This frosting reminds me of the insides of a swiss roll (“Yodel” / “Ho Ho”) my favorite junk-food sweet. Fluffy, light, marshmallowy goodness. It only takes SEVEN minutes to make this magical frosting, and is tastes best when you make it and use it same day. Every year for my birthday my Macelleria boss, Violetta, would surprise me a with a giant swiss roll, yule … Continue reading i’m here for the frosting
Pasta sauce should smell and taste like it’s been simmering on the stove all day long, huge wafts of garlic and red wine, woof, it’s everything a soft pants Sunday should be. Please don’t get me wrong, if you have the time to REALLY luxuriate over a pot of bolognese, please go for it, but this 45 minute “weeknight” version will give you all the … Continue reading weeknight bolognese
My first time dining at BLT Steak in New York City (2006) was extremely memorable – and this may cause some ruffled feathers, because sadly, I don’t remember whom I had dinner with – which cocktail I tried – or what I ate for dinner, and that’s pretty bonkers for me. What I do remember was the popover. The smell, the feel, the taste. Fluffy, … Continue reading popovers
I love fresh figs – and they are not easy to find in Iowa. So why choose a dish with an impossible to find ingredient you ask? Yeah, I know…rude. But trust me, fresh figs are a beautiful thing. Can you use dried figs? NO. I would rather you use a warm fig jam than dried figs. Dried figs have a purpose- I’m not sure … Continue reading get figgy with it
It’s no secret that I love pasta – LOVE PASTA. I did not get this girly figure NOT loving pasta. It’s not complicated or fussy and very rarely talks back, and it turns out perfect every time! Too thin- add more butter or cook longer. Too thick – add pasta water – too salty – add another can of tomatoes. You can fix pasta sauce…. Continue reading eat pasta run fasta
This snack mix has changed dramatically over the years – but the tradition remains the same. For purists, (my sister) it’s just salted peanuts and candy corn. But I say, mix it up! The first sign of fall calls for the MIX! I always looked forward to a care package from mom with this delicious treat in NYC over the years. It’s always on her … Continue reading the mix
These biscuits are DUMB! Yes they take a little time – but trust me when I tell you – they are WORTH IT! Having coffee on the porch one morning I looked at my bestie Kent (whom you will get to know- wink wink) and said, I’m running to the store for buttermilk. I’m making angel biscuits – Trisha Yearwood told me I could do … Continue reading chicken -n- biscuit
My love of all things pasta comes from working at Macelleria (Ma-Cha-La-Ree-Uh) in NYC for 12 years. Owned and operated by the Bitici family, I was introduced and ruined for life – for what pasta SHOULD taste like. Surrounded by fresh pasta and sauces made daily and from scratch. Pappardelle – tagliatelle – ravioli. You had a bad day – rigatoni bolognese. You had an … Continue reading pasta making – with kids!