Fresh figs are my absolute favorite fruit. So I was thrilled to be part of the recent Figology Fest that highlighted three different types of fresh figs--black mission (my personal favorite), brown Turkey and Calimyrna. Talk about a little bit of fig heaven...I was knee deep in figs. I created a black mission and mascarpone fig tart that utilizes both fresh and dried figs … [Read more...]
Pastiera Napoletana: Wheat Berries and Ricotta = Heaven
Easter is coming soon. Our trip to Italy follows. Okay so I'm in an Italian state of mind, looking forward and backward at the same time. Pastiera is a traditional Easter dessert we had at many dinners when I was growing up. The reason I love it: it's got great texture from the wheat berries or farro, a great citrus flavor from lemons and orange, the ricotta and eggs … [Read more...]
Homemade Ricotta: It’s easier than you think.
It seems everywhere I turn there's an article or video about making homemade ricotta. So finally, I decided to give it a go. I followed the LA Times recipe. It couldn't have been easier. Add the milk and buttermilk to a pot and heat to 185 degrees. … [Read more...]