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

Like many, I eagerly await summer and its splendid tomatoes. Can’t think of many things better than a vine-ripened tomato. This year, I have four tomatoes plants in my backyard. Love plucking the (cherry) tomatoes right off the vine and popping them into my mouth. A sprinkling of sea salt and now we’re talking. So … Continue Reading

  Call it sopa de ajo or garlic soup or ‘vampire’ soup (there’s a healthy amount of garlic to ward off a vampire or, perhaps, a winter cold). To me, sopa de ajo is Spain in a bowl. The addition of chorizo (smuggled back to NYC in my suitcase from a recent trip to Spain), along with smoked Spanish paprika … Continue Reading

Can’t think of a better way to take advantage of and enjoy a juicy, vine-ripened, summer tomato than in Pan con Tomate (Spanish-style toast with tomato). The beauty of Pan con Tomate, the simplicity and freshness of its ingredients. You don’t need fancy heirloom tomatoes (of course, if you happen to have some on hand, by all … Continue Reading

Do you have a favorite ingredient?  Your go-to ingredient in a pinch?  Something you feel eminently excited about? For me, squid often finds its way into my weekly cooking repertoire.  Squid are plentiful, affordable, and, depending on the preparation, take only a few minutes to cook.  Something I can grab on my way home from … Continue Reading