My grandmother always grew her own chamomile for tea. She used to dry it in her attic, which was a magical place to explore during my childhood trips to her home in Italy. The smell of chamomile still brings me back to those days. I think my grandmother believed chamomile tea with honey fixed just […]
Mint is an easy herb to grow. Most people buy a tiny mint plant at the garden store and pop it into the garden, and that’s pretty well that. But if you want to do it right, there are a few more things you need to know. I tried to plant a mint garden. I […]
These herbs don’t look like much now, but just wait a few weeks. There will be overflowing pots of mint and rosemary happening on my back deck. Here’s my secret: I treat them badly all winter. I stuff them into a dark cold storage space and ignore them for months. No water, no plant food, […]
I love Rosemary. Actually I love all herbs and have been experimenting with many in the last few years now that I have a backyard, but we’ll leave that post to spring. I have a particular and intense love affair with Rosemary. It’s often overlooked because of its’ intense flavor,
My mom has a quirky and adorable way of giving gifts – she’s been known to stuff a little parcel into your hands or your bag as you are walking out the door, all the while waving you off as only a good Italian mom can.
After getting a massage at a local spa, I took some time to relax in their lounge. Sipping on water flavored with cucumber slices got me thinking. I often throw a slice of lemon or lime into my water, but why couldn’t water be flavored with other things? Later at home, I looked around my […]
In the last couple of years I have attended a number of different cooking classes and have become used to having all my ingredients laid out around me while I cook, within arms’ reach. One habit I quickly adopted in my home kitchen is to have a couple of small plates or bowls of specialty […]