Month: October 2015

Spice Club from Savory Spice and Coffee Spiced Sausage Rigatoni

Coffee Rub sausage rigatoni2As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I purchase my spices and herbs from a shop in Lincoln Square called Savory Spice. Last week I received an email from the store’s owner, Dave, asking if I’d be interested in taking a look at a new program they were introducing called Spice Club. Sounded very interesting, especially as an excellent gift idea for the upcoming holiday season, so I said yes. (more…)


Vellutata de Ceci (Chick Pea Soup) – Tuscan Vacation Inspiration

Vellutata de ceci - Chick pea soupA few weeks ago, on our last day in San Gimignano, we ate lunch at a small place just off the main piazza called Osteria del Carcere. Despite being just down the street from where all the tourists congregate and queue up for gelato (there’s an award-winning gelateria in San Gimignano) the osteria seemed rather un-touristy. Just our kind of place. As the two of us sat there ooh-ing and ahh-ing over our zuppe (Cheryl had a really garlicky ribollita which she wasn’t sharing much of) I had already decided the vellutata de ceci I had ordered would be the first thing I’d try to recreate when we got home. (more…)

San Gimignano and the Via Francigena, Travel Post Part 2

Via Francigena

Hard to believe Cheryl and I were in San Gimignano going for a hike on the Via Francigena just a week ago. Seems like it was longer than that. What is it about vacation weeks moving too fast and work weeks taking forever? We covered the first part of our Tuscan holiday in my last post so here’s the rest of the trip: some photos from along the Via Francigena and San Gimignano. (more…)

Roaming Around Tuscany – Travel Post, Part 1

San Gimignano

The towers of San Gimignano, there used to be even more!

It’s been 4 years since the last time we were in Italy. Waaaaay too long for me, so all year long whenever Cheryl asked ‘where would you like to travel next?’ I said ‘Italy.’ Every. Time. It seems to have worked because here we are in San Gimignano, Tuscany. Not that I really had to twist her arm much. (more…)

Poulet Normande – Because It’s Fall

Poulet normandeAs the calendar flips to October I feel it is time to start cooking more regularly in the kitchen. This week, in celebration of kicking off fall menus, I decided to make a simple one pot dinner: Poulet Normande, or Chicken Normandy. A delicious, early fall dinner to help warm up the now chilly nights. (more…)