Italian-style vegetable stew

Vegetables, pesto and tomato sauce. What can be simpler? But a vegetable stew, when properly cooked, is anything but simple. With just the right amount of aromatics, and slow … [Read more...]


Cheese-topped skillet potatoes

The potatoes are boiled, cooled and sliced. A skillet is generously smeared with butter. The sliced potatoes are arranged, slightly overlapping, along the outer edge of the … [Read more...]


Sun-dried tomatoes

It was from Biba Caggiano that I first learned about sun-dried tomatoes. She would add a few to her pasta sauce -- apart from all the tomato sauce made from her food mill -- … [Read more...]


Olympic chili coco chicken

We didn't get to see the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics live on August 8. We would have missed it forever if it weren't for a replay yesterday morning. I didn't … [Read more...]