pizza sauce and my farm gardens

pizza sauce and my farm gardens

In Italy, pizza sauce is not an over embellished ‘used to taste like tomatoes’ kind of sauce. It’s a clean pure tomatoey not sure that’s a word sauce sometimes too salty usually not. I’ve eaten pizza from one end of Italy to … Continue reading

puppy love

puppy love

It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since we lost our beloved little Molly. Having never owned a pet before her, I had no idea of the profound grief we would endure once she was gone. Had … Continue reading

family and friends make it real

family and friends make it real

Event planner extraordinaire, Sara Hooton with her adoring soon to be a bride sister Meg. Those smiles were pretty much permanent all weekend! Dan, Kate, Meg and Theo clowning around before leaving for a friend’s wedding. After the kids left for … Continue reading

homemade Montreal steak spice

homemade Montreal steak spice

Life is bursting everywhere I look. The farmer next to us was surprised to learn that the gelding he was boarding for the winter turned out to be a bit of a stud! Two of his mares foaled this Spring. Our neighbour … Continue reading

ciabatta at the farm

ciabatta at the farm

Ciabatta is one of my favorite Italian breads. Mom brought a loaf, for dinner, last Sunday and raved about how quick and easy it was to make. I’ve been experimenting with ciabatta recipes for Italian by Night for months but … Continue reading

old fashioned blueberry muffins

old fashioned blueberry muffins

Having our girls and their guys with us for the weekend was the closest thing I can imagine heaven to be. Sixty hours of non-stop kissing, hugging, eating, Prosecco sipping, secret sharing, work venting, wedding planning chaos. It was perfect! … Continue reading

creamy Moroccan tomato soup

creamy Moroccan tomato soup

Tomato soup was a staple in my mother’s kitchen when I was a little girl. Campbell’s Tomato Soup with the addition of either water or milk was the inspiration of all sorts of culinary works of art when I was … Continue reading

birthday cake for my forever young mom

birthday cake for my forever young mom

We celebrated Mom’s birthday today. I’ve been making her birthday cake for forty two years. Since the year that she taught me to bake. As I carried her cake into the dining room while singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, I smiled at … Continue reading