Affogato means ‘drowned’ in Italian, and it refers to a classic dessert
In which a shot of espresso is poured over a scoop of vanilla gelato, thereby drowning the ice cream.

It is a very refreshing way to end a warm summer evening, especially if dinner involved one too many glasses of sangria.

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Penne with Cream, Ham, and Pea Leaves

penne and cream

One of my favorite meals is a classic pasta dish

With a little cream,

A lot of prosciutto,

And an insane amount of peas;

Yet I never make it for dinner because my family does not share the same enthusiasm for those sweet little orbs of deliciousness. It is all about the texture of the peas that make them unappealing to my crew;

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Mushroom and Swiss Quesadillas with Bacon

mushroom quesadillas

What a strange week. I overslept on Monday. I swear my alarm clock is possessed. It was silent well past the time I should have awoken. It finally made its presence known in the middle of Tuesday night. Scared me to death.

I was perpetually late for everything, made even later by driving the demolition derby of potholes. One was so massive, I caught a glimpse of China.

And today, the first day of spring, we are met not with flowers or green grass, but snow. Lots of snow. Really?

Tuesday was the most bizarre. I forgot it was the 17th, so this Italian girl with the Irish name, made Mexican inspired food on St. Paddy’s Day.

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Ricotta Frittata


Last night I opened the fridge and for the most part it was empty with not much more than the bulb and condiments; and I thought to myself, Were we robbed? I just put away a trunkful of groceries yesterday;

And with the ding of a text, there was suspect number one:

What’s for dinner?

Not to be outdone by suspect number two:

Is dinner ready?

Since we are all in the same house, separated by only one floor and twenty something years, I responded in voice, not text, because the art of conversation has not been lost on my generation:

Dinner will be ready in 20 minutes. It will be a surprise to us all.

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