Laura Castellini s Pizza

The picture of array inch round tins and toppingsgorgonzola tomato sauce with chair lauras crust The first time I ate Lauras pizza she made twenty-four of them for a group of six people. When we walked into her familys centuries-old walled garden in Radicondoli, her husband, Marco, showed us their wood-fired oven, which was alight with red coals. He said it would be... Read More

Vegan restaurant meals

About a week and a half ago, Nick and I ate at Johnny Carinos. Much to my chagrin, they claimed they didnt have whole wheat pasta (the other location Ive eaten at did!). Since I see no point in getting nutrition-less white pasta with marinara when eating out, I opted instead for something I liked the sound of but wouldnt normally get. I forget what this one was called, but its angel hair pasta with artichokes, black olives, capers, chopped... Read More

Pici Handmade Tuscan Fat Spaghetti

The picture of ragu porcini mushroom sauce and oil grade flour with italian food market Pici, a hand made Tuscan fat spaghetti, is best made with an eggless, water-based dough to help keep this delicious, thick pasta from getting overly heavy and gummy.

Pici is often served with a garlic tomato sauce,

Allaglione (recipe follows) but can be served also with... Read More

Denise Esser s Tales of Travel Blog Archive Bon Voyage!

Well lets see.Dana requested a jar of kalamata olives and old cheddar cheese. She pulled the its my birthday card. Kevins mom had to send along cookies and chocolate. I agreed only because I will reap the benefits of these treats.

And Meaghanyes, the same Meaghan who instructed me to bring only 1 pair of jeans for a month in the sake of travelling light asked me to bring 2 bottles of wine.

So Im carting around homebrew wine on my back. My reasons for doing so are only partly... Read More

winner celebration party

You know that cliche about Twitter being used to share what you had for breakfast? Breakfast seems to be about the only thing I have time to blog these days.

This morning, I woke up thinking about what I should do the cauliflower I had washed, cut, and left sitting on the counter. Yes, that really was my first thought of the day.

And then I thought of the utility of a toaster oven. It bakes, broils, toasts. You can open the door to peek at your food without feeling like... Read More

A little town with a couple bones Evora, Portugal

(didnt get to see the Monolithic Monument but its about five miles of town. It is the oldest monument in the Iberian Peninsula. Theories are they are ancient star maps made of stone. This is a link to the tour its only 25 euros, make sure to book in advance. The guide was on vacation when I was in Evora, sadly:

Hot Chocolate & Waffles:They had different hot chocolate flavors at every cafe I went to. I wish I took a picture of the sign of the place I went to. It was in the main... Read More