A Rose By Any Other Name Cake

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – Juliet I came up with this cake for my Romeo and Juliet dinner. It’s a Fiori di Sicliia bundt cake served with summer berries and freshly whipped cream. Fiori di Sicilia is perfect for the theme,…

Italian for an Italian

One of my best friends from college was in town this weekend and I was so excited to cook for her. I spent many Sunday afternoons in her Italian family’s kitchen learning the tricks of authentic Italian cooking.(Shoutout to Mama Caruso for teaching me how to cook beet greens. I never waste the greens now!) Here…

Three Course Bacon Dinner

This meal marked the end of an era. My good friend Megan is moving away this weekend. I spent the better part of two years cooking dinner for her weekly, experimenting with all sorts of dishes. She is one of the most delightful people to cook for because she’s game to try anything. (Plus, she insists…

Easy Swiss Chard Pasta

I’m going to be honest with you. I’ve never cooked Swiss chard before making this pasta. And it turned out perfectly! That’s how simple this method is. I don’t even particularly LIKE Swiss chard but I decided to grow some after being inspired by The Beekman Boys last spring. It just looked so pretty in…

Grilled Swordfish Pasta

Today I visited Jimmy’s Food Store, a speciality Italian grocery in Dallas, for the first time. I got the most delightful Mafalde pasta imported from Italy and had to think up a dish worthy of such fine pasta. Enjoy this little taste of Italy! Grilled Swordfish Pasta Two swordfish steaks 1/2 package pasta (I used…

BST Gnocchi

You guys, this gnocchi dish is the best thing I ever made. Creamy, lemony, bacon-y AND its ready in twenty minutes. Get ready to have your gnocchi world rocked! Bacon Spinach Tomato (BST) Gnocchi in a Lemon-Ricotta Sauce 1 package Italian gnocchi 6 strips bacon 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 cup ricotta 1 lemon…