I love pasta. I love eating pasta. I love making pasta. I love rolling pasta out by hand; I find it therapeutic. In fact, a couple years back, I did a one-week pasta class with a former chef from Flour + Water while at the Dublin Cookery School in Ireland. It was such a fun week … Continue Reading

So, how does one continually find inspiration in the kitchen; in other words, what the heck should I make for dinner tonight? That age-old question. Personally, there’s typically an ingredient that is the catalyst; an ingredient that piques my interest. Sometimes it’s an unusual ingredient (e.g., a new found love for lovage) that I’m excited … Continue Reading

  In my humble opinion, the calendar does not announce the official start of spring (for 2015, spring commences on March 20).  Rather, the arrival of the first ramps (aka wild leeks) is the telltale sign, the harbinger, that spring is upon us.  Ramps are the quintessential sign of spring; the sign that spring has … Continue Reading

Crisp autumn days call for comfort food.  As the leaves begin to fall, thoughts turn to nourishing soups and stews.  For me, comfort food is best enjoyed in the form of a big bowl of steaming hot seafood chowder.  Dishes like this truly soothe the soul. This chowder was inspired by a trip to Ireland earlier … Continue Reading

I was one of 40 food bloggers invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Colombo Marsala & Toscana Saporita Recipe Challenge.  From there, the competition was pared down to a lucky 12.  What an honor to be amongst the finalists. The challenge: Create an original recipe — based on creativity, taste, and visual appeal — … Continue Reading