A few weeks ago, I took Baby Blue to New York, to visit my friend Katie. I was Katie’s nanny throughout my college years. She and I have remained very close throughout the years. We try to visit one another, at least once a year. During my last visit, Katie introduced me to her Nespresso machine.
I have not been the same ever since.
I’ve been making my own Biscotti Cookies for 25 years. I spent the first ten of those years perfecting this recipe.
I like making biscotti around the holidays. My guests love dipping them in coffee or espresso. But, I truly feel that what makes these biscotti cookies stand out from most biscotti cookies is that they are moist and soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. Just sheer perfection.
So, here is my rationale to why Italians call their meat sauce, gravy. It has meat in it! If it does not have meat in it, then we call it a sauce or marinara. My grandmother (like her mom and her mom’s mom and her mom’s grandmother, and so on) made gravy using several cuts of meats (veal, pork, sausage, etc.) and two pots. One for the meat and one for the sauce. She’d marry the two together after a few steps and BAM, it became Italian style gravy.
I was recently asked for some advice on kitchen tools and gadgets. It wasn’t easy narrowing it down to my top ten. But, these are my top 10 kitchen items based on convenience, durability, and value.*
The first time I had a salmon dish like this was in Ithaca, New York. A few years ago, Scott had taken me to this secluded, yet rustic and beautiful bed and breakfast, outside of the main town. It was called Casper’s Farm & Villa. Michael, the host, prepared a gourmet meal for Scott and me that I would say was the third most memorable meal I’ve ever eaten. In my life! (First was Frances’ Lodge in Tuscany. Second was a Trattoria in Ravello.)
Scott and I just returned from a glorious, seven night cruise to the Caribbean. It was everything we wanted it to be. Romantic. Fun. Relaxing. The weather was perfect. The scenery was beautiful. And, the food was so delicious. I rarely eat 100% healthy on vacation. I just feel that it goes against what a vacation should be. Indulgence!