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

Grilled Cilantro Chicken

For over a year now I’ve been working on the perfect cilantro marinade for grilled chicken. It needed to be rich in flavor with balanced spices, salt and acid, but most of all it needed to add moisture and soak through the chicken with the brightness of cilantro. I tried a version with coconut milk and lots of lime, I tried a version with cilantro and loads of garlic ....more

Quinoa with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cinnamon

Quinoa, it’s everywhere. You can barely have a discussion about food and cooking without the topic ending up with quinoa. It’s such a huge food fad right now that it has transcended the kitchen and is appearing in non-food items as well ....more

Crispy Mushroom Risotto Cakes with Roasted Tomatoes and Onions (Vegan)

It was not that long ago that vegetarians dining at most restaurants had very few options. Most places offered little more than a pasta option. Thankfully, these days restaurants are finally realizing that there is real finesse and flavor in meatless and vegan options ....more

Coconut-Lime Icebox Pie (Egg-Free) for Pi Day

March 14, 2015 at 9:26:53 a.m – That’s the time to start celebrating. Back in 1988, I doubt that physicist Larry Shaw of the Exploratorium in San Francisco had any idea what a phenomenon Pi Day would become when he decided to start celebrating March 14 as the day to recognize the importance of the mathematical and physical constant. For a food blogger with a scientist father, the idea of a math-themed holiday with a food tie-in is a dream come true ....more