Pistachio Snacking Cake

On an expedition to Pizzeria Beddia, a pizza place in Fishtown (Philly) where there is one obsessive guy making only 40 exclusive pies a night, after a friend and I were told to come back three hours after we ordered, we wandered the neighborhood a bit and found an adorable teeny grocery store called Green Aisle Grocery. There, I fell in love with some bright green pistachio butter that I just had to buy, as my head immediately filled with images of bright green dollops adorning my morning oatmeal and topping my toast. Continue reading “Pistachio Snacking Cake”

Pasta Rossa con Cavolfiore

Wow it’s been a while since I last posted! I don’t really have a good excuse other than I have not been feeling inclined to share what I’ve been cooking, which has mostly been some iteration of vegetables, boiled or sauteed together, usually on top of some grain.  I also did not want to give you guys another sweet recipe, because the ratio of sweet to savory is getting out of hand and if I don’t inject some salt into this blog it’s going to get diabetes. Continue reading “Pasta Rossa con Cavolfiore”

White Wine and Olive Oil Cake with White Chocolate Ganache

Happy Labor Day everyone!

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We went to a little beach near Solomons Island on the Chesapeake Bay.  I saw a blue crab, two beautiful butterflies, and a little green snake!  It was a good day. Continue reading “White Wine and Olive Oil Cake with White Chocolate Ganache”

Fig and Walnut Cake

I never thought I’d say it, but I’m tired of eating figs.  There’s a rather anemic tree in my neighborhood in Sicily that invests all of its energy into pumping out extremely sweet, juicy, and perishable figs, and our fridge is full of them.  Due to the fact that my siblings don’t like figs, my 86-year-old nonna and I are tasked with consuming them.

Well, when fig fatigue sets in, make cake! Continue reading “Fig and Walnut Cake”

Yogurt and Citrus Charlotte

It’s been a while since I posted a recipe, and that’s mostly because my kitchen here in Frankfurt is missing some crucial appliances for effective cooking.  Colander, kitchen scale (or any sort of measuring equipment), cake pan, pie pan… ok so the last two aren’t essential but I still need them!   Continue reading “Yogurt and Citrus Charlotte”

Life in Germany Part 1: Bäckerei

Here begins my series on my life in Germany this summer! I am spending about a month and a half in Frankfurt working at a lab at Goethe University, and I am excited about exploring a whole new city and culture.  I’ve been here about a little over a week now and let me tell you, not knowing any German at all is a problem.  Everyone told me that everyone in Frankfurt speaks English, but that was a lie.  The language barrier has spawned such huge problems as struggling to find the baking powder in the supermarket, being unable to read the settings on the washing machine (and therefore taking 30 minutes to press “start”), and not being able to understand if someone is complimenting me on my skirt or saying something completely unrelated. Continue reading “Life in Germany Part 1: Bäckerei”