Venetian Inspired

While I can’t say that I was born with a wooden spoon in my hand, I definitely had a passion for cooking and food from an early age.  That’s thanks mainly to my mother and a few aunts who were/are wonderful cooks.  But when I studied abroad in Venice as a junior in college (back…

Red, White and Baby Blue!

Beaches, BBQs and booze.  That’s the typical agenda for celebrating our nation’s holiday over this long weekend.  But in all the hype, we often overlook that – for various reasons – not everyone gets to down several hot dogs and bottles of beer. This year my ability to eat and drink has been slightly curtailed.…

TBT: Feast of the Seven Fishes

This was originally posted in 2012, which would turn out to be my last Christmas with my mother.  Although we usually had some sort of seafood when I was growing up, we’d been trying to do the Feast of the Seven Fishes over the last several years.  For this occasion, I took care of all…

Bastille Day Tribute: The New Wine Bars of Paris

Having a glass of wine in France is like having water in the US (unless you’re in California). In fact, you’ll rarely be offered water when dining in Paris. On this Bastille Day, I thought it was fitting to finally finish my last post on Paris and write about the French tradition of wine consumption,…

Fresh Pasta with Grilled Squid and Ramps

Here’s one last ramp recipe for the tail end of the season on a not so warm (early) start to the Memorial Day weekend in the Northeast.  If you’ve been following me on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll see I’ve been experimenting with making my own pasta using my Mom’s machine.  It only takes a few…

Ramping Up Your Risotto

Ramp week would not be complete at EDA without a risotto recipe!  Since I’ve been a little busy lately (trying my hand at cheesemongering), I had to throw last night’s dinner together with what was on hand.  Scallops and ramps came from the Greenmarket over the weekend.  Fresh chives came from a friend’s backyard.  Crab…