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Memories of Easters past…

This picture was taken on Easter 1969. I know this because my little brother was not born yet and I am about 2 1/2, and on the far right. My older sister and brother are with me, don’t we look cute? I love the little corsage my sister and I were wearing. I don’t remember … Continue reading

My 2011 Easter Menu

If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s that when you make food that people love, they will request it over and over again. If you include those foods for special holidays or events, it becomes tradition and no one should ever mess with tradition. I know this menu might be a … Continue reading

Authentic and genuine ethnic cooking

One of my major goals when I began this blog was to learn authentic and traditional Italian cooking. Authentic Italian food in restaurants here in the USA is difficult to find unless you go to small local places. Even then you might have the Italian-American influence, which isn’t all that bad, but it’s not Italy … Continue reading

Mock Gyros with Chicken and Homemade Pitas

I decided to go with these  Mock gyros instead of quesadillas tonight, mostly because I wanted to make Tzatziki sauce for the first time. I took off all the good meat left on the chicken and mixed it with some olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. I made homemade pita bread and Tzatziki sauce, … Continue reading

Good Food = Memories

I’m amazed at the amount of  memories a food or smell can bring to the forefront of my mind. Take these figs.  Photo credit: They are a simple, sweet-tasting  fruit, but over this past weekend I bought a bag of dried figs because I haven’t had any luck buying fresh figs. I’ve been wanting to try a fresh … Continue reading

Letters from my father

I wish I had some letters from my dad that he’d written to me but I think I might have found something a little better. I think I have mentioned that in 1998 my dad and his eldest brother went to Italy. They visited many relatives and the town in which my grandparents and uncle … Continue reading

Who wants to learn Italian?

I was doing the Friday Favorites meme but I never seem to keep up with those week after week but I think they are great. This week I stumbled upon a cool blog, actually it was just today. I got an email with a link and I don’t even remember signing up for this site! … Continue reading

Conversations and all things Italian revisited

Yesterday I had a conversation with someone and mentioned that since last year when I started this blog, I have been cooking more and more Italian food. I also made the comment that “When I cook something like Chinese stir-fry for dinner, I feel like I am betraying my heritage!”. The other person said “well … Continue reading

Good things come in small packages

No, this isn’t about my packages from Amazon because believe me, those are all very big boxes. The big chef’s skillet came along with the pasta pot set but that has a broken handle and will go back. This is about my grandparent’s house. My father was born here: I took this picture about 6 years ago, … Continue reading

Italian American Summer Festival

I know this post is a bit overdue but I have been busy painting the walls in the kitchen. We still have to finish the red wall, and then another yellow wall and also all the trim and a door and all the cabinets! Yikes. We aren’t even near being done. Breathe in, breathe out. … Continue reading