“Kitchen Sink” Pasta Salad is easy, healthy and delicious.
As many of you know, we try every product before we bring it into the store – both hard goods and food. That means ordering samples, trying samples and kissing a fair number of frogs before we find the perfect products for you. It also means a lot of half-full jars of antipasti, open packages of pasta, rice and beans, and random pieces of cheese hiding in the back of the refrigerator. And that drives the Italian in me crazy – I can’t stand the thought of wasting food.
Luckily, Read More
So. . . it won’t surprise you to know that we’ve been pretty busy for the past several months. We’ve been moving our business and our residence from 200 miles away, doing the interior buildout of the new shop, getting permits from numerous regulatory agencies, placing orders for, taking and merchandising inventory. . . and more. Which is the long way of saying that we haven’t had the time to cook as much as we’d like.
But that’s not to say that we haven’t had the time to eat as well as we’d like to. As you’ve heard us say over and over, the beauty of Italian cooking is that Read More
The temperature has finally dropped and fall is in the air! Pumpkins, autumnal colors and seasonal cocktails fill our home. We know the holidays can be stressful so here are some easy entertaining tips to take you through Thanksgiving stress free!
Elevate cocktails with elegant paper napkins! They bring a perfect seasonal touch to any gathering-large or small. It’s a sophisticated addition to your party that won’t break the bank!
For seasonal decor, think outside the box! Those Ramekins hiding in your cabinet aren’t just for soufflés and creme brûlée. Adorable pumpkin ramekins pull double duty as Read More
Spring is the season for getting organized! We hear from a lot of customers that they are short on space so we decided to share some space saving ideas in a series of blogs dedicated to artful storage. Our first secret is that we love storage as display.
Think vertical! Every day objects become stylish vignettes when stored in these cute metals baskets. Plus, it frees up valuable shelf space. Roll burlap placemats and pair with lemons to create an inviting display that is both practical and pretty.
Artfully arranged garden supplies are ready for tending to Read More
Spring is in the air! The warm breeze and longer hours of sunshine welcome the first signs of spring. Of course, Easter brunch, bunnies and spring entertaining are on our minds! So here are a few entertaining tips to brighten and inspire your spring!
Think outside the box on how everyday objects can be repurposed. These pastel cupcake stands make a perfect pedestal for candles. Simply place a few in the middle of the table for a festive centerpiece.
Headed to Easter at family or friends house? Candles boxed in adorable seasonal packaging makes a lovely Read More
Our simple, two-ingredient balsamic and strawberries dessert is a sophisticated, easy healthy dessert that you can assemble in under 5 minutes. All you need are fresh strawberries and a good quality balsamic vinegar. Unlike supermarket versions, which are great for salad dressing, high quality balsamic is syrupy and sweet with a light acidity and tons of depth of flavor. It’s perfect drizzled on berries (and grilled vegetables and meats). Here we’ve pictured our Malphigi Balsamic, made only from grape must and aged for 8 years.
The “recipe” is super simple – cut your strawberries into bite-sized pieces, drizzle with the balsamic and Read More
We all want to have an elegant presentation for our dinner guests, but we don’t always have the time for baking or preparing complicated desserts. Dinner often takes a lot of energy, leaving precious little time for appetizers, let alone dessert.
So what do you do? This entertaining hack provides an answer.
All you need are some bulk truffles, a tray, a few small bowls and some votive candles. Pick up the truffles when you’re shopping for the rest of your dinner items and keep them in a cool place. They stay good for weeks. Read More
If you’re like us, you love your stainless steel pots and pans. They transfer heat well, provide a great sear on anything you put in it, and take a beating from metal utensils without hardly blinking. But over time, no matter how thoroughly you wash them when you’re done, they can get brown and splotchy – particularly if you cook on high heat with minimal oil. The splotches don’t usually affect cooking in the pan, but certainly prevent it from looking like new.
Luckily, there’s a really simple way to restore the shine to your stainless pans, using something you almost certainly have laying around your kitchen – baking soda.