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Food, Recipes, and Photography — Pinch My Salt

Food, Recipes, and Photography — Pinch My Salt
As if the scent of roses, lilacs, and orange blossoms wafting around our yard hadn’t been enough of a clue, the arrival of sugar snap peas in our CSA box is a sure sign that spring has definitely, absolutely arrived. While I know that the weather hasn’t been very pleasant in other parts of the country, it’s been mostly warm and beautiful here punctuated with a few brief bouts of much needed and prayed for rain. It’s actually sprinkling on and off as I type this. It’s one of those strange and beautiful early evenings where the sky is dark and stormy but the setting sun is low enough to break through and brighten everything down below. It’s a striking contrast and especially beautiful since everything is wet and sparkling from the afternoon showers. For the last month we’ve been working around the yard and slowly getting various beds in shape for planting.

Muddy Buddies Recipe I LOVE LOVE LOVE when some of the most yummiest treats are also the most easiest to make. Ten years ago my friend Nancy gave each woman in our small group a beautifully packaged container of Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies. This was the first time I had ever had this “crazy good” treat. From the first bite I was hooked but also intrigued by what it was made of. 4 Low-Cost Foods for Everyday Italian Cooking Popular in Food & Drink I have to admit I have a few pet peeves when it comes to cooking Italian food at home. My biggest issue is with the claim that good Italian food costs too much and is time consuming to prepare. I say "Nonsense!" and counter with a story near and dear to my heart: namely, my Italian parents' food odysey upon arriving in the United States in the 1970s. Like with many recent immigrants, money was tight in the Scordo household, and time was even harder to come by as both of my parents worked long hours.

Bacon + Chocolate = World Peace? December 29, 2009 at 1:47 pm When I was in 5th grade, my class went on an overnight trip to a pioneer farm. We took a tour of the farm, learned about the equipment and tools, and slept that evening in a real pioneer cabin. The next morning after breakfast, we were given our authentic pioneer chores. Mine was cleaning up after the farm’s pig, Susan Bacon Anthony. I was not amused.

Confections Blog It’s eight-thirty in the morning at Magnolia Pub and Brewery, the glass windows are clouded and dripping with precipitation while the fog is cool and sits low in the upper Haight-Ashbury neighborhood where our newly favorite pub is located. Beer drinking is relatively new to me, call me a snob, most of my legal age drinking years had been dedicated to spirits and wine – I would not touch beer if I were stranded on a deserted island with mountains of kegs as my only means to hydrate … let me explain, my first and traumatic relationship with beer was in high school back in Hawaii where I grew up – Primo beer; I liken this fluid to foamy, yellow, sour water. I recall swigging bottles of Primo with the rigor of an old sailor only to be spent for the rest of the evening into the early morning over a toilet bowl as the world around me spun like a carnival ride gone berserk! Mind you I’m talking a million years ago in my youth – when I knew nothing about anything. Magnolia story continues…

Anna Tasca Lanza Italian and Sicilian Cooking Courses 5 Day Course | 3 Day Course | Overnight Stay | Lesson & Lunch Regaleali-Tasca d’Almerita is one of the most important wine-producing estates in Sicily. Most of the food that appears on its tables is produced on the farm: poultry, lamb, sheep’s milk cheese, wheat, olive oil, vegetables and fruit. Its fine wines accompany all meals. The Bitten Word (Photos, clockwise from top left: Bar Pilar, Little Serow courtesy of The Washingtonian, Le Diplomate, Rose's Luxury) Here's something we've been meaning to do for years (literally years) on this blog: share our favorite places to eat in Washington, D.C. Our Nation's Capital is flooded with deliciousness these days. Over the years we've gladly answered readers' questions about where they should eat when they visit D.C. Right now, despite the chill in the air, Cherry Blossom season is upon us.

Cravings - Holiday Cookies Now that it's December, I am officially in the mood for some delicious holiday sweets! I love having lots of sweet little cookies in my kitchen for guests who might pop in at this festive time of year (and of course for myself while I'm working at my little desk!) I used to have a great book of holiday cookie recipes, but somehow it seems to have gotten lost when we moved last year. Every recipe had a little bit of history with each cookie, and I just loved telling the story of where each cookie came from as my friends and family enjoyed each little, teeny bite :) Now that the season is upon us again, I am trying to put together a great little list of beautiful holiday cookies that I can whip up while I'm bored (yea, cause that happens!)

Rustico Cooking - Italian Cheeses Focaccine Calde con Finocchio e Mozzarella Piccante Roasted Fennel & Spiced Mozzarella Panini Store-bought focaccia will work, but why not try our foolproof focaccia recipe for this succulent panino? For the fennel: 1 large fennel bulb, quartered, trimmed, cored, and thinly sliced 2 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper For the panini:

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