|Summer in Sicily, 2009|
Of course I have been cooking, if not blogging, and have some lovely dishes ready to share: I solved the mystery of soaking fresh beans ( I was always a canned bean person), and have several very nice recipes I developed. I also would like to share some great grill recipes: shish-ke-bob, grilled pizza, and easy side dishes.
A feature I would like to add to my blog is a cookbook review. Even though the internet is helpful in a pinch, nothing takes the place of a good cookbook to leaf through, adapt, mess up and stain. Besides, if you google a recipe, the same sites come up time after time. Cooking.com and Allrecipes.com are good resources but have their limitations. Though the years, I have developed a substantial library of cookbooks, and I would like to share my favorite authors and cookbooks with you, so you can build your own library if you want.
|Olive Oil in casks, in Sciacca, Sicily, 2009|
"Companies importing olive oil are free to label their products “extra-virgin”—even if the same oils wouldn’t qualify for that appellation in Europe, as many impassioned olive oil advocates believe is the case. Nancy Loseke, editor of Fresh Press, a newsletter devoted to olive oil, put it bluntly: “Americans mostly shop the world’s olive oil dregs, the low-rung stuff.”,
|Biceno Olive Oil Factory, Sciacca, Sicily|
|A selection of local favorites, Biceno Factory Store|
I think it is important for me to mark the first anniversary of my blog: I started on a lark, not even knowing how to download photos, and from the reaction of friends, family, and even some strangers, it has been a great success! People seemed entertained by it, they say they enjoy my writing, and most importantly, have tried some of my recipes with success: so to speak, the proof is in the pudding! I intend to devote more time this year, going from monthly to weekly posts. That is my goal! Thank you, readers, for giving me the opportunity to share my passion!
|Ancient Olive Tree, Agrigento, Sicily, 2009|