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Roasted Asparagus Pesto and Parmigiana with Pasta

A really simple, quick and delicious pasta dish. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

The Dumpling Round-Up: A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

The first challenge of the New Year for our virtual cooking group was dumplings — those doughy filled purses that are found in most cultures. Our Creative Cooking Crew did an outstanding job. Come see …8316344214_9d16bebb6e_z Continue Reading

Look What My Son Cooked for Me!

A couple of months ago I sent my son a text that went something like this: check out this link … we should do this for a party and by “we” I mean you since it requires patience and precision … oh, and it’s in German (I think), but the photos should be sufficient information.

And then I forgot about it until this weekend when Jim surprised me with a visit and dinner. Continue Reading

Food and Art are on the Menu in Wynwood: A New Miami Culinary Tour

Miamians know. Art Basel devotees know. Wynwood, a formerly downtrodden, low income, somewhat industrial and small neighborhood bordering Midtown and the Design District, went through a gentrification over the past decade. Years ago, people drove through this area with their windows up and doors locked. Today, they flock in and walk around. It’s a destination, a hot spot for foodies and lovers of art.

Enter Miami Culinary Tours. As you may recall, I’ve written about their Little Havana and South Beach tours, both of which are thoroughly enjoyable, so I was thrilled when they recently announced a new culinary tour of Wynwood. It’s a wonderful way for locals and visitors alike to become acquainted with the area and try a multitude of restaurants. Continue Reading

Roasted Chestnut Dumplings: Sweet, Savory, Salty and Sassy

My first thought when I hear the word “dumplings” is dim sum. Delicious little and filled pockets of dough that are either steamed or pan fried. I guess it depends on where you come from and what your cultural heritage is as to what dumplings mean to you. Not that I’m Asian, but that’s where my mind went. Perhaps because, interestingly, while most cultures have dumplings, they’re called by different names like pierogi or tortellini, etc.

The Creative Cooking Crew is kicking the new year off with a dumpling challenge. Continue Reading

Thought for the New Year

“… because that’s what new year’s is all about … getting another chance, a chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more, and to stop worrying about what if and start embracing what will be.

So when that ball drops at midnight, and it will drop, let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other, and not just tonight but all year long.”

Claire Morgan (character played by Hilary Swank in movie “New Year’s Eve”, 2011)

Happy New Year to all my faithful and occasional readers. Know that your friendship is valued.

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Polpettes di Salmone (Salmon Meatballs) in a Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Sauce

Everyone loves spaghetti and meatballs, don’t they? I do too, but I like to play around with different approaches — always trying to make it lighter, healthier and a little more modern. Continue Reading

Kicking Off the Holidays with Lunch at the Beach and an Impromptu Dinner Party Featuring Squid Ink Pasta and Seafood

I just love “the holidays”, don’t you?  But, sometimes, things get a little hectic — like this week when I scheduled a holiday lunch at a beachfront restaurant on the same day I was supposed to meet 4 people for an early tapas dinner in a Spanish restaurant. Feeling sorry for me? Hah, I thought not. Continue Reading

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