A Latin-Inspired Birthday Lunch Was the Answer to a Super Bowl Day Conflict

As you may know, in my family, we celebrate everyone’s birthday with a group dinner generally late Sunday afternoon of the birthday week. So, a couple of weeks ago I sent out a family text announcing I would host Gram’s (the family matriarch) and Julie’s (my d-in-l) birthdays on 2/2 at 5:00. Yikes … the push back was immediate. You think I said the world was coming to an end!

Not being a fan of football (or bad fried and cheesy food-fests), I didn’t realize there was something else scheduled for that day. We compromised and I moved the festivities up to lunch so ‘those who cared’ could be home or wherever for the big kick-off. Read More

Sunday Family Lunch: A Different Kind of Paella, Step-by-Step

It’s no secret. Even occasional visitors to FOODalogue know that my ancestry has colored my life, especially in the kitchen.

I grew up in a Spanish-Italian household and I’ve traveled to Spain many times so, that is to say, I’m no stranger to paella. But … I never had one made with potatoes as the base.

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Beet Pizzette


Although pizza is attributed to Queen Margherita of Italy, did you know it originated in Greece? See this history.

So, while the conventional granddaddy (or nonna) of pizza is Neopolitan and the war between New York and Chicago rages on over who has the best pizza … here, in the FOODalogue kitchen, it’s the fresh, less caloric, do-it-yourself ‘new school pizza’ (like this one) that reigns. Read More