Struffoli Italian Confetti Honey Balls
Desserts / Holidays / Pastry and Pies / Writing

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

Art of the Tart…think Spring
Appetizers and Antipasti / Breads Sweet and Savory / Some Crust / Writing

Art of the Tart…think Spring

The weatherman says 18 inches of snow by Wednesday. Chicagoans are getting their provisions— ready to hibernate, cozy-in— books, movies, games, fires, family, comfort-food, shovels, plows, chairs on the street, sleds and fun…for sure no school. I’m thinking Spring,.. missing the brights, the colors, especially yellow. And of Taline’s Tarte à l’onion with it’s warm bright … Continue reading

Super Bowl Avocado Cream Chili Pot Pie
Beans / Beans and Vegetables / Breads / Delectable / Main Dishes / Vegetables / Vegetarian / Writing

Super Bowl Avocado Cream Chili Pot Pie

Nancy and John had a Chili and Cornbread Cook-Off. There were three categories, Chili, Vegetarian Chili, and Cornbread. What an aromatic… and filling. Fun and easy! After 4pm people started arriving with grins, boxes, pots, slow-cookers, beer, wine, and kids. A serious competition. This group is serious about their Chili. Pierre, The 2010 Rib Throwdown … Continue reading

Maestro Riccardo Muti’s Bread For The Soul
Holidays / Special Occasions / Writing

Maestro Riccardo Muti’s Bread For The Soul

The Last Sunday of Summer. The afternoon air tinged with damp. The hum of energy and anticipation, furtive glances of you’re-too-late mixed with smiles of recognition, smart phone connections, looking, eating, reading, drinking, talking, laughing, watching, and waiting… The first concert under the baton of Grandissimo Maestro Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s new music … Continue reading

Taste Life; Dive-In
Holidays / Parties / Special Occasions / Writing

Taste Life; Dive-In

Taste of Pensacola, a Chicago neighborhood block party, cordoned off with cars at each end, so the kids can ride bikes and trikes on the street all day. Complete with a blown-up-bouncing??? like a trampoline on steroids??? machine? Where children bounce up and down, giggling, falling, getting up again, sweating with exertion, breathless with fun. … Continue reading

Passion. Parmesan and Polenta Pizzazz
Appetizers and Antipasti / Pasta and Grains / Polenta / Writing

Passion. Parmesan and Polenta Pizzazz

A newbie in the world of social media, I left WordPress Camp Chicago with a head full of ideas and inspiration. The speakers were generous, information flowed and “networking” worthy of the name. Informed, appreciative and awed— my brain trailed tracks of acronyms— plugged-in to the web culture. Lisa Sabin-Wilson coordinated WPWordCampChicago. Lisa wrote WordPress … Continue reading