Did all you East Coasters finally finish shoveling out from last weekend’s blizzard?  Hope you stayed put and warm and had a couple of lazy and relaxing days, preferably with a big pot of soup/stew simmering away to keep you warm. That’s how I enjoyed a blustery cold weekend here in Brooklyn, NY, watching one … Continue Reading

  Pasta con le sarde (pasta with sardines) is a dish that I discovered while visiting Sicily a few years back (Oh, Sicily, a positively stunning, tranquil island that I hope to return to soon).  This dish of fresh sardines, wild fennel, toasted pinenuts, and currants/raisins was an eye-opener, a game changer for me.  This … Continue Reading

  Nori (seaweed) tagliatelle.  A tad unusual when it comes to pasta.  Sometimes you need a dash of unusual in your life.  Keeps you on your toes.  Makes life interesting. I was in a cute, little Italian market (in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn) the other day.  They had a nice selection of dried pasta.  One in … Continue Reading

Am curious by nature.  The process, the how and why, intrigue me.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that I was a scientist in my earlier life (my first few jobs out of college entailed working with mice and rats in a laboratory; I quickly learned that such work was not my calling). … Continue Reading

Feels like spring has FINALLY arrived (maybe?).  I see small glimpses. A few flowering trees dotted around Brooklyn. The arrival of ramps. Even some Jersey asparagus at the farmers’ market this past weekend. Spring greens, it’s what I’ve been waiting for/craving all winter long. Can’t wait to get my hands on these guys. Oh yes, … Continue Reading