As a born and bred New Yorker (Queens), I’ve eaten (and baked) a few babkas in my life. They were all reasonably good, some definitely better than others. But really, what’s  not to like about the humble babka? I’m talking chocolate babka here. Is there any other? Basically, a sweet brioche-like pastry filled with chocolate (dark … Continue Reading

On a trip to Sicily several moons ago, I first became acquainted with squid ink. Rather, I fell in love with squid ink over a plate of homemade pasta in a thick squid ink sauce in Marzamemi, a picturesque fishing village on the southeast tip of Sicily. It was like nothing I had ever tasted … Continue Reading

If you’ve swam in the ocean and got your feet tangled up in a slimy plant growing on the sea floor, then chances are you’ve encountered seaweed. If you’ve enjoyed sushi at your favorite Japanese restaurant, then you’ve mostly likely consumed seaweed. The vast variety of ‘weeds’ that grow in the sea that we refer … Continue Reading

I have notebook upon notebook filled with handwritten recipes. Something about writing down the recipes appeals to me…the sequence of events, from cookbook/magazine/computer screen/or where ever else I find inspiration — to brain — to hand — to pen-and-paper, is quite relaxing. When I’m feeling especially creative (and nerdy), I might even get out my … Continue Reading

There’s something special about making pasta by hand. It truly is a labor of love.  What better way to spend a rainy, chilly Saturday than sipping wine and making homemade pasta? At least that’s how I planned to happily spend my day. I won’t lie, it’s a process. It takes time to make the pasta … Continue Reading