European (Western and Eastern) Cuisine · Soups & Salads

Farinata di cavolo nero (Tuscan kale and polenta stew)

Going to Italy made me realize that I possessed the Italian food vocabulary of a *sigh* stereotypical “American in Italy.” I could barely decipher words when ordering at a restaurant and it irritated me so much that I’ve decided to cook my way until I’m fluent in Italian food words. Case in point, if you… Continue reading Farinata di cavolo nero (Tuscan kale and polenta stew)

Cookies · Desserts · European (Western and Eastern) Cuisine · Mediterreanean Cuisine

Pignoli (Italian pine nut meringue cookies)

Sometimes you want more than a chocolate chip cookie. Pine nuts in desserts are a rare if not unheard of ingredient in the US. They are normally reserved for pesto or maybe a topping on a salad so you can imagine my giddiness when I saw them in cookies, tarts, and sweet breads in Europe.… Continue reading Pignoli (Italian pine nut meringue cookies)

Breakfast & Brunch · Desserts · Fruits

Raspberry Streusel Bars

Know that saying, “Keep is simple, stupid?” When it comes to baking, I can’t. Actually….I can’t. I frequently have the problem where I have cartons of berries sitting in my fridge. Even after repeated trips made back to the fridge due to hunger, boredom, feigned hunger, full-but-still-want-to-eat hunger, the berries areĀ stillĀ in the fridge. It seems… Continue reading Raspberry Streusel Bars