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Wednesday
Feb182009

Has It Been One Year? It's My Blogiversary

I can't believe it's been one year since starting this blog. It's been such a fun outlet for my love of cooking and along the way, I've met some incredible fellow bloggers from all over the world. I still can't get over the amazing creativity, passion and talent that exists in the food blog world. There are some people that are truly outstanding and yet so generous and helpful.  If some of you readers have never done so, please check out my favorite food blogs in the sidebar and enjoy reading some of these great blogs.   This blog has also enabled me to launch The Daily Colander, my other site that focuses on food news, kitchen finds and great food videos.  Give me a visit over there and let me know what you think!

The best thing about cooking is enjoying the company of the people you are feeding. There are so many wonderful dishes I can't wait to cook and so many people I love to feed. I look forward to sharing all this with you in the year to come. Thanks to everyone who reads this blog and your many wonderful comments and e-mails.

Looking back, these are some of my favorite dishes:

from top left:
Pasta with Shrimp and Sicilian Pesto, Torta di Nada, Roasted Squash Ravioli with Sage, Eggplant Rolatini, Italian Easter Bread, Almond Raspberry Cake, Black Pepper Fettuccine with Parsnips and Pancetta, Scallops in Saffron Sauce, Almond Tart and Porchetta.

Wednesday
Feb112009

My Mom's Zucchini Lasagna

Mom and my brother, George, in Naples


My mom, Angela, passed away in 1985. She was from Sicily and I was just really beginning to get into cooking when she died. A short time ago, I was flipping through an old Italian cookbook of hers and saw this recipe, written by her, in the back of the book:

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Thursday
Feb052009

World Nutella Day - Nutella/Banana Pastry Purses

That's right, it's World Nutella Day.  This indulgent day was created by Sara Rosso, an American blogger living in Italy who writes Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle Fabio, another American blogger living in Italy who writes Bleeding Espresso.   These two women adore Nutella and wanted to create a day when we all indulge! In the spirit of that day, I've made some Nutella Purses which contain banana - one of the two great combinations in all of food history - banana and Nutella.  These are so easy to make and only take a few minutes.   You can certainly add some nuts to this if you like, which I would have done (walnuts, specifically) but I am the only soul in my household that likes nuts.  If you've never bought Nutella before,  you can find it next to the peanut butter in almost any grocery store.  It's a staple in Europe, even at breakfast.  Please visit The World Nutella Day site on February 9th to see the complete 2009 roundup of Nutella recipes from all around the world.

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