italian breakfast

Need it, love it, gotta have it - one of life's simple pleasures - pancetta!  My Italian ancestors really knew what they were doing when they came up with this mauve and cream pinwheel of porky pleasure.   And this recipe is a prime example of the old adage - a little goes a long way.  Only a small amount is necessary to bring a robust and sophisticated bacon flavor to any dish it waltzes its way onto.  No ingenious meatless substitute could bring me to my knees like this.  In fact, it's one of the reasons I maintain my omnivorous status - I just couldn't picture a life without it. Read more »

taste of argentina

I just returned from Argentina - one of the most tremendous voyages that Joe and I have taken together to date -and could not be any more ecstatic to share the beauty of the country and cuisine with my fellow food-lovers.  The journey was extraordinarily inspirational to me on both a spiritual and a culinary level.  The common thread between the people we encountered was a simple lifestyle and more specifically, a lifestyle that clearly exuded passion- whether that was passion for growing grapes or olives, making wine, or living off the land.  They didn't seem caught up in the day-to-day ultimately inconsequential matters and stressors that take years off our lives here in the US and in most Westernized industrialized nations.  Instead, they were connected with each other and the land. Read more »