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Tangerine Drop Martini
Friday, January 10, 2014
4 min read

Tangerine Drop Martini

Mid-winter brings a more monotonous selection in the produce aisle but a bounteous variety in the citrus section. While the fresh berries and melons of summer have faded into memory, the market is piled high with oranges, grapefruits, lemons and…

Porcini Mushroom Barley Soup
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
5 min read

Porcini Mushroom Barley Soup

The Italians, especially the Tucsons, use porcini mushrooms, fresh or dried, in sauces, risottos and stews. When you buy them dried, they have a very concentrated savory mushroom aroma. Because I could not bring home the fresh porcini, I was happy to bring home a few vacuum packs of the dried mushrooms as a souvenir of Tuscany.
Pickled Eggplant
Friday, October 25, 2013
3 min read

Italian Pickled Eggplant

As part of apertivo in Fano, Italy, I had eggplant that was delicious. I've had plenty of marinated or roasted eggplant before, but this was a tangy, raw eggplant pickle. When I came home, I knew that I had to try to make pickled eggplant myself.
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