrong to me, so when I developed a craving for basil gelato I was surprised. Maybe it started with gorgeous peaches. Bart brought home a dozen of the most fragrant and perfectly ripe pieces of fruit I have seen all summer. […]
What beans! What character! The humble cicerchie, Lathyrus sativus, with their hearty flavor have been a character on the world food scene for thousands of years. Paleobotanists have determined that cicerchie came to ancient Rome from Greece, having first made their way from the Near East along the northern coast of the Mediterranean. The ancient […]
Call it a cooler. Call it refreshing. And call our weather hot, hot, hot. For the last few days I have been looking for cool, but not too sweet drinks, and I came up with this one. In our house watermelon defines summertime, and since it’s still watermelon season, I thought I would use it […]
Move over Limoncello. Acqua di Cedro has arrived. This clear liqueur is made with citron, cedro in Italian (botanical name – Citrus medica.) Poor unattractive and underused citron, aside from its candied peel used for Christmas baking, it is pretty much ignored in my kitchen. Not so however on my dressing table where its essential […]
This is Part 2 of a series – The Corzetti Files For detailed information and photo essays on how to make corzetti, along with recipes, please delve further into The Corzetti Files: Edible Art, The Corzetti Files – Part 1 The Intagliatore of Chiavari, The Corzetti Files – Part 2 Corzetti agli Spinaci con Gorgonzola, […]
Well, I walked out into my garden yesterday morning and I started picking Juliet tomatoes. And I picked. And I picked. By the time I finished I was astounded at the morning’s yield from one plant. And in just a couple of minutes. Astounded, I say. There were four and one-half pounds! First off I […]