Ricotta and Lemon Ciambellone

ricotta and lemon ciambellone

I’ve recently added several wonderful Italian cookbooks to my ever-growing cookbook shelves. One of the first cookbooks I bought for myself this year was Rachel Roddy’s My Kitchen in Rome: Recipes and Notes on Italian Cooking. I pre-ordered it as soon as it was available and then waited eagerly for what seemed like an eternity, but the wait was well worth it. I’ve been reading Rachel’s blog for several years and am also a faithful reader of her new weekly column in The Guardian. Her photos on Instagram are some of my favorites, particularly those of her now very famous sink, which is often […]

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Friday Favorites {Vol. 14}

Friday Favorites

This week’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to some new recipes that I discovered this week. I tend to get stuck in cooking ruts more often than I care to admit. Days get busy and I fall back on the recipes I can make from memory–they’re great recipes, no doubt–but after being on heavy rotation, even these trusted, delicious recipes can get old. I spend the majority of my days researching and reading recipes both in print and online and I often find myself both exhilarated and overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content. For the most part, I am completely inspired by the […]

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Chicken Croquettes

chicken croquettes

Hello again! I’m so happy to be back here. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post from a few days ago where I finally announced why this year has been just a tad crazy. If you missed it, the reason for the radio silence lately is because I’ve been helping Peter move into a new office space as he begins a new life chapter running the family business. After working alongside his father for the past eighteen years, Peter is now at the helm of the business his dad started over forty years ago, and his […]

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Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion

Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion

I’m continuing to work through my list of “basics” recipes, and today I’m sharing one of my favorites: tomato sauce with butter and onion. The first time I tasted tomato sauce with butter in it was in Rome at my great-aunt Franca’s house. She had made her sugo semplice (“simple sauce”)–a soffritto of finely chopped carrot, celery, and onion sautéed in hot olive oil, and a bottle of passata (strained tomato sauce) poured over the lightly caramelized vegetables and left on the stove to simmer for a little less than an hour until the sauce was slightly reduced and flavorful. Once the sauce was […]

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Friday Favorites {Vol. 13}

Friday Favorites

Happy April! It’s my favorite month of the year because it’s my birthday month! April is when spring is the most beautiful here in Houston and I plan on spending as much time outdoors this month as possible before the heat arrives. I’m also hoping the start of my favorite month will be the start of some calmer days as the first three months of this year have been busy and stressful. I feel like I’ve been barely keeping my head above water, and I’m ready to feel caught up and on top of things again. Last month, I started the catch-up process […]

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