Pasta all Norma: Recipe with ricota salata and Marsala

A Taste of Sicily: Pasta Alla Norma

Eggplants are to Sicily what potatoes are to Ireland.  Eggplants, or aubergines, are used in numerous dishes on the island.  Whether fried, sautéed, baked, or grilled — each cooking method brings out a different quality in the fruit which, as a member of the genus Solanum, is related to both the potato and tomato.  Who knew, right? I’m not sure who Norma was but legend has it that this … [Read More...]

Gelato and Brioche |

Exploring Sicily: The Trip of a Lifetime!

I knew I was going to love this place.  What's not to love about a place where it’s totally acceptable to eat ice cream for breakfast?  Better yet, ice cream stuffed into a tender brioche bun.  Could I have arrived in heaven? I recently had an … [Read More...]

Kraemer House Garden | September, 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow? | September, 2014

While the bees are busy hoarding their stash for the cooler months on the horizon, we too are buzzing around trying to get as much accomplished in the garden before we’re stuck inside for the winter.  It’s been an amazingly pleasant summer but all … [Read More...]

Easy Tomato Ricotta Tarts: puff pastry, cherry or grape tomatoes, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, salt, freshly ground black peppercorns

Easy Tomato and Ricota Tarts

I love picking tomatoes.  I guess it’s because I’m always guaranteed a treasure hunt.   As I examine each beautiful sphere and contemplate what goes in the basket, I say to myself — not quite ripe enough — almost ready — perfect! I try to … [Read More...]

Drain until it all looks like oatmeal. Mix in salt and stir the curds gently. At this point you can spoon the curds into a cheese mold or shape into a rustic wheel. How To Make Goat Cheese |

How To Make Goat Cheese | How-To Tuesday!

Today we’re making goat cheese!  Goat cheese, or as the French say it, chèvre, is a deliciously tangy addition to almost any dish, savory or sweet.  Most cheeses require quite a bit of time to properly age, but a few of the softer varieties can be … [Read More...]

Just a few ingredients is all that's require to make Quick Pickled Dilly Beans.

Quick Pickled Dilly Beans

Home canning to preserve food in jars can be intimidating.  So today it’s refrigerator pickles to the rescue!  It’s a quick and easy alternative when you want some instant gratification in the form of crispy and crunchy and dilly and green.  Let’s … [Read More...]

Blanching is a simple cooking technique that helps to preserve the vibrant color and crisp texture of some fresh fruits and vegetables.

How To Blanch Green Beans | How-To Tuesday!

Someone at work the other day asked me what the cooking term blanching is so I thought it might make a good start to How-To Tuesdays here on the ‘ol blog.  Blanching is a simple cooking technique that helps to preserve the vibrant color and crisp … [Read More...]