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Saturday
Feb282009

Daring Bakers: Valentino Cakes


So it's Daring Baker's Challenge time again! This month, the February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE's blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef. They have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.

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Wednesday
Feb182009

Has It Been One Year? It's My Blogiversary

I can't believe it's been one year since starting this blog. It's been such a fun outlet for my love of cooking and along the way, I've met some incredible fellow bloggers from all over the world. I still can't get over the amazing creativity, passion and talent that exists in the food blog world. There are some people that are truly outstanding and yet so generous and helpful.  If some of you readers have never done so, please check out my favorite food blogs in the sidebar and enjoy reading some of these great blogs.   This blog has also enabled me to launch The Daily Colander, my other site that focuses on food news, kitchen finds and great food videos.  Give me a visit over there and let me know what you think!

The best thing about cooking is enjoying the company of the people you are feeding. There are so many wonderful dishes I can't wait to cook and so many people I love to feed. I look forward to sharing all this with you in the year to come. Thanks to everyone who reads this blog and your many wonderful comments and e-mails.

Looking back, these are some of my favorite dishes:

from top left:
Pasta with Shrimp and Sicilian Pesto, Torta di Nada, Roasted Squash Ravioli with Sage, Eggplant Rolatini, Italian Easter Bread, Almond Raspberry Cake, Black Pepper Fettuccine with Parsnips and Pancetta, Scallops in Saffron Sauce, Almond Tart and Porchetta.

Wednesday
Feb112009

My Mom's Zucchini Lasagna

Mom and my brother, George, in Naples


My mom, Angela, passed away in 1985. She was from Sicily and I was just really beginning to get into cooking when she died. A short time ago, I was flipping through an old Italian cookbook of hers and saw this recipe, written by her, in the back of the book:

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