Zucchini al Pomodoro

This dish is a bit of home on my plate. If you have a garden bursting with zucchini, this is your new best friend and it can be served a variety of ways throughout the week. The recipe isn’t fussy and the ingredient amounts are completely flexible. I’ve never followed a recipe, just watched my…

Sweet & Spicy Mostarda

Winter in California brings citrus – lemons, oranges, tangerines and limes. This year, I am fortunate to have friends with bountiful backyards and citrus farms that have gifted me with some gorgeous lemons. So, today I shall make mostarda – which is essentially candied fruit with essence of mustard (which a friend brought me from…

Polenta Parmigiano

Last evening I made some tomato soup which, not surprisingly, always ends up more like my spaghetti sauce. So today I was faced with leftover sauce. What should I do? I wasn’t in the mood for traditional pasta and when I hunted through the cupboard I found the makings for rosemary parmesan polenta – a…

How I Experience Rome

Here are some fairly typical things to see when out and about in Rome. One of my favorite things is to just walk wherever my feet take me. Exploring tiny streets, looking in the doorways of neighborhood restaurants and experiencing the sounds of the city. I’m not a big city person, but Rome can become…

Caffè in Italia

Nothing screams Italy more than a great cup of espresso. On my last trip to Rome I stayed near the Pantheon and the famed Sant’Eustachio coffee bar. Oh what a joy. They have some proprietary method for making espresso and cappuccino that yields an amazing dark foam substance – they even have a magical way…

Roman Fruit Stand

Fruit and vegetable displays are everywhere in Rome. Here’s an example of one, just around the corner from the Trevi Fountain. I recently posted this on Facebook and so many people remembered it! They even showed me photos! Have you seen this?

New Year – New Beginnings

Buon Anno! Starting the New Year with my photo featured on the cover of Romeing Magazine. I took this photo from the top of the Spanish Steps in Rome during my last trip in November 2019. With a circulation of over 30,000 – what an incredible honor! Photography is one of my passions but I…

Dutch Baby Morning

So – I’m on holiday. On vacation. Not working and not on any schedule.  After sleeping 14 hours last evening, I got up and saw a post on Facebook about popovers.  Lovely, gorgeous popovers.  I wanted them but, alas, no popover tins.  So the next best thing was a dutch baby – or puffed pancake. …

Contest Entry. I won a trip to Italy!!

Hi everyone. I shared link to my public Facebook account  and you responded.  Than you so much.  I’m won a trip to Italy!!!  Thank you so very much.  Grazie mille 🙂

Florence. It’s more than just the Gucci Museum.

It’s a gorgeous late summer day here in sunny southern California. The sky is blue, the ocean has an afternoon sparkle and I just got back in the house from a bit of gardening.  I’ve been “sharpening pencils” so to say, not doing chores.  Instead I’ve been skimming through my photos of my trips to…