Pesto: What’s in a Name?

Pesto:  What’s in a Name?

It seems to be everywhere…and not just the molto famoso “Ligurian” pasta with potato and green beans or with trofie pasta but dribbled or drizzled on anything you can imagine. But is that really “pesto?” Or, has the term “pesto,” which derives from the Italian pestare, meaning to pound or grind using a mortar and… Continue Reading…

More Adventures With The Big “A”

More Adventures With The Big “A”

I just had my second steroid injection in a month…I can almost throw away my cane! Well, not totally but I sure have a lot more mobility! I want to be able to walk the Appian Way again like I did in this photo!  And I want to be able to spend hours walking around… Continue Reading…

24 Hours in Ferndale

24 Hours in Ferndale

OK, so it’s not Italy! But what the heck, it’s a trip out of town! The story began last year before our trip to Italy, when I had become FB friends with Timothy. Tim was planning on travelling around Italy then returning home via Rome and as luck would have it, we would be in… Continue Reading…

Are You A Food Snob?

Are You A Food Snob?

Are you one of those who doesn’t pick up ready-made meals or other prepared foods? Yeah…us too! I see shoppers at Wholefoods with their baskets laden with these items and was totally blown away by the fridge “walls” stuffed with ready-made meals at M & S Simply Foods in Chelsea, London. It was amazing to… Continue Reading…

Then There Was Cheese!

Then There Was Cheese!

Have you ever had a thought that keeps popping up every now and again? Well…in my case one of these is “daddy, where does cheese come from?” Or should I say “how did we come to have this wonderful stuff called cheese?” Every time I watch someone making cheese on a T.V. programme I just… Continue Reading…

La Bella Vita Cucina Post

La Bella Vita Cucina Post

My good friend, Roz Corieri Paige who has a great blog called La Bella Vita Cucina, invited me to write a guest post on her website which I was absolutely delighted to do.  She has a wonderful site with recipes from her Italian American background and is a great cook! We “met” a few years… Continue Reading…

Ruth’s “Cook Book”

Ruth’s “Cook Book”

I’m a cook and not a book reviewer. That said, I just finished “Ruth Reichl’s my kitchen year 136 RECIPES that SAVED MY LIFE” and discovered that we seem to share some similar experiences. The year in question was October 2009 when “Gourmet,” magazine, where Ruth was Editor in Chief for 10 years, closed down in… Continue Reading…