The Only 3 Knives You’ll Ever Need & How to Use Them

For years I struggled to completely wrap each noodle around my fork, just like they do in the movies. The end result was never picture-perfect and inevitably, a splash of sauce would find its way into my eye or onto my clothes. It was at a small café in Florence that I was first served my pasta with a fork and spoon. With the help of a spoon, I could tightly and accurately wrap my linguine, spaghetti and angel hair pasta into a twirl so flawless it was almost a shame to eat it. Undeniably, when it comes to cooking and eating, the right utensils make for a much more enjoyable experience. Continue reading

Tomato Overload!

There is almost no more intoxicating a smell than freshly picked tomatoes off of our backyard vine, and my family waits anxiously all summer for the opportunity to dig into juicy, sun-ripened tomatoes. Finally, they arrive in our garden…and then they just keep coming! And we love it. Almost all of our dinnertimes between late July and September include ripe tomatoes. Continue reading

Top 7 Unexpected Ways to Eat Zucchini

Recently I bought a tank top that promised I could roll out of bed in it, then wear to yoga, then on to brunch. Fascinated, I held it in my hand, imagining how whimsical and lighthearted my life would be once I slipped it over my head. That night, I wore my new tank top to bed, only to have my plan derailed the next morning when I overslept for my yoga class and no one invited me to brunch. In any case, all this is to explain why I am enamored of zucchini. The versatility! This summer, embrace your bumper crop of zucchini with these non-boring and tasty ways to chop, grate and bake that ubiquitous summer veggie. Zucchini, you’re everything I want you to be…and more. Continue reading