Ask and Ye Shall Receive

One day, many years ago, when I was visiting my Aunt Rae in her small rural village in Vermont, the two of us went to the Saxton's River Inn for lunch.


Pampered Papa

Did you know that "baba ghanouj" translates to "pampered papa?" In Arabic, baba is papa, or father, and ghanouj is pampered. Neither Wikipedia nor Markipedia know a definitive reason as to how it got this moniker, although harems seem to figure prominently in any attempted explanation.


Yellow Diamonds

In the days when I still liked Bon Appétit, I found this recipe.


Goat Dressing

In the 1920s, goat dressing became a tradition at the Louisiana State University rodeo, and is still an event at many rodeo competitions around the country. Basically, they dress a goat in human clothes - the sillier the better! I am sure the goats aren't physically harmed in this practice... but their pride? Ouch! But that isn't the kind of goat dressing I want to discuss today; we will be dressing up little logs of goat cheese.


When Hummus Isn't Hummus

I made this appetizer recently to bring to a dinner party. I described it as a "roasted chickpea spread," and the hostess replied, "Oh, you're bringing hummus." No, I said, this is not hummus.


It's a Grind

Recently, I was lucky enough to win a beautiful German-made KoMo Classic Grain Mill from Pleasant Hill Grain through a giveaway contest on my friend Christina's blog, Christina's Cucina. Her blog is fantastic, especially if you want either authentic Italian or Scottish recipes - as she is both!


Out on the Streets

The weekly market in Siena.
To me, a city's street food is the soul of its culture. It's honest, authentic, and traditional.