Category Archives: SAVORING

The taste of yellow

DAY: Thursday, even though I woke up feeling—think Bill Murray in Ground Hog’s Day—that it was Wednesday all over again and that it would be kinda nice if it were, in fact, Saturday. MORNING MEDITATION: 10 minutes. Went pretty well today. I’m new at … Continue reading

Posted in COLOR, ITALY, SAVORING | Tagged , , , , | 24 Comments

Cold weather bruschette with cavolo nero, or kale

Buon giorno! Ciao tutti! Come state? Che bello rivedervi! I’m pulling out all the standard phrases here and — Ma come siete belli! — and that last one for good measure, because I’m so happy to be back. At least … Continue reading

Posted in IN SEASON, ITALY, SAVORING | Tagged , , , | 19 Comments

Summer (Coffee) Yumminess

You never forget your first granita. Mine was the classic granita al limone on the island of Favignana. Somewhere there’s a black and white snapshot of me, bent in full concentration, over this Mediterranean wonder of ice, lemon juice and … Continue reading

Posted in ITALY, SAVORING | 5 Comments

If We Are What We Eat

I confessed to a good friend of mine just yesterday that I felt stuck, lacking direction and waiting rather impatiently for my personal fog to clear. She gave me the best advice a girl could give: to enjoy the fog and … Continue reading

Posted in FRANCE, SAVORING | Tagged , , , , , | 14 Comments

How to cook octopus

(OK, Finny, if you are reading this, it is NOT for you. We’re talking fresh-out-of-the-sea, wobbly, squiggly, suckery, floppy, tentacle-y, eight-leggedy edibleness. That said, it does not have a fishy taste at all, so I’m thinking you might actually like … Continue reading

Posted in ITALY, SAVORING | Tagged , | 19 Comments

Mozzarella in 16 easy steps: A pictorial how-to

Hello, my friends. I’m back—ecco mi qua—after a weeklong trip to the U.S. plus six days (yes, it takes me that long!) to recuperate from jet lag and re-emersion into the rhythms of life with children-in-school. And what better way … Continue reading

Posted in ITALY, SAVORING | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

Stuffed calamari: A recipe in notes and drawings

Hello again, and happy Monday morning. It’s hard to get started after such a warm, food-filled weekend as ours, so I’ll wallow for a minute or two, in what we ate which so soothed our tired urban souls. Then perhaps, … Continue reading

Posted in ITALY, SAVORING | Tagged , , , | 16 Comments