Snake Cake for kids (+ what not to do)

I made it. I promised my son I would make a great snake cake for his Birthday. Why, because the little guy is crazy for all things snake: he draws snakes, reads about them, and he makes me do all sorts of crafted snake-y things. PREMISE: For the past three years I organized pirates’ themed…

Dutch baby pancake on the stove

Chillier mornings and early days of school require a treat for breakfast. But a healthy one that keeps you (and your little ones) going for a while. These quick egg-y pancakes for breakfast are going to be a hit of our Fall. Compared to a traditional pancake, the dutch baby has much less flower and…

Pappardelle with nettles & dried tomatoes

Pappardelle con ortiche e pomodori secchi Pasta is my passion, so it happened that looking for a good pasta brand, I found a California homemade pasta at the Framer’s market. A few well chosen types of pasta, fettuccine, sheets for lasagna, penne, all surprisingly good, thick and a little rough as it should be. Today I…

Encore veggie burgers: kale and potatoes

I did it again. Veggie burgers for the happiness of our vegetarian friends, and also mine even though I am not vegetarian. I love vegetables with all their derivates, remixing, and interpretations. This time is a very peculiar veggie burger made with a healthy combination of kale and potatoes. You can replace kale with spinach…

Spinach and eggs: a super supply of iron and vitamins

Two easy recipes that I prepared some days ago picking from my sunday basket (this sunday basket): two beautiful bunches of spinach and duck eggs. When I chose and cleaned the spinach I separated the bigger outer leaves from the inner smaller ones. I boiled the larger leaves to prepare the dish of the first…

My Sunday basket

I am still warming up after my long absence. And still trying to catch up with cooking, writing, working, trying to have a little joy with my family and friends. Soon very soon many recipes. For now a basket of fresh seasonal vegetables bought at the Marin Farmers Market on Sunday, November 15, and some ideas on…

Fillo pockets with radicchio, cheese and pears

Taschine di fillo con radicchio, provola e pere Fillo pastry is a kind of “not when I am in the rush” thing, but with a few tricks you can have delicious bites in a relatively short time. Here are my “tricks”: 1) spray oil instead of brushing butter on each sheet (which also makes your…

The small boat in the clouds

Once upon a time there was a little zucchini that wanted to play the “perfect spring meal on a sunny day…” Sun, who said sun? Who evoked spring? Yes I know, weather is not matching our wishes for clear sky and bright colors and for the delicate and delightful smell of the spring. But zucchini…

Indulge our winter morning

Holidays over. All back to work and to normal life. No more good excuses for food excesses… Mmhhh, too bad.

All the colors of the Fall

Sweet November. The fragile sound of falling leaves, a mild and gentle sun, the impressionistic colors of nature and the sweet melancholy of the long and warm summer days. Going for a walk in the countryside and to farmers markets in this season is simply a pleasure.