Category Archives: Elements & Ingredients

Red Wine Cookies (Ciambelline al Vino Rosso)

Red Wine Cookies (Biscotti al Vino Rosso) are a delicious way to use up that extra red wine you have on hand!

Red Wine Cookies (Ciambelline al Vino Rosso)  They make a nice gift, along with other biscotti, for almost any occasion: Red Wine Cookies (Ciambelline al Vino Rosso) are the best way to use up leftover red wine. How many times have you had a party or dinner guests and you find a few bottles with…

Day trip to Ariccia in the Colli Albani southeast of Rome

Ariccia's town center

Day trip to Ariccia in the Colli Albani Hills southeast of Rome Sometimes doing exactly what every tourist does when they visit Rome just isn’t what you have in mind and you’d like to experience something different, and perhaps out of Rome’s city center. As it turns out, it’s easy; there are many day trips…

Sautéed Purple Cabbage with Fresh Coriander

Delicious sautéed purple cabbage and fresh coriander

Sautéed Purple Cabbage with Fresh Coriander What I love most about this dish is that it’s downright beautiful. Pantone has established that purple, and all its tonalities, are the food color for 2018 and I concur wholeheartedly. There are so many wonderful purple foods from purple cabbage to beets to eggplant and each one is…

Beet and Ricotta Gnocchi with Wilted Arugula & Toasted Walnuts

Beet and ricotta gnocchi with wilted arugula and toasted walnuts

 Beet and Ricotta Gnocchi with Wilted Arugula & Toasted Walnuts Anything made with beets provides a beautiful splash of color, great flavor and of course tons of nutritional value. One of my favorite lunchtime dishes is gnocchi. I love to make potato gnocchi with all kinds of sauces, or ricotta gnocchi with spinach, broccoli rabe,…

Pecorino Cheese: what is it anyway? And a local Lazio cheesemaker

Pecorino cheese producer in the Cesanese wine producing area near Anagni

On a recent visit to the Cesanese del Piglio wine producing area near Anagni in the Frosinone province southeast of Rome we happened upon a small, delightful pecorino cheese producer. This producer’s cheese was offered as part of a wine tasting and I asked the winemaker if it would be possible to purchase some of…

Green onion and tomato fettuccine

The recipe for green onion and tomato fettuccine came about on a whim at the last minute. We went for our morning walk much later than expected, just before lunchtime. On the way home we stopped by our garden to see what, if anything, was left of last summer’s produce. Oddly enough the long red…

Pumpkin Gorgonzola Risotto

Pumpkin Gorgonzola Risotto is the perfect blend of flavors for a creamy and delicious risotto

Pumpkin Gorgonzola Risotto is the perfect blend of flavors for a creamy and delicious risotto! I love just about all cheeses but if I had to pick one as my favorite it would be Gorgonzola. Gorgonzola has a long history dating back to around 880 A.D. Its exact origin isn’t certain and there are many theories…

Potato Leek Soup

Potato leek soup

Potato Leek Soup is tasty, nutritious and a fabulous comfort food in the winter months. Soups in the wintertime are unbeatable; on a day like today that’s gray and dreary, with a constant drizzle of rain, nothing warms the soul more than a cup of hot soup. It’s our go to dinner all winter long,…

Homemade Yogurt

Delicious homemade yogurt, topped with blueberries

Homemade Yogurt is delicious with fresh fruit, or just plain. The best part is how easy homemade yogurt is to make! Exactly a year ago I made my first trip to India. All the food was amazing but what stood out above everything was perhaps the simplest food of all: yogurt. Yogurt in India is…

Ginger Cake with a Maple Glaze

What makes this Ginger Cake with a Maple Glaze so fabulous is the fresh and candied ginger in the cake! The maple glaze is a great addition to the flavors, lathered and drizzled on top of the cake. I often use ginger in stir fry dishes, or blended with olive oil and soy sauce as a salad dressing….