Category Italian

Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Tart

I love watching Ina Garten, a.k.a. the Barefoot Contessa, live on Foodnetwork TV.  She makes everything look so easy to do at home.  I have made lots of her recipes from lots of her books, and I must admit that every one has come out successfully. The appetizer that I am making today is based […]

Bringing some Italy back home

It has been a wonderful 10 days away. A week hiking in the awesome Sorrento region of Italy plus a few more days based in Naples. But my favourite outing was the ferry boat ride to Procida, a small less touristy fishing island not too far off the Amalfi Coast.  My husband and I studied […]

Pesto Control

I returned home from a two week vacation.  It had rained a lot while I was gone and I knew that my garden beds and grass would be overrun with weeds.  My herb plants looked healthy but overgrown.  My lemon balm was overtaking its corner of the garden bed.  My poor chive plants were unfortunately […]

Farmer’s Pasta — Grown up Comfort Food

When I was growing up, one of my most memorable lunches was macaroni and cheese: elbow pasta with melted Kraft Velveeta cheese mixed in — I hate to admit this but I thought it was the best lunch ever. From here I graduated to Kraft Dinner for those gourmet university days and I also prepared […]