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mi manca l’italia

When I was abroad in Italy, I was privy to countless wonderful meals, most of which were lovingly prepared by my host mother, Cristiana.  However, while not cooking our own meals was definitely less work, it made us a bit nostalgic for full-blown kitchen access.

During a weekend visit to Tuscany, four friends and I found ourselves with our own kitchen.  What to make?  Una cena italiana!

La tavola

Our entree of choice: pasta with fresh mozzarella and basil, preceded by local cheeses, meats, and breads.

Vino e formaggio

Accompanying dinner: local wines recommended to us by an old Italian man we talked to in a vineyard between Certaldo and San Gimignano.


This is his grandson, and his photogenic canine friend.

Anyway, back to our dinner.  Since we were among friends, we set the table, but felt no need for serving bowls.

La pasta

Simple enough, and most satisfying, homemade by us.

La pasta, ancora

I hope my host mother would be proud.  Either way, we ate well that night.


fajita friday

In honor of Tara’s recent birthday, we kicked off the weekend with a Fajita Friday.  Tara began by prepping limes for a garnish.

Prepping Limes

The birthday girl

She then chopped some onion and bell pepper and sautéed the lot in canola oil, adding a dash of cayenne pepper.

Prepping onions

Prepped veggies

We broke in Molly & Hannah’s new George Foreman grill with some chicken breast marinated in World Harbors Mexican Style Fajita Sauce & Marinade.

Grilled chicken

What would complete our Mexican feast better than a ripe avocado?


Why, some Goya Spanish Rice, freshly shredded cheddar cheese, TJs white corn, Ortega salsa, and sour cream, of course.

Fajita Friday

Delicious and nutritious.