Becoming an Italian Grandmother: Spinach pasta and Almond Cookies

I decided to try spinach pasta using the same method as the previously mentioned beet pasta.  It was a success.  I was rewarded with beautiful, bright, green noodles.  The same day these sat drying on my counter, I went to the store and examined the commercially available spinach pasta.  It was drab and barely green … Continue reading

Roast Vegetable And Goat Cheese Bread

I’m totally on a bread baking kick right now.  I’ve been teaching my 3 year old how to bake bread and it’s such a fun thing to do together.  She gets to add all the ingredients, punch down the dough, and I even let her cut slits into the top of last loaves.  Perhaps I … Continue reading

Becoming an Italian Grandmother – An Update!

I’ve been working hard at my Italian Grandmother practice.  I’ve had some successes and some…not so successes.  I hit up my enormous backyard basil bush last night to make a pound of pesto that will make its way into something soon.  And thanks to a clearance sale on anchovies, we’re about to dive into some … Continue reading

Herb Focaccia and some Italian Grandmother failures

It’s herb season!  We got thyme in the box for the first time, and basil is coming out of our ears.  My neighbor’s rosemary bush, which might have made some surreptitious contributions to meals past, is exploding right now, practically covering the sidewalk.  Herbs are everywhere, and I love it.  I decided to put some … Continue reading

Becoming an Italian Grandmother – A New Feature

I’ve made no secret of my desire to become an Italian grandmother.  Really, my desire is to cook like an Italian grandmother.  I want to have that kitchen where everybody wants to gather and where everybody leaves counting the seconds until they get in the car, take off their belts, and unbutton their pants.  I … Continue reading