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Becoming a Pizza Maker ((and a little peek into my trip to Napa))

About a year ago, I had the great privilege and fun treat of learning to make pasta from Chef/Owner : Tyler Rodde  ((Chef Tyler — “CT”)) at Oenotri in Napa. ((You can read all about that trip & pasta recipe HERE)) After 12 months of practicing pasta production ((and eating — yum.)), I got the opportunity to return to the Oenotri kitchen for more cooking lessons.

BTW, I will share a brief “Becoming a Pasta Maker 2.0” in an upcoming post ((so get ready)). Continue reading

Becoming a Pasta Maker ((Napa part 4))

I must say, the idea of a head chef and restaurant owner personally training me in the art and science of pasta making seemed very exciting…until the morning came to be taught. I was nervous — like first day at a new school nervous. I needed my BF to be tagging along, or my hubby – or let’s be honest, even the idea of bringing my 8-year-old was starting to become very appealing. But it was just me. I walked into the restaurant and decided it was time to begin acting like I wasn’t nervous, I slipped on the white chef’s jacket and introduced myself. With my introduction, I quickly deflated any notions he may have had about me. “I know nothing, I have never made pasta – I don’t even have a pasta maker.” I said with a short laugh and a smile.

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“We came, we saw, we ate”: The Napa Valley Bakery Tour ((N. Cali trip part 3))

It all started with an idea, but ended up being one of the most fun things I have ever done. You are probably thinking “Napa Valley is for wine tours, not bakery tours!?” Well, I must admit, I am not a wine drinker. I love to cook with excellent wines – but I have not learned to appreciate the intricacies of wine. I do, however, love cake, pastries, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, doughnuts, pies and macaroons. So here in the heart of wine country, I toured bakeries. I picked 5 bakeries in the Napa Valley area and ate at four of them in under three hours. I was a difficult task – but I managed to pull it off! From this, I can confidently say – “I have tasted some the most delicious treats I may ever find for..the..rest..of..my..life!”  Continue reading

It’s a wonderful whirlwind of a tour ((part 2)): The Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County and a Napa Valley Welcome.

We woke early. Our minds were set to Oklahoma time, but our thoughts danced through the recollections of where we had been and imagined the beauty and excitement of where the day would lead. I just love the internet, unless I hate it – but that is another story. We read dozens of reviews and menus of 15+ local breakfast nooks deep within Berkeley. We examined all of our options and settled on Continue reading

Creamy Chicken Chili w/ Heirloom Posole & Yellow Eye Beans

Here’s another super simple recipe that allows you to get dinner on the table when everything around you, your schedule, your list of to-do’s and even your pantry are trying to convince you otherwise. Oh – and these flavors will knock your socks off (thanks to 3 unexpected and a short list of essential seasonings). Continue reading

BBQ Chicken & Blue Cheese Sfincione

One of my menu favorites – Sfincione!  Sfincione is  Sicilian pizza and sounds a lot more complicated than it really is. It all starts with pizza dough. I prefer homemade pizza dough and have an awesome recipe HERE. I learned how to make pizza dough during my last trip to Napa and have been turning them out ever since. Not only did Chef T teach me how to make awesome pizza, he kindly gave me the Sfincione as a bonus recipe. Continue reading

Frito Chili Pizza Pie

Homemade pizza has become one of my favorite family meals for many reasons. First ((and most importantly)) it tastes SO good. Second, I am just so very tickled that I have figured out at least ONE way to use yeast correctly; am I the only one who is scared of yeast?! Third, creating new flavors of dough & topping combinations is very liberating ((it’s also an EXCELLENT way to clean out the fridge…))! But most of all, I love how interested in cooking the kids become and the dinner table is certain to be packed with happy eaters. Continue reading

For Sale ((by Emily)) :: Hand-Painted Oval Dish – Thun, made in Czechoslovakia, Bohemia region $37

From looking at these photos, you may think this lovely dish is more of a “soap dish” size. Well, it is delightfully bigger. Measuring 9″ x 5½” x 1¼”, this shallow bowl would make the perfect candy dish, or small relish dish — or how about the perfect spot for your keys — or wedding ring, earrings — or pocket change? Continue reading

Epic Lasagna — Meat & Potatoes Meet Homemade Lasagna Noodles!!

Now, before I start telling you about this recipe, let me quickly tell you about the name of this recipe. It all started when I was struggling to heave this massive creation out of the oven. It was massively heavy because I was afeared feeding 4 college guys an average sized lasagna would not fill them up – so, I doubled it and assembled it in a — get ready for this:  Continue reading

 
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