I’m finally going to Italy!

I’m finally going to Italy!

Can you believe it? I am having a hard time myself believing one of my biggest dreams and #1 item on my bucket list is coming true later this year. I was invited to go along with extended family who fluently speak the language and dialect. This gives me the best chance to survive a … Continue reading

Rigatoni with Mushrooms and Ricotta cheese

This weekend I caught a few cooking shows, namely Lidia’s Italy and Ciao Italia. I realized I cook much like Lidia with simple dishes packed with flavor and few ingredients. I don’t like to make dishes with ingredients that are hard to find or super expensive. I haven’t had a rigatoni dish in a long … Continue reading

New eating habits means new recipes!

Wow, it’s been awhile since I last blogged. I did say I was taking a break and a break I did take. So much has happened in the last few months. Some good, some bad. But I will spare you the ugly details and move forward. I recently learned I am very intolerant to corn … Continue reading

Not winning hurts

Not winning hurts

I alluded to the fact I entered a contest to win a trip to Italy in a previous post. I am here to vent and say I was not chosen. I will not say I lost because that would imply I am a loser which I am not. There were many entries and I was … Continue reading

Jumbled thoughts after a great cooking class

Jumbled thoughts after a great cooking class

Sometimes I feel the need to come home from a class, one that was super successful I might add, and write down my thoughts. I get  a real “high” of sorts from teaching because it’s something I am so passionate about and love to do. And like I said before, the fact my son is … Continue reading

Teaching a new generation

Teaching a new generation

Friday night I taught a group of kids, 6th -8th graders, how to make pasta from scratch. It’s one of my joys in life as I have mentioned in my musings here in the past. Like many other classes in the past my eldest son Jake, now eighteen, assisted me. I can’t express the joy … Continue reading

Some Days I Just Feel *Italian*

Some Days I Just Feel *Italian*

While I was shopping for dinner yesterday I realized the food I chose didn’t feel like “me”. It was too plain or bland or something. I walked myself right on over to the deli area and bought some Italian food. We went from tilapia, salad and peas to a huge platter of anti-pasti with soppressata, … Continue reading

Chicken Posole Soup

What’s this? Two posts in a row? Yep. I had to write about this recipe I tried yesterday and you know my family are the guinea pigs of all my cooking experiments. This was no different. Several shocking things occurred. 1. My onion-hating son ate more than half a bowl knowing there were diced onions in … Continue reading

Classes, classes and more classes!

Classes, classes and more classes!

It’s that time of year again when we here in northeast Ohio are looking for indoor activities due to the crazy weather we’ve been experiencing. Many of the locals are signing up for my cooking classes for which I am thrilled about. I’ve held another no-cook appetizer class at a local library, from which these … Continue reading

Welcome 2014!

Well here we are at the start of another new year, fresh from the dregs of 2013. Many good, bad and in between things occurred in my life during the last year. Let’s not rehash them all, shall we? Time to move forward. Time to move inward. Time to move upward. Time to move outward. … Continue reading