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…

WEEKEND COOKING

With the Lunar New Year coming soon, I thought it might be fun to do some Chinese Food. “The cool thing is that now that people have made this evolution where cooking is cool, people are doing it on weekends, they’re doing their own challenges. It’s back to cooking. And it’s real cooking.” — Emeril Lagasse  The…

Brisket Two Ways

“The only time to eat diet food is while your waiting for the steak to cook.” Julia Child Hi there, A few weeks ago I made a brisket in the slow cooker. Slow cooking is a favorite way for me to prepare foods. I use my cooker all the time for all kinds of projects….

WEEKEND COOKING

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not all all. Julia Child Hi there, I got to thinking about Valentine’s Day this week and that has prompted me to share with you these three recipes that would be delicious and fun to make for Valentine’s Day or any day for…

Leftovers, anything but leftover

“What I learned being a young child was respect for food. Don’t throw anything away.” Lidia Bastianich Hi there, The other night for a vegetable side for dinner I made sautéed mushrooms and spinach. Well, as is fairly typical (because I still haven’t learned the art of cooking for two), I ended up with quite…