Foods from the Past: Tomato Ragu with Ground Beef in Ramekins

On the rare occasion that I plan my meals ahead and prepare extra for the coming week, I might come up with a meal like the following: Tomato Ragu with Ground Beef in Ramekins It is essentially ground beef and sauteed tomatoes, with added herbs, vegetables and tomato sauce.  I’m calling it a ragu in … Continue reading

Daily Food: Steamed Mussels in Red Wine

I’ve always walked by mussels and clams while food shopping and thought, “those are so yummy in restaurants, but they seem so intimidating to make at home.”  The descriptions in restaurants are so simple and unassuming as well: mussels steamed in white wine with garlic.  Well, I’d like to suggest that it really is just … Continue reading

Firenze Files: Experimenting with Fiorentine Food

As I’ve been learning more and more in photography class (such as how to use the camera in a mode other than “Auto,”), I’ve been taking much better pictures of everything from the streets here in Firenze to all the wonderful food here.  Here is a little chronicle of my evening of cooking, including a … Continue reading

Firenze Files: Cibo a Casa

In between longer journals, essays, and reflections, I thought I’d share pictures of food I’ve eaten, purchased, and made.  This particular post is about food I’ve enjoyed at the apartment thusfar, and “cibo a casa” means “food at home.”  I think taking pictures is the easiest way to represent food, so although I don’t have … Continue reading

Heirloom Tomatoes with Mayonnaise

I’ve been working on my food photography since going to a Food Photography seminar with Andrea and Sarah, the masterminds behind Beyond the Flavor.  I’m still using the camera on my phone, but I’m making an effort to take my dishes outside to photograph them in natural light.  I learned that it makes the color more … Continue reading

Paleo Plate at Black Market Moto Saloon

One of my favorite lunch joints in Charlottesville recently updated their menu to include specific, Paleo-friendly options!  I blogged recently about how the Black Market Moto Saloon will make their hamburgers without a bun and with a side salad, but they’ve recently added what they call their “Paleo Plate” to the menu.  It consists of … Continue reading

Tomato Season!

Tomatoes are finally starting to ripen in Charlottesville, and the farmer’s market is full of colorful, heirloom varieties.  Check out these funky colors and shapes I picked out from some local farms on Saturday morning. For this summer snack, I was inspired by the idea of tomato and peach gazpacho.  Peaches are in season as … Continue reading

Broiled Salmon with Pesto

Hello all!  It’s been far too long since my last post, but I’m determined to catch up with telling you about all the delicious meals I’ve made this year.  Today, I’m writing about one of my favorite ways to cook salmon.  I love pan-searing it so that the skin gets crispy and delicious, but during … Continue reading

Perfect Summer Salad

When there are ripe avocados at the store and when farmers’ markets feature heirloom tomatoes, it’s ripe time to try this salad.  It’s so simple and easy, but it’s simply divine when the ingredients are fresh and in season.  I’ll admit, I still make it during the winter with imported tomatoes because I can’t resist, … Continue reading