Category Archives: Pasta

Summer Pasta With Zucchini, Ricotta and Basil

Tuesday, 04 July 2017

I was reading my daily email from the NYT food department and there it was. The perfect confluence – the junction of two rivers – Zucchini and Ricotta. We are starting summer off with what undoubtedly will be too many zucchini in the garden, which requires me to make every zucchini recipe I can get my hands on. And then there’s ricotta. The recipe advertised a recipe for homemade ricotta. Irresistible. I have been wanting to make ricotta for months – just haven’t gotten to it and here was my chance. This recipe had my name all over it. I hunkered on down. Summer Pasta With Zucchini, Ricotta and Basil (-NYT, David Tanis) Fresh Homemade Ricotta (-NYT, Melissa Clark) Ingredients: 1 quart whole...

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Tomato Confit

Monday, 05 September 2016

My friend Karen had a lovely mom - grandma to Sophie and Lily. Her name was Mary Spivey. She was the best. She was beloved. Mary was a wonderful person. She had a very interesting life and shared it with her children. I learned so much being around her – about adventure and risks and what was important; about being quiet; about responsibility and fun; about acceptance. One day I will I tell you about Mary – as I knew her and about her life - as she told it to me. I had the good fortune of hearing about her early years, in detail, when we were in Paris together for one of her birthdays. She was so ahead of her time and so funny and competent. In addition to her history I have my own experience of her to share. I admired...

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Alex Loves the Tomatoes!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

In anticipation of a bumper crop of tomatoes this season I’ve started searching for tomato recipes and experimenting. Wouldn’t want the harvest to get ahead of me (so far I have 2 small green tomatoes in the back yard and 1 medium sized green tomato in the front yard….). Coincidentally and with remarkable timing, my friend Adrian Newell, owner of the store called “Solo” and who is a big part of Warwicks Book store in La Jolla, CA (Warwicks.com) sent me The Tuscan Sun - a beautiful Italian cookbook by Frances and Edward Mayes. I’m in the process of reading it cover to cover – enjoying it enormously. I stopped on page 43 to read “Roasted Tomato” which sounded delicious and I had to make them right then. Fortunately I...

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