I recently saw a cartoon in which a couple was at an Italian restaurant. They asked their server, “We don’t eat pasta, what should we order?” to which the server responded, “a taxi.” 🙂 Busiate is a corkscrew shaped pasta typical to the Province of Trapani in western Sicily. The word busiate is of Arabic origin. The pasta was … Continue Reading

I happily consumed a fair amount of caponata while recently exploring Sicily. You’ll find it on just about every menu. Essentially, caponata is sweet and sour eggplant (agrodolce). Agro=sour and dolce=sweet. At its core, caponata is a combination of eggplant, onions, celery, tomatoes, vinegar, capers, and olives, sweetened with a bit of sugar. Some versions … Continue Reading

In my opinion, summer is by far the best time of year.  Give me sunshine. Give me flip flops, shorts and a tee, that’s when I’m most comfortable. Throw in a lazy day at the beach and I’m as happy as a clam. And of course this…summer’s bounty  — tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, chiles, zucchini, summer … Continue Reading

Had quite the busy day in the kitchen. Somehow a few summer vegetables (okay more than a few, I tend to go overboard when it comes to food)  — baby artichokes, colorful bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and garlic… Turned into… A Greek-meze (mezethes) inspired feast. I ♥ Greece and its cuisine.  Greek food is simple (but by … Continue Reading

These ravioli have a slightly sinister look to them, don’t you think? Instead of caramel apples, which I also made and were a big hit (dipped in homemade salted caramel, toasted coconut, and pecans), we have ‘spooky’ squid ink-striped ravioli with a smoky eggplant filling You might be thinking, who has time to make homemade pasta in … Continue Reading