Monthly Archives: April 2011

Something about me…

I simply LOVE my herbs! But I certainly do not have a green thumb! I suppose some of them really want to live, they really don’t want to give up, or they are mutating genetically and becoming like cactuses: they store all the water they get for when they have to face tough times :P Basil I am particularly fond of my basil :) Even so, I have to replace it once or twice a year, but it is only … Continue reading

Tagliata of Top Sirloin with Arugula and Parmesan

I am definitely not a big meat eater, but sometimes a good piece of beef can be just plain good, and if your side is a healthy arugula salad topped with tasty parmesan it is even better. Today’s post features Max as a cook. He is my man at the grill. He was so happy when we got him a nice gas grill. We ate quite some meat after that :P He just bought a new recipe book: grilling and barbecues, doesn’t … Continue reading

Apple Cake

Or: Torta di Mele. How does that sound? I love my Italian origins too much to not insert some Italian here and there, I hope you don’t mind. This is one of my favorite cakes, I know, I have many favorite cakes… way too many! And not enough exercise in my life to keep up with all this baking and eating! Oh well, what can I say, this is a healthy cake, if you don’t consider the butter and sugar… … Continue reading

Focaccia with a Secret Ingredient

I know, I know, the secret ingredient won’t be secret for very long since this is a recipe blog and I am going to have to give you ALL the ingredients to make this AMAZING focaccia. Oh well, I guess I won’t have many secret family recipes to pass to my children and grandchildren, but the idea that they will be able to read this blog makes me happy, even if they won’t be alone reading it… Won’t they be … Continue reading

Salame di Cioccolato for My Birthday

Yep, you got that right, this is the recipe for a chocolate salami :) But don’t worry, what makes it a salami is only its appearance. This is one of my childhood favorite desserts and, I am sure you will agree with me on this one, one can never turn his back to childhood favorites. So for my birthday I made this special treat, because, happy birthday to me, today is my last twenty-something birthday! Unless, I put my plan … Continue reading

Chicken Marinated with Yogurt Lemon and Mint

This marinated chicken is a burst of summer flavor! In this family we are not really crazy about chicken, we find it dry and kind of tasteless… but this marinade made of yogurt, lemon and mint keeps the chicken very moist and adds a lot of flavor. This chicken dish is baked with potatoes and onions, how great is it that once you take it out of the oven you have your main dish and your side too :) Moreover … Continue reading

Cous Cous with Zucchini and Shrimps

This cous cous makes for a very healthy meal with seafood and lots of vegetables! It is one of my favorite versions of cous cous, maybe because it is made with curry and I love curry? ;) One day a while back I discovered that cous cous is very, VERY easy to make, it can be tossed with pretty much everything, it tastes fantastic and, last but not least, you can toss it in the refrigerator and enjoy it the … Continue reading