Spring Chill Asparagus Vichyssoise
Delectable / Vegetables / Vegetarian

Spring Chill Asparagus Vichyssoise

I decided to take the Scarlet solution… think about it tomorrow. And capture the romance of the accessory, sometimes called the garnish. In this case the wispy chive flower, packing an unexpected texture and flavor surprise in the Vichyssoise Spring Chill Asparagus Vichyssoise *this Recipe adapted from a recipe from Taste Restaurant, Seattle Museum 1½ … Continue reading

Polka Dot Tart… Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart
Breads Sweet and Savory / Delectable / Some Crust / Vegetables

Polka Dot Tart… Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart

To continue with my blog…is the question of the hour for me. I committed to one year of blogging two years ago this month. I wasn’t sure how it would evolve, a newbie to the blogging world. I registered my domain name Italian Handful.com at Go Daddy. Com and decided to keep using my italianhandful.wordpress.com … Continue reading

Roasted Oyster Mushrooms and Gnocchi Pearls
Delectable / Pasta / Pasta and Grains / Roasted / Vegetables

Roasted Oyster Mushrooms and Gnocchi Pearls

In ancient China oyster mushrooms were sent as a gift to friends and family. The jewelry maker in me couldn’t resist adding the pearls… The graceful appearance of the bloom of the oyster mushroom hooked me at the Green City Farmer’s Market. I wondered if I could roast them to keep the whole mushroom together? … Continue reading

The Spirit Of The Heart
Appetizers and Antipasti / Delectable / Sides / Vegetables / Vegetarian

The Spirit Of The Heart

A media witness daily to the destruction and loss from the tsunami in Japan— I watch with sadness and awe the courage and elegance of the Japanese people, their grace, dignity, gentle strength. I search for words of consolation, find none. My silence —dirge dark. “Egyptian lotus never dies.”—same for our beloved? And as the … Continue reading

Valentine My Heart Beets For You
Beans and Vegetables / Delectable / Holidays / Slender Soups / Soups / Special Occasions / Vegetables / Vegetarian / Writing

Valentine My Heart Beets For You

  Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.   Dalai Lama Drab February festooned in ‘Chinese Red” for the Chinese New Year and Valentine Hearts. How smart! Red is one of the luckiest colors in Chinese traditions, standing for loyalty, success and happiness. Red underwear embroidered with the Chinese Zodiac for the year is one of … Continue reading

Parsnip Potato Leek Gratin and Gandhi
Delectable / Sides / Vegetables / Writing

Parsnip Potato Leek Gratin and Gandhi

I accepted a challenge from Green City Farmer’s Market to submit a recipe and pictures using products found at the January market. Organic root vegetables were abundant. I read that with vegetables buried in the earth, and fruits on trees you don’t peel; organic is best. Green City Farmers Market is organic. Therefore my choice. … Continue reading