Today, homemade pasta therapy  — a quick and much-needed respite from the craziness of the world. There’s something therapeutic about homemade pasta. Perhaps it’s the joy of creating something by hand. Creating art in the form of food, thinking about how it will be presented on the plate (after all, we eat with our eyes … Continue Reading

Cheese is my weakness. Cupcakes don’t do it for me. Ditto for donuts. But give me a hunk of cheese and now we’re talking. One of my favorite cheeses is a raw, Basque sheep’s milk cheese, Ossau-Iraty, that I discovered at a farmers’ market in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France (before the start of my Camino de Santiago last year). … Continue Reading

Am always on the hunt for new flavors and dishes (at least ones that are new to me). So, upon stumbling across Okonomiyaki, a Japanese savory pancake of sorts, I was immediately intrigued. Okonomiyaki translates into “grill as you like” — okonomi (“as you like” or “what you wish”) and yaki (“grill”). Traditionally, okonomiyaki are prepared on Japanese … Continue Reading

Now that it’s officially autumn, I think it’s appropriate to start talking about soups and stews. I love soup (and stews) and could eat it any time of year. I find that a big pot of soup on the stove top or a stew that’s been braising for hours makes the colder months all the more tolerable. … Continue Reading

I’m always in search of ways to prepare “greens” beyond my usual routine of sautéing them in a pan with olive oil, fresh garlic, salt and pepper (and often, a generous dash of of hot sauce). Gnudi are an Italian (Tuscan) classic. As the name implies, gnudi are literally nude (nudi/naked), the ravioli filling without it’s … Continue Reading