On a trip to Sicily many 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

After a heavy Thanksgiving meal and next-day leftovers, perhaps a light and refreshing salad is calling your name. This is a delicious, winter-appropriate, grapefruit salad with layers of flavor, texture, and crunch. It’s not your boring old salad by any means. It’s bright and colorful, and certain to wake up your taste buds. Love when … Continue Reading

  It all started with some shrimp shells, which have been accumulating in a large zip lock bag in the freezer.  Finally, several months later, I have enough to make some stock. Do you discard your shrimp shells?  Do you buy your shrimp already peeled?   If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, … Continue Reading

  Who doesn’t love dumpling?  They’re the perfect little bite of food, conveniently wrapped up in a neat little package that you can just pop in your mouth, bursting with flavor. As for making dumplings, the fun (and “difficult”) part is deciding what to fill them with, as the possibilities are endless. Today, I used … Continue Reading

Wanted to try Anson Mills polenta, but they have a four-bag minimum per order.  So, I ordered two bags of polenta, a bag of hominy, and a bag of farro — with no real plan for what to do with them.  Sometimes I have a sudden whim, but then a new idea springs to mind … Continue Reading