2015 Year in Review

As I reflect on how my life has changed in the past year, I’ve come to realize that 2015 was a year of adventure, cooking, traveling, eating delicious meals and trying new things.  After 2014, a year where I focused on cleaning up my finances by paying off all my credit card debt, I realized […]

Italy: Grotte di Castellana and Masseria Papaperta

History of the Grotte di Castellana The Grotte di Castellana is a series of caves in the Itria Valley that began to form over 90 million years ago. During the Cretaceous period, the valley was submerged by an ancient sea. For millions of years the lifeforms (shellfish and marine plants) left their carcasses on the […]

Italy: Lecce and Otranto

Lecce is a southern Italian city that was founded over 2000 years ago by the Messapii people. The city’s main export is a very soft and malleable stone, which is traditionally used to carve sculptures. The city is also known for its olive oil, wine and ceramic production. The city landscape displays a plethora of […]

Mmm, Yummy Coconut Cupcake

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do was spend time in the kitchen with my mom when she was baking a cake. I loved licking the bowl clean after she finished.  Although she used a family recipe, which was a jazzed up version of boxed cake mix with canned […]

Wings and Things

I LOVE meat. Vegetarians at this point, you might want to look away because this week, it’s all about meat. Two of my favorite kinds of meat are chicken wings (preferably fried or as hot wings) and ribs (short rib, baby-back or spareribs). I could and would eat wings and ribs everyday if I wasn’t […]

Sweet Bite: So Pretty and So Tasty

The route to yummy usually begins in one of two ways: either by sight or by smell. In some cases, both sight and smell play a role in the journey to yummy-ville. Lately, I’ve been thinking about packaging and how it can increase the delightful reception of baked goods. Recently I made chocolate chip brownies […]

Carrot Cake: The “Everything But the Kitchen Sink” of Cakes

My favorite form of baked goods is the cupcake.  Eating a cupcake is like enjoying a treat that was specifically baked for you and only you. I enjoy baked goods so much so that I even enjoy baking baked goods. Every once in a while I frenzy bake.  What I mean by this is that […]