D. W.’S SECRET SAUCE

“BAM” Emeril Lagasse Hi There, All cultures have some variety of pepper plants, of differing intensities, that they cultivate and use to add that “BAM” to their cooking. Archaeobiologist have discovered that ancient peoples were enjoying spicy food made with hot peppers even before they got around to inventing pottery. Today I am going to…

COQ AU VIN – a chicken in every pot

Hi there, Valentine’s Day seemed the perfect time to show my love by serving Coq au Vin. This dish has been around forever and has an interesting history. Legends point to the existence of this dish to ancient Gaul and Julius Caesar. The rooster was a symbol of valor to the Gauls. Besieged by the…

COQ AU VIN – a chicken in every pot

Hi there, Valentine’s Day seemed the perfect time to show my love by serving Coq au Vin. This dish has been around forever and has an interesting history. Legends point to the existence of this dish to ancient Gaul and Julius Caesar. The rooster was a symbol of valor to the Gauls. Besieged by the…

COOKING WITH FRIENDS

“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.”   – Elsa Schiaparelli Hi there, Today I want to share with you a recipe that my dear friend Roe shared with me. Roe is a wonderful cook and even more wonderful friend. She grew up in an area that is affectionately known as South Philly….

Scrippelle ‘mbusse(Crepes for Shrove Tuesday)

“A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.” Abraham Maslow Hi there, I hope you won’t be bored with another soup type recipe. This recipe comes from the Abruze Region of Italy where surprisingly it gets cold in the winter. There is a very charming story about how this soup came about. Tradition…

WEEKEND COOKING

If a recipe has the word PIZZA in it, it is absolutely guaranteed that I will read it. I think pizza is an aphrodisiac. What follows are three recipes that caught my eye this week that had the word pizza in the title. “You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry…

PASTA E CECI ALLA ROMANO

“Everything you see I owe to pasta.” SOPHIA LOREN Hi there, Last week we had a winter storm that dumped a lot of snow over the course of two days. On “snow days” my thoughts always run to a nice warm homemade pot of soup. I started to go through my pantry to get inspired…

WEEKEND COOKING

With Super Bowl Sunday fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to share with you three easy and delicious finger food recipes. “You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” Paul Prodhomme Football season is snack season, and finger food is the name of the game. Why not take advantage of this…

LOVE AND CHOCOLATE

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”  ― Charles M. Schulz Hi there, I am goofy, over the moon in love with my grandchildren. And probably my best way of showing love is to make the object of my devotion something to eat. So, I spent the other morning…