Catching Up

The Side Dish

Hi friends, It feels frivolous to be working on my food blog at a time like this. Many parts of the city I have called home for the past nineteen years are still under water, and the areas that have drained have been left in ruins–mostly people’s homes, but also businesses, parks, grocery stores, and schools. I have felt both relief and guilt about living in a suburban development that came out of the storm unscathed while others are facing the physical, emotional, and financial toll of having been flooded out of their homes. While my routine was interrupted only […]

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How to help Houston after Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

Dear friends, For the past four days, the city of Houston, its suburbs and coastal communities were all brought to their knees with catastrophic flooding and massive damage from hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. The amount of rainfall we received is unprecedented. The majority of Houston and its environs are under several feet of water, some reservoirs, rivers, and bayous have crested their banks, and people who thought their neighborhoods would never flood are now in shelters, unsure of whether they will have a home to return to once the water recedes. The devastation is of massive proportions and it is heart-wrenching […]

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Crostini

crostini

When I had the idea to share a post for crostini, I figured it might be silly to write about how to toast slices of bread in the oven. But the more I thought about it, the less silly it seemed since crostini feature heavily on the Italian antipasto table, and bread is revered in Italy (for good reason). Crostini are also on my list of “basics” recipes I want to share with you since they’re the foundation for many appetizers that can be made to suit the seasons. Although I make crostini year-round, spring and summer are my favorite seasons to set out a platter of crostini when […]

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Asiago Cheese Crackers

asiago cheese crackers

Crackers are my snack weakness. I never have less than three (or four) different kinds in my pantry. And while I limit buying and eating processed foods, I make an exception for store-bought crackers. I just love them too much. And let’s face it, they’re convenient to have around. Store-bought crackers are great as the trusted saviors of many a dinner party appetizer, but homemade crackers are special. I don’t try my baking hand at them nearly enough which is a shame because they’re so easy and fun to make. After seeing these on Marilena Leavitt’s Instagram feed a few weeks ago, […]

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Lingue di Gatto

Cucina Conversations

Welcome to the May edition of Cucina Conversations! We are having some fun with this month’s theme: foods named after parts of the body, both human and animal. It might sound a little creepy, but I promise it’s anything but! You may remember when I wrote about occhi di bue cookies for Valentine’s Day, I also told you about a few Italian foods named after parts of the body. I had so much fun writing about this subject, that my fellow Cucina Conversations bloggers and I unanimously decided it had to be the topic for this month’s posts. My contribution are these […]

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