Thursday, May 6, 2010

Chocolate Pastry Cream with Berries

Catherine de' Medici, an Italian noblewoman, introduced pastry cream or "crema pasticciera" to the French court in the sixteenth century. In turn, the French called it "creme patissiere". While traditional ... 


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce

In Italian cuisine, the ingredients must be fresh and simple. This traditional tomato sauce comes from the region of Campania in southern Italy - where I was an apprentice to ... 


Friday, April 30, 2010

Nopales Frittata Burrito

Nopales (cactus) and scrambled eggs are an important food staple in Mexico. I admit that the first time I was offered a scramble of nopales I thought it was unusual ... 


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Kitchen Trick – Reading a Recipe

Always read a recipe completely before diving into it. As you read the recipe, it will become virtual reality. For example, if reading, "Take one stick of butter at room ... 


Friday, April 16, 2010

Pasta alla Messicana

In the summer of 2007 I worked at my aunt's restaurant, La Locandina, located in Southern Italy. Having been exposed to Mexican cuisine for many years in California, I decided ...