Christmas Ravioli

Each year before Christmas my family gathers to create our family recipe of ravioli.  The recipe has been past down through the generations on my mother's maternal side of the family.  My grandmother Lucille taught us how to make ravioli many years ago.  She pasted away along time ago but she is … [Read more...]

High Tea in San Francisco

Recently my friend and I enjoyed a fun filled day of Christmas cheer in San Francisco.  Shopping, dining, cocktails, and Christmas splendor are the course of the day!  This year we decided to try something new - High Tea at the Rotunda Restaurant at Neiman Marcus on Union Square.  As soon as you … [Read more...]

Happy New Year!

I had the good fortune to photograph the feature article for the December 2014/January 2015 issue of South Bay Accent Magazine!  The feature article is on high-end craft cocktails at very cool local bars.  I had a great time during the four-day photo shoot at ten bars!  As you all know, people who … [Read more...]

Chocolate Lovers Delight!

In 2013, I had the good fortune to taste an extraordinary piece of dark chocolate.  The flavor was unique-unlike I had experienced before.  It was rich and complex, with a depth of flavor that I had not tasted before.  I was given this chocolate as a pairing to an extraordinary cup of coffee at … [Read more...]

Christmas Time in San Francisco

Every year my gal pals and I head to San Francisco at Christmas time for a BIG shopping day.  When I say BIG...I mean several trips to the car to drop off packages kind of BIG.  It is a day filled with a whole lot of silliness too.  Some years we have stayed at the Westin St. Francis Hotel for the … [Read more...]

Christmas at Filoli

For the past 25+ years during the Thanksgiving break, my mother and I, along with our maternal aunts, grandmothers, girl cousins, and some friends, partake in a real special Christmas treat.  We gather at Filoli Mansion in Woodside, California for the annual Holiday Traditions.  The mansion’s lower … [Read more...]

Art Photography Mosaics – 4th of July

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Italian Easter Bread

Italian Easter Bread by Elaine McCardel of The Italian Dish 1 1/4 cups of milk 1/3 cup butter 1 pkg. Rapid rise instant yeast (about 2 1/4 teas.) pinch of salt 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup sugar 3 1/2 cups of flour 1 egg, beaten with 1 tea. of water Sprinkles or pearl sugar for decoration 6 … [Read more...]

Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter!

Buona Pasqua!  Happy Easter! Easter has always been a special time for my family and me.  As an Italian American kid, Easter had been greeted with great expectation because I was completing my Lenten fast of meatless Fridays and no candy for 40 days.  On Easter morning my family and I would get … [Read more...]

Orange Baked Ham

Orange Baked Ham Recipe from the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten 1 (5 to 8 pound) fully cooked, spiral-cut smoked ham on the bone 3 cloves of garlic 4 1/2 oz. orange marmalade 1/4 cup dijon mustard 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed Zest from 1/2 orange 1/8 cup freshly squeezed orange … [Read more...]