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Simona Carini
Northern California
An Italian transplanted in California
Interests: creative cooking, cheese making, bread baking, food writing, blogging, book and box making, kayaking, photography, classical music You can contact me at simosite [AT] mac [DOT] com
Recent Activity
[cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] This week I have once again the honor of hosting Weekend Herb Blogging, an event started by Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen, now organized by Haalo of Cook (almost) Anything at Least... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at briciole
[cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] each one is unique Curls of pasta dough resembling almond shells ask me to focus on their essential elegance refined by generations of women shaping them in the quiet busyness of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at briciole
eating outside, weather permitting A lovely corner was chosen to place a table and four chairs. I can imagine having Easter breakfast or brunch there. The space is just off the sidewalk: definitely an interesting arrangement. (The street is in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at briciole
[cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] the final rendition Easter breads across Europe feature eggs (uova), probably the food most revered this time of the year. When I was a little girl, my aunt Lucia explained to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at briciole
small but strong (maybe it's thanks to the parsley) I don't mind sharing my garden with small creatures like this snail, whom I found in one of the parsley bushes. I admire the way it goes about its life with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at briciole
Risotto al nero di seppia: I have not had it in forever. The important thing would be to be in Venice. Very nice giveaway, Kathy, thank you. I'll let my readers know.
[cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] orecchiette: small beauties of pasta dough Rainstorm: the sky clouds over, knits its brows and then cries unconsolably for hours. rain — finally! A rainstorm has a violent bewitching beauty best... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at briciole
Twain truly loved New Orleans: his descriptions are full of passion. I have never been there so I hope you'll forgive me if these beignets remind me of a place quite far from that city ;) Thank you so much for contributing to Cook the Books.
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2014 on Mardi Gras Savory Beignets at Delaware Girl Eats
wine glasses in good company I got your attention, didn't I? I have seen the mask many times and it still fascinates me. Without the wine glasses to mellow it slightly, it would intimidate me. Keep your attention focused as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at briciole
[cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] a tavola! Mark Twain did not like the food he ate in the hotels where he lodged during his stay in Europe in 1879. He makes that quite clear in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at briciole
I love the print. I saw an article on the New Yorker about the exhibit but have yet to read it. It sounds quite interesting.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2014 on Printmaking Workshop April 5th at Molly Hashimoto
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swan's song Kale plants that gave us a plentiful winter harvest bloom bright yellow and usher in spring planting at Redwood Roots Farm. Subtracting the color brings out the shapes. This week, I have the honor of hosting Black and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at briciole
fresh from the farm Colorful carrots I used to make a sklandrausis-inspired vegetable tart and beans in a cashew and tomato curry. I like the smell of fresh carrots, a refreshing blend of sweetness and soil. This is my contribution... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at briciole
a three-[layer/texture/flavor] tart In Latvia (Lettonia), I went down the wrong path — figuratively, of course. Having baked eight types of bread out of 20 dishes from the EU countries visited so far in our virtual tour, I decided to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at briciole
orecchiette on my kneading board... I am working on a new version of orecchiette and also on a new pasta shape. Above is a monochromatic preview of the former. and an "orecchietta" in the sky This is my original post... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at briciole
I make leafy greens ripassati often and like to mix them up. I have never made pasta with chard though: it looks very nice.
[cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] a large raindrop like a diamond After the dry summer months, fall rains paint the California countryside bright green. But last fall, rain failed to fall. Browns became dull, grays became... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at briciole
Grazie, Molly. I hope you will pick up Italian again. You have a few months before your trip. Thank you, Heide. Mother Nature creates some amazing shows.
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Beautiful! I agree that the boulder as background works very nicely.
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2014 on Spring in the Cascades at Molly Hashimoto
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Thank you, Sanhita.
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Indeed, Alicia. Thanks, Deb! I totally agree, Susan. Always a pleasure to participate.
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a basket full of beauties Certain vegetables almost scream to be photographed. What is a person with a camera to do in front of a basket full of simply gorgeous celeriac? Kevin of Shakefork Community Farm arranged the bounty of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at briciole
Thank you, Christine. Grazie, Baol.
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I agree completely, Frank. When I was growing up, we always had a tray with nuts, mostly walnuts and hazelnuts, in the shell and nutcracker at the ready. To this day, I enjoy cracking nuts.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2014 on nocciole / hazelnuts at briciole
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a break in the clouds When all is gray around and inside me, a patch of blue sky tells me that gray is not forever. Quando tutto intorno e dentro di me è grigio, un pezzo di cielo azzurro mi... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at briciole