Taralli, a typical Southern Italian crunchy snack, kind of like a bread stick, but formed in the shape of a ring. They are simply made with flour, olive oil and wine, and flavored with various spices/herbs, like fennel seeds, rosemary, oregano, chili peppers, black pepper, or cheese. Similar to baking bagels (well, proper bagels at … Continue Reading

  It’s summer and that means it’s prime time for tomatoes. Nothing beats fresh, locally-grown tomatoes, especially heirloom varietals (the uglier the better). Like many of you, I eagerly await for these beauties to arrive; and for good reason, a store bought tomato will never taste as good as a tomato that has ripened on … Continue Reading

Haven’t posted in a while given “research” (albeit, unpaid) in Italy; more specifically, eating my way through Rome and Sicily. Came back a few pounds heavier, my wallet a bit lighter, but visited some breathtaking places and savored truly amazing food, including some of the freshest seafood imaginable. This post is on memorable places I … Continue Reading

A few shots from Rome… Of course, you can’t go to Rome without enjoying the food…   And wine… And pastries and other baked goodies…

 This dish just screams SPRING. Well, almost spring. I really wanted to use fresh peas, but due to the typically cold and rainy spring in Chicago, peas have yet to make an appearance at the farmer’s market. However, one of the farmers assured me that peas are on the way. Instead of fresh peas, I … Continue Reading