Kicking Up Your Vodka (and The Moscow Kicking Mule)

I love vodka. Actually, I’m not sure whether I should put that statement in writing. But it’s true. Vodka martinis, vodka lemonade, vodka soda, Moscow mules – vodka is a keeper. I have a lot of different vodkas from all over the world, but for my “house” vodka, I use Iceberg. Besides the fact that it’s Canadian,… Continue reading Kicking Up Your Vodka (and The Moscow Kicking Mule)

Some Like It Hot

I’ve always had a bit of a thing for hot sauces. It goes back years. My old roommate, Leigh, and I would joke that if you opened our fridge, there wasn’t much there except for the wall of hot sauces. I still buy them when I travel. I have picked up hot sauces in Phoenix,… Continue reading Some Like It Hot

All’s Fair in Love (and Antiques)

If I’m in Italy at the right time, this is one of my favourite things to do there. The Arezzo Antique Fair is held the first Sunday of every month and the Saturday that precedes it. It is not the first Saturday and Sunday of the month. The Saturday can actually fall in the previous… Continue reading All’s Fair in Love (and Antiques)

Black Beauty Bean Soup

If you don’t have a slow cooker, run out and buy one now. No, like right now. I love my slow cooker. It comes in handy for preparing dinners while you work and has the added benefit of making your house smell fabulous when you walk in the door. This is a great recipe for the… Continue reading Black Beauty Bean Soup

Panna Cotta with Royal Raspberry Sauce

This beautifully creamy no-bake dessert from the Piedmonte region is easy and quick. “Panna cotta” literally means cooked cream, but the simple goodness of cream, sugar and gelatin make it the perfect candidate for customization. If you want to mix it up a bit, you can substitute Grand Marnier, Creme de Menthe (white or green… Continue reading Panna Cotta with Royal Raspberry Sauce

Super Pasta – Lemon Garlic Spaghetti With Grape Tomatoes and Rapini

    I love lemon. It is my favourite gelato flavor. That tangy citrus burst of freshness just brightens any dish. Lemons are also high in Vitamin C, which helps prevent scurvy; they help stimulate your liver; they help clean your  bowels and destroy intestinal worms and if that wasn’t enough, lemons contain 22 anti-cancer fighting compounds.… Continue reading Super Pasta – Lemon Garlic Spaghetti With Grape Tomatoes and Rapini

Chicken While You Work

I’m like a lot of people out there. I work full-time, but I also try to make as many of my meals as possible at home, instead of buying prepared food. Doris is a woman I’ve worked with for many years. She has a small child, a husband and she works afternoons.  If she doesn’t… Continue reading Chicken While You Work