Raspberry Lime Rickey

Summer charged forward like a freight train, causing me to ignore my computer for long stretches of time, choosing instead to play with the kids at the beach, or in the creek at my parents house. Here we are, the last of the month, and I feel like I’m running out of time to share my summer recipes with you. If you have stuck around for awhile then you know I’m a fan of cooking with whatever is in season ....more

Clean Eating in a Fast-Paced World

I don’t frequently try to sell things on this site, but when I was asked to share the news about Panera Bread’s new clean menu, I really wanted to share it with you because I am all for a big company doing the right thing for our diets and our planet. Especially when it means I have another healthy option when trying to feed my busy family away from home! Clean eating is the IT term right now ....more

Corn and Beet Salad

I’m doing the summer thing. I was given a brief glimpse into the world of people with free-time when all three kids went off to day-camp for a few weeks. What did I do with my 20 hours a week of free time? ...more

Arugula Pesto with Hazelnuts

This is my last post about Piemonte, Italy. As lovely a place as it is, and as much as I will miss sharing my experiences, it’s time to move on to summer in New England. However, before I do move on, I wanted to share one last recipe with you ....more

Red, White and Blue Amaretti Cheesecakes

These beauties hide a little secret or two. Number one, they are gobsmackingly good. They are so good you may tear up a little when you take your last bite ....more

Piemonte, Italy Part 3: Castles, Truffles and Cheese

A visit to Piemonte is not all wine. Piemonte is famous for chocolate, cheese, truffles and castles in addition to the obvious wine. It’s rolling hills are dotted with countless castles and palaces ....more

Dark Chocolate Gelato with Cashew Brittle

I’m going to take a break from Piemonte and Italy for a post to share my Father’s Day recipe with you. Yes, it has an Italian name, gelato, but I call it that not because it is at all an Italian recipe, but because by definition it is too lean to be ice cream and too fatty to be ice milk. What’s in between? ...more

Part 2: Traveling with Kids in Piemonte

When I began researching my recent trip to the northwest corner of Italy, I was amazed at the lack of information available for those of us traveling with children. There were wonderful sites and recommendations for those traveling to Rome or Florence with kids, but apparently Americans just don’t take the kids to Piemonte. This might be because of the reputation of Piemonte as a wine destination, but I prickle at the idea that parents are not allowed to travel to destinations that appeal to them ....more

Piemonte, Italy Part 1: Risotto

My recent trip to the Piemonte region of Italy (strangely called Piedmont in the US), was a year in the making and as anticipated as any trip I’ve ever taken. Piemonte...more

BBQ Stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes

Procrastination: it’s a thing for me. Okay, maybe more like a way of life. Tonight, when faced with the one-month overdue task of writing this post, I announced I would take a shower before beginning to write ....more