Ina’s Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel

Doesn’t this pasta dish look delicious with sweet sausage and anise flavored fennel? In my recent Food Network Magazine this was one of the recipes and feeling the need for some comfort food I knew this had to be on my menu soon. This pasta dish is rich but you can use lower fat cream … Continue reading

Emeril’s King Cake Tres Leches

The Big Easy turns 300 this year – yes, New Orleans is celebrating it’s Tricentennial. The city has a diverse heritage which includes Mardi Gras falling on February 13th this year.  New Orleans represents a strong influence of French, Spanish, African Americans, Cajun and Creole  and people from many parts of the world which have had … Continue reading

Meatballs With Pureed Onions and Two Cheeses

I love meatballs of all kinds and have a few different recipes on my blog including my favorite to serve over pasta with my marinara sauce. If you would like a spicy recipe to use as an appetizer check out David Lebovitz’s recipe. I recently looked through Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s “My Perfect Pantry” cookbook and … Continue reading

Ricotta “Vegetable Carpaccio”

This appetizer was served at a recent Zingerman Bakehouse demonstration/participation cooking class and was a favorite with everyone. Baguette slices were lightly toasted, ricotta was generously spread on each piece and topped with veggies which were lightly marinated. Some of the recipes the students made and others like this recipe the instructor  made, but we … Continue reading

Cuisines of Turkey Demonstration Class

I recently attended a demonstration class at Zingerman’s Bakehouse where Robyn Eckhardt shared her stories and recipes from Turkey’s cultural capital of Istanbul and included many of the diverse regions of Turkey. The recipes Robyn made from her first cookbook “Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey” included Warming Cinnamon Tea, Cheese Fondue … Continue reading

Ina’s Limoncello Ricotta Cheesecake

Just this year I fell in love with the Italian liqueur Limoncello. I noticed it online, in cookbooks such as Ina Garten’s latest, and then I found it at my favorite Italian grocery.  It’s also good as an aperitif if you are in to that kind of beverage. Me, I love the flavor it imparts … Continue reading

Parmigiano Reggiano Cooking Class

Yes, a cooking class where the “star” ingredient was Parmigiano Reggiano.  When I received an email from Zingerman’s Bakehouse about this upcoming class I signed up right away. There are only 12 students per class so you have to respond quickly to get a spot. Parmigiano Reggiano is my favorite cheese above all others and … Continue reading