Art Institute’s de Kooning and Executive Chef Jason Gordon Inspire What’s Next?
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Art Institute’s de Kooning and Executive Chef Jason Gordon Inspire What’s Next?

                      What now?  My quandary resembled de Kooning’s Untitled XI — one of his “20 new canvases”completed at 71 years old. What’s next? What is my passion? My answers and inspiration come from going outside myself… the Art Institute of Chicago my muse. I put … Continue reading

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When the Stars make you drool like … John’s Hearty Pasta Fazool that’s… Amore
Beans / Holidays / Italian Soups / Main Dishes / Pasta / Soups / Valentine's Day / Vegetables / Writing

When the Stars make you drool like … John’s Hearty Pasta Fazool that’s… Amore

Heart Throb… How many hearts did you break? How many songs did it take? VALENTINE IT’S YOU!  How many times, no clue— How many promises to be true? “Don’t be a fool, eat pasta fazool.”  In the mood to brood? Change your attitude… With  John’s  Hearty comfort food.  JOHN’S “HEARTY” PASTA FAZOOL INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons butter, divided … Continue reading

Struffoli Balls Not From the Bakery For Anthony
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Struffoli Balls Not From the Bakery For Anthony

This Strufolli recipe is for Anthony. Anthony commented on my Struffoi recipe…and gave me a great laugh. I ordered the Struffoli balls and didn’t make them… for Easter. Now it’s Christmas and time to make them again. Anthony’s Comment: “They look wonderful, but there’s no recipe! Go to an Italian bakery and BUY them? That’s … Continue reading

Struffoli Italian Confetti Honey Balls
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Struffoli Italian Confetti Honey Balls

Struffoli, strufoli, struffoli—Italian Honey Balls! A Neapolitan dessert my Grandma Micaletti brought to every Easter Sunday family celebration I can remember—since I was a little girl. Grandma Micaletti, my dad’s mom, didn’t cook. She was a bakery girl. There never was a Struffoli recipe handed down in our family. My mom’s family was from Abruzzi. … Continue reading

Not So “Easy” But Delicious “Lemon Squares”
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Not So “Easy” But Delicious “Lemon Squares”

Call it my Italian Spring thing. It begins with forsythia’s bright yellow star-shaped flowers, then childhood’s marshmallow “peeps” everywhere and before I know it I’m heading to the bakery for a Lemon Slice aka Lemon Square, Lemon bar— the same bright yellow shimmying pastry —but I’ve been using the wrong name. And I just got … Continue reading