Occasionally, if you are lucky in life, as I am, you meet someone whose unique qualitiesÂ create a whole new color inÂ the crayon box of your life. Lisa Cifelli was that sort of a person for me. Her humor, kindnessÂ and humanity were amazing. She could also swear you into a whole new dictionary- which, I think, made me love her even more. 🙂 Lisa of La Mia Cucina and Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice co-founded the Daring Bakers (which eventually expanded and morphed into Daring Kitchen) in November of 2006 more on that here. They challenged each other to make a Hot Buttered Pretzel recipe and then post about it,…
I just received a lovely box of delicacies from Foods from Chile. I won it over on Kitchen Play becauseÂ Johanna from Momma CuisineÂ picked my suggestion for using the contents of her gift box to make an Once (Chilean tea time)Â feast. Thanks to everyone involved. I am sure I will enjoy the extra virgin olive oils, blueberry juice, mussels, onion jam, lip balm, apron, shopping bag and recipes, plus some healthy substitution tips on a handy magnet. I will use the olive oil in my next Once feast to make Poor Man’s Butter. It is one of my favourite treats. Gracias! It’s a bounty!
Today there is a Pizza PartyÂ around the world that is beingÂ hosted by ZoÃ« FranÃ§ois and Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. , the authors of “Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day.” For the last year or so, Rick and I have been working on a wood fired pizza oven in our back garden. So this was a fun event to unveil the (almost) completed oven and share this great book with you too. To family and friends who have been (patiently) waiting for a pizza party- it’s on its way- I promise.Â :)Â Â We’ve just been working on the practical aspects of using the oven. The doughs in the book…