holiday biscotti

What better way to wake up on a cold, wintery morning than to a warm cup of English Breakfast tea and a sweet & savory biscotti on the side to deliver all the tastes of the holiday season. A sprinkle of lemon zest brightens up the warm flavors of fresh rosemary and dried autumn fruits, which all come together beautifully in this recipe inspired by Katie Lee Joel’s Wedding Biscotti. If you want to omit the savory component, a sweet variation to try involves dried cherries or figs [...]

linguine & mussels alla diavola

I had my first taste of sweet, succulent mussels at a recent visit to Mario Batali’s & Nancy Silverton’s Osteria Mozza restaurant in Los Angeles. For antipasti, we ordered steamed mussels with passato di pomodoro, chilies & herbs, served with crusty bread for dipping. This recipe was inspired by our meal that night and is my take on mussels in a spicy tomato sauce. My secret ingredient is crispy pancetta, which adds a salty complexity and a wonderful texture. If you can’t find pancetta, unsmoked bacon is a [...]

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