Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Pancetta

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This is a dish my nonno would love. Would have loved. I’m still getting used to past tense and still deciding if I want to use it. One of the reasons I had a blogging hiatus, was because my nonno (grandfather) recently passed away. He was 91. People say “he had a long life”, which he did. They offer that in a way to make light of a hard situation, because I believe people always try to look for the good. Yes, he had a long life– but to me, it wasn’t long enough. Read More

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Easy Rustic Crostini: Two Ways

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I believe in the power of things on top of bread to change any mood you’re in. I was born and bread a carb lover (my friend Dimitra will appreciate this pun). So, with that sentiment I’ve never understood not eating bread. I watch women and men everyday steer clear of the obvious god’s gift in front of them. Read More


Brown Butter Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

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This spring was the first time I really tried rhubarb. I had tasted it before, overpowered by strawberries in a pie or two. Never on its own. I am usually a person with two speeds; “not interested” or “utterly in love with”. Feeling pure love for food is not something new to me. But feeling pure love for rhubarb was, and boy is it great. Read More