Tag Archives: homemade

Herb Bread

We are spoiled rotten here in the Bay area, where world-class artisanal breads (from Tartine, Acme, Della Fattoria, et al) are a dime a baker’s dozen. So spoiled, in fact, that it hardly ever occurs to me to bake bread at … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Fennel Sausage

I grew up in Vienna, Virginia (the other Vienna), and tucked into one of the suburban strip malls that stretched out along Maple Avenue was a family pizzeria called, aptly enough, Vienna Pizza. It was one of those red-checked tablecloth places, … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

Fresh Ricotta

Now, in full disclosure, this probably isn’t the most cost-effective way to get your hands on good ricotta. You’ll want to start with the highest-quality whole milk you can afford, the really good stuff from that farm where the cows … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Panforte di Siena

Panforte di Siena is a specialty of that Tuscan town, a chewy-gooey confection that tastes like Christmas even if you’ve never set foot in Italy: sweet spices and honey, candied citrus, dried fruits, almonds and hazelnuts. On the books as … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Almond Milk

Almond milk has a clean, nutty-sweet flavor, one you might find hanging out with iced frappés or chai or horchata. You can use it as you would regular cow’s milk (over cereal, in your coffee, frozen into a semifreddo) or … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Buttermilk Dressing

I had planned to make a Spanish side dish for today, a punchy little Catalan number of roasted vegetables inspired by my recent trip to Barcelona. I did make it, actually. Barely serviceable, and certainly not the fireworks-level excitement I … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Birthday Cake

Happy birthday, little blog: Scarpetta Dolcetto turns one year old today! I’ve been on something of a birthday roll this week (yours truly turned 29 again on Monday): dinner out with family, celebratory mint juleps one night and one of … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , | 37 Comments

Dark Chocolate Truffles

I don’t want to rain on anybody’s heart-shaped parade out there, but I have something to admit: I loathe really don’t care for Valentine’s Day. It’s a holiday that makes single people feel lousy (shame on you, singletons, for wallowing … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Anyone out there in need of a pick-me-up? Not enough cute in your day so far? Allow me to introduce Tiggy: ten pounds of wriggly wags and kisses, a sweet and joyful pit bull terrier/mystery mix we adopted from a … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Granola

I’ll be the very first to admit: I am not a morning person. I’m slow to regain consciousness, and that process is not without a fair amount of toe-stubbing and brow-furrowing and snarling unpleasantness. I’m not proud of it, and … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments