The Measure of the Meal

This little gem appeared on a site today and reminded me of a few of my attempts at cooking when we first arrived in Italy.  It took a while but I soon figured out what a “nut” of butter,  a “string” of oil, and a “splash” of wine really amounted to.  And as for Dario’s mother’s recipe for Easter Pasteria there was the almost disaster when she called for a “four bottles” of orange essence.  Fortunately I had posted a picture of the ingredients on FaceBook and got a panicked SMS say:  No!!!!!  Small bottles!

Now with Christmas coming up this would be a thoughtful stocking stuffer….  just saying:


And I’m reminded of a quote I gave when submitting Marco’s mother’s recipe to an International cookbook:

Four years in Italy taught me that simple is better and fresh is best; and the eye, the nose, the finger and the mouth are the best tools any cook can have in the kitchen.


On this day in 1927: The Holland Tunnel opens to traffic as the first Hudson River vehicle tunnel linking New Jersey to New York City.

Author: Willym

A senior with the heart of a young'un

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