Beef and Farro Soup

Tuesday was election day and since neither of us were very enthusiastic about watching the returns I thought the least we could do for ourselves was to have a nice dinner. Unfortunately, I started too late and didn’t braise the beef long enough. Not quite as tender as it should have been. So I didContinue reading “Beef and Farro Soup”

Ducketta – Elevating My Charcuterie Game

What’s a ducketta? I knew you’d ask. It’s my version of farce meat stuffed into or wrapped up in skin and cooked. Actually, it’s more like a zampone (stuffed pig’s trotter) or roulade (farce meat wrapped up in skin) than porchetta but duckpone and duckade just don’t sound as good.

Zuppa Valle d’Aosta: A Leftover Bread Recipe

Waayyyyyyy back when I had just moved to Washington, DC and didn’t have cable I spent a lot of time watching the cooking shows on PBS. There was one show in particular which had this older Italian guy who basically traveled around Italy making something from the region. To this day I can’t remember theContinue reading “Zuppa Valle d’Aosta: A Leftover Bread Recipe”

Homemade Hazelnut Syrup For Your Coffee

I was in our local Savory Spice Shop yesterday picking up some supplies and I overheard Dave (the owner) talking to a customer about flavoring coffee with an extract she was purchasing. I went over and saw there were a lot of different flavors on the shelf. They’re always adding cool stuff. The extract whichContinue reading “Homemade Hazelnut Syrup For Your Coffee”

Endive Gratin

I can’t say it enough, I love cooking during this season. During last week’s dramatic cool-down, I had a craving for some good old French onion soup. We went for French on date night and I got some. Made me very happy. It also got my creative juices flowing to make something French, and what’sContinue reading “Endive Gratin”

Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup – Fall Soup Time!

I can’t help that I get really excited about fall cooking. The days aren’t as a hot and the nights get cooler. Honestly, and I know I say this every year, it’s my favorite season. I get to start making all of my favorite soups, stews, braises, and roasts again. This week Mother Nature turnedContinue reading “Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup – Fall Soup Time!”

Grilling With a Salt Block: Happy Birthday to Me!

As mentioned last week, we were supposed to be out of town for my birthday but it didn’t work out. That’s ok, but it left us with a big question: what to do? Normally it’s dinner at one of my favorite restaurants but I didn’t feel like that. Instead, I decided we’d get a reallyContinue reading “Grilling With a Salt Block: Happy Birthday to Me!”

Carcamusa – Spanish ‘Chili’

Labor Day has come and gone and just like it’s time to put away the whites, it’s also time to start thinking about fall recipes. To say I’ve been waiting all summer to make Carcamusa is a small understatement. Charctueria calls it ‘Spanish Chili’ and I thought this would be a great way to unofficiallyContinue reading “Carcamusa – Spanish ‘Chili’”

Tomatoes a la Provençale – A Fine Way to Wrap Up Summer

We toned down our garden a little this year but the one thing I’ll always grow are tomatoes. There’s nothing like fresh tomatoes you’ve grown yourself. So sweet and flavorful. I am always reminded how wonderful it is to grow your own tomatoes with the first bite I take of one just picked off theContinue reading “Tomatoes a la Provençale – A Fine Way to Wrap Up Summer”

Cold Fennel and Apple Summer Soup

I was having some trouble coming up with an idea for this week so I took a look at my mom’s recipe books. Always good ideas for summer vegetables in them. I was thinking about a quick cold soup for weeknight dinner and spied an ingredient which got my creative wheels turning: fennel. But whatContinue reading “Cold Fennel and Apple Summer Soup”