Thursday, April 24, 2014

Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi

I love pasta and growing up it was a special treat when my grandmother or uncle made homemade pasta, especially when it was potato gnocchi. Gnocchi is my favorite. One day I vowed I would make it myself. It has been on my to-do list for years now.

Well, I finally did it. I had the time. I had the potatoes. I had the motivation.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Upscale Italian at Arezzo in Westport

Right from the start, I'm going to put this out there -  I think growing up with such good Italian cooks and hopefully inheriting some of their skill,  has made me biased ... well, maybe not bias, more like very particular ... ok, fine,  I'm an Italian food snob.

So, with that said, I usually do not go out for Italian food. However, when the chance to check out a revamped Italian spot in Westport presented itself, I had to give it a shot. That spot is the newly renovated Arezzo Ristorante + Bar in Westport, an upscale Italian restaurant with waterfront dining, right alongside the Saugatuck River.

Restaurateur Juan Ceballos and chefs/brothers Vinicio, Sergio and Bolivar Llanos have been working together for over 20 years. Their foray into the restaurant world began while under the guidance of famed Italian Chef Pino Luongo, who in the 1980s and 1990s helped popularize Tuscan food with more than a dozen restaurants throughout the US. Now Ceballos and the Llanos brothers have set out on an adventure all their own with Arezzo Ristorante + Bar.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Have Some Food and Some Laughs

A comedy dinner "Laugh Your Way to Better Health" to benefit the Danbury Farmers' Market Community Collaborative will be held on Thursday, May 8th at 7pm at Two Steps Downtown Grille at 5 Ives St. in downtown Danbury.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Need for No-Knead

One of my favorite things, especially to go with a hearty stew or soup, is a nice piece of crusty bread. You know the kind I'm talking about - crunchy on the outside and airy, soft on the inside. The kind of rustic bread just begging for you to tear off a piece and devour.

Photo by Renato Ghio

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Irish Comfort Food: Shepherd's Pie

Whether you call it Shepherd's Pie or Cottage Pie, you really can't go wrong with ground meat and veggies covered in a mashed potato crust.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Beauty of Cauliflower Crust

Lately I have been seeing recipes for cauliflower crust pizza popping up all over Pinterest and Facebook. I have to admit that I was skeptical. Very skeptical.

I like cauliflower, but I just wasn't sure it would make for a good crust base. Yet, at the same time I was intrigued and couldn't resist giving it a try.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Taste of Bistro 7 in Wilton

It's hard to believe, but sometimes Renato and I aren't together. Shocker, I know. Recently while he was away on business, I decided to throw on my party shoes, grab a friend and head to a VIP tasting dinner at Bistro 7 in Wilton.

My friend Stephanie is not a food blogger, but she sure acts like one. I mean she already takes photos of her food and shares 'em all over Facebook! She was the perfect person to bring to dinner and I even asked her to write about it.

So, without further adieu, here is her first official food blogger recap!