How to Make The Best Pesto Ever

If you want to learn how to make the best pesto ever, see this pesto primer with tips on how to make the best,  most luscious pesto from your own garden in your own kitchen.

Pesto is one of the easiest of Italian recipes now that the food processor has been invented.  Of course, it’s a different story if you have to stand for hours smashing the ingredients into a paste (pesto in Italian) with a mortar and pestle like in days of yore–or in the kitchens of contemporary Ligurian/Italian chefs who are purists. There are, however, a few tips here that can make your pesto so much better.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup


Lemon chicken orzo soup is a tasty meal in itself and can be prepared quickly and enjoyed right away.

What’s nice about this soup is that it’s quick and easy to make and really tasty. Especially with the zesty lemon flavor. Lemon chicken orzo soup is actually a meal in itself: vegetables, meat and carbs, glorious carbs! Plus, somebody else has cooked the chicken for you!

Italy on Film: La Grande Bellezza

Italy on Film: Toni Servillo shines in La Grande Bellezza as main character Jep: a lost soul trying to find his way.

Here’s the first of occasional posts on films about Italy and Italians: I was poised to like La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) aware that in 2014 it won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and the British BAFTA award, among many others.  And indeed La Grande Bellezza is one of those films that sweeps you off your feet with great themes, gorgeous cinematography, exquisite acting, a rich and eclectic soundtrack and breathtaking Roman scenery, old and new.

Prosecco Lemon Granita

Nothing refreshes like a glass of Italian prosecco or a dish of prosecco lemon granita.

If you love sparkling white wine, then you love prosecco. It makes a great aperitivo. It complements a meal. It provides kick to the famous Bellini, the signature cocktail of Harry’s Bar in Venice. It’s also a great ingredient in dishes such as risotto and today’s recipe: prosecco lemon granita.

Los Angeles Eats


When sampling Los Angeles eats, you HAVE to try a Pink's hot dog...and fries.

I recently made two trips to Los Angeles, my old stomping grounds. My daughter had enrolled in USC’s freshman class (Fight on!) and so we went first for orientation and back again for move-in day. Los Angeles has great places to eat. Funky, elegant  and everything in between. We had a few culinary adventures. My teenage daughter insisted we start at world-famous Pink’s.