You’ve probably been there…. you’ve just used part of a bunch of beautiful, fragrant basil for a recipe but you haven’t gotten around to figuring out what to do with the rest. Good news…. I just learned this great trick for storing basil. This is so simple and it keeps the leaves fresh and vibrant for days and days. It really works! Continue reading
This one’s in the running for summer’s most perfect bite. You can get quite creative and fancy with bruschetta, but sometimes simplicity rules. A slab of ciabatta layered with the best ricotta you can find (or make your own — it’s easy) and a simple salad of juicy farmers’ market tomatoes dressed liberally with balsamic vinegar, jewel green olive oil, freshly cracked pepper and flakey sea salt. We could eat this everyday and twice on Sunday.
It’s been a busy and exciting summer of cooking camps, recipe development, writing and other yummy projects and we’re feeling luckier than ever to be doing what we love to do! High fives and hugs to all our amazing campers and junior counselors for the enthusiasm and creativity. We are taking some much needed time off to recharge and find inspiration through travel and cooking with friends, family and our children.
Reach out to us at email@example.com if you would like us to organize a day camp when you children’s school is out for a random day here and there, a private cooking class, a birthday party or if you want to develop easy, international family friendly recipes for you. Below are links for some day camps we are conducting in late Summer and Fall. Hope your kids and their friends can join us! (please note, age ranges for all camps are a little different, based on organizer and interest)
Here’s something tasty to eat while you’re awaiting the return of luscious summer fruit. We love our apples, pears and oranges, but somehow they just don’t inspire the way those buckets of cherries and perfect ripe-tart-juicy nectarines do. But then again these spiced, wine-poached pears are pretty great. They’re tender and sweet, with hints of clove and cinnamon, and exotic, earthy aromas provided by a bit of leftover wine. Glossy and gorgeous, this is an old-fashioned kind of dessert, the kind your grandmother might have made — especially if she was Italian. In fact making these always gets my hubby thinking about his Nonni.
Della Fattoria’s avocado toast takes the concoction to a new level – crispy, toasty Della bread topped with perfectly ripe, super thinly sliced avocado. Topped with some purple sprouts, salt and pepper and olive oil. A totally luscious, gorgeous, work of art – almost too beautiful to eat….. Continue reading
Italian ice hasn’t quite “become a thing” the Bay Area — at least not yet. In fact the only place we know of that specializes in it is Flavor Brigade on Fruitvale Ave in Oakland. We make it a point to try and position ourselves in the vicinity of Flavor Brigade as often as possible so we have an excuse to stop in for some Philly style “water ice” (another name for Italian ice). If we lived closer, I’m pretty sure we’d be there ALL the time. Continue reading
Summer is here and when we saw this recipe on one of our favorite blogs, we could not resist trying it out almost immediately. Made famous by Serendipity Cafe in NYC, this “frozen hot chocolate” is basically a home-made ice blended. It’s an easy recipe, one that the kids can make by themselves, start to finish (that includes clean-up!). I suspect we will be making these frozen hot chocolates a few more times before the summer is over. The portion below in the recipe is (too) small, and given the popularity of the end product, do double or triple the recipe! Great icy treat to add to your summer repertoire…. Continue reading