Beyond Kitchen Doors: To Complain or Not?

The clams were sandy.  The more I ate the more grit I chomped.  The spaghetti was a little salty, but edible.  Wait.  Nope.  The more I ate, the saltier it got and the thirstier I got.  Spaghetti with clams seems simple, but clams are very sandy and very briny. So they need to be scrubbedContinue reading “Beyond Kitchen Doors: To Complain or Not?”

Cracklings!

There is still plenty of suckling pig in our freezer: a bit of pancetta, a piece of five spiced pig belly, one more ham, two shoulders, the trotters, the head, and a bunch of bones.  We cooked a bone-in loin the first weekend. It was the tiniest loin you ever saw – smaller than rackContinue reading “Cracklings!”

Suckling Pig Carbonara

D. and I are keeping our promise to our little suckling pig to make it delicious, and not to waste a bit. Earlier this week we were craving pasta carbonara, and I thought, what better way to put our suckling pig pancetta to use?  Not only was it super easy, we were able to makeContinue reading “Suckling Pig Carbonara”

Brunch Menu Teasers

Italians don’t eat brunch.  At least not that I could tell.  I traveled northern Italy for over two weeks in 2012.  For our morning meals we drank espresso and ate bread, charcuterie, cheese, and sometimes some fruit. But from Venice to the Ligurian coast, I never saw a poached egg, anywhere. So when a friendContinue reading “Brunch Menu Teasers”