Guava Breakfast Parfait

I was in Cairo recently, and all of the street vendors had crates and crates of guavas ready for the buying. Guavas are similar to pears but have a much grainier texture and a very unique, quite strong, flavor. In Egypt, a popular way to use guavas is to blend them with sugar and water and make guava juice. You can find this an almost every streetside café along with fresh mango juice and sugar cane juice (they grind the sugar cane right there and then for you!) When I got home I wanted to make something slightly more sub ... Read More
Guava Parfait

Ah, Italy! Part I (Giuseppina’s Torta Salata)

R. and I were in Italy a few weeks ago, visiting family andfriends and we just had the best time and ate the most wonderful food while we were there. We spent a month traveling across Italy; we visited Trento, Venice, Verona, Bevagna, Assisi, and Rome, as well as a handful of smaller towns and villages along the way. It was so great and we just ate so well we didn’t want to leave. It happens every time we go. One of the places we visited was our friends’ Pecorino farm in Umbria. They have a flock of 500 sheep, a ... Read More
Torta Salata

Ah, Italy! Part II (and a recipe for pasta carbonara)

Let me tell you a bit more about our trip to Italy this summer. It was wonderful pretty much sums it up. We ate SO much. There was good food to be had at every turn—in every house, restaurant, café, streetside market, everywhere. I don’t think we had a single bad meal the entire time we were there. There were afternoons spent drinking beer and eating greasy, more-ish pizza in Rome, evenings being served the house special—bucatini in tomato sauce—with a giant bib and a good pitcher of the house red. There were chee ... Read More
Italy - Umbria

French Onion Soup

I love soup. I love soup. I love soup. I’ve spent the past fifteen minutes trying to figure out what to write this post about. Sure, my writing’s rusty as it is, but I’ve just deleted a couple of paragraphs where I’ve waxed poetic about soup and its virtues (all-in-one supermeal! liquidified for your convenience! Warm and comforting! You can put anything in it!) Appetizing, huh? So instead I’m going to tell you about why I decided to make this soup: I love France! I love onions! I love soup! Pretty obvious, right ... Read More
French Onion Soup

Balsamic Roast Pumpkin

Yesterday was Halloween and R. and I spent it lounging around the house doing, well, not much. I didn’t make anything too Halloween inspired—no cupcakes with orange frosting, no cookies shaped like cats or ghouls, and no stew with eyeballs—I was far too lazy and I could only bring myself to make something really simple. So I roasted a pumpkin. I guess you could say it’s sort of Halloween-y but let’s be honest here: I was just too darn lazy to make anything particularly inspired. What’s good about this though ... Read More
Balsamic Roast Pumpkin
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