The Italian market spanning several blocks on 9th street in South Philly is lined with old-time butcher shops, bakeries, grocers, eateries, and a stellar kitchen supply store. Can’t go there without at least poking my head into Di Bruno Brothers and sampling some of their excellent cheese and charcuterie, and then wandering around Fante’s Kitchen Shop. That’s where … 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

My recent move to Philadelphia came with a small, but very rewarding, first; that is, the first time I’ve ever had space to plant a garden. Enough room for a small raised bed plus an assortment of potted plants. I have four tomato plants, a cucumber plant (which has gotten entirely out of hand and taken … Continue Reading

  Spanikopita or [Greek] spinach pie is well-known in the United States. However, when made with a mixture of greens/herbs it’s referred to as hortopita (xορτόπιτα). You can use any number of greens/herbs in your hortopita — beet greens, kale, mustard greens, dandelion, nettles, amaranth, spinach, sorrel, collard greens, chard, dill, parsley, mint, chervil, oregano, etc. No … Continue Reading

  Was thumbing through Gjelina: Cooking from Venice California (based on Travis Lett’s Los Angeles restaurant of the same name). Hailing from the East Coast, I’ve not had the opportunity to dine at his restaurant. In delving deeper into Lett’s book, I became enamored with his recipes (maybe I’m a West Coast girl at heart; I love … Continue Reading