Ciao, bella Italia (Sorrento)

Sorrento

We arrived in the train station of Sorrento on a lovely early September day. We didn’t have to go far to find our accommodation but we did manage to miss it, and get turned around: down the street from the train station, past the shops and resisting the temptations of gelaterias, through the park and to the right; then, another right, a left and up the street. Finally locating our destination, we were relieved when we figured out how to unlock the entry gate. We were welcomed by a luscious lemon and orange grove with a path leading to an old house.

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Mom’s Picadillo, only healthier

Picadillo [pikaˈðiʎo], means “mince” in Spanish and it is a traditional Latin dish, also popular in the Philippines. Recently, my Filipino friend Marc cooked this delicious dish for us and was kind to share his mom’s recipe, which he modified to create a healthier version. Continue reading “Mom’s Picadillo, only healthier”

Tomato Pie

I always look forward to tasting REAL tomatoes each summer – the ones that come from the local gardens instead of the “plastic” tomatoes from the store. I love the variety of colors, sizes, and tastes! Coincidentally, I stumbled upon a tomato pie recipe on Camellia’s Cottage blog and I’ve decided to give it a try. Continue reading “Tomato Pie”

Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms have a substantial texture and hold well when grilled. They can be enjoyed as they are, with some spices, or you can get creative filling them up before cooking them on the grill or in the oven. Here is what I like to do. Continue reading “Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms”

Bastille Day

It was a double-celebratory weekend for France this July 14 and 15. Their team won the Soccer World Cup and added another star to their record, which happened right after Bastille Day, France’s National Holiday. I had a third reason to celebrate with a French twist: friendship – more specifically, a new friendship with French visitors to the U.S.

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