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Tommy and I were dating when I was 14. My fondest memory associated with this time is visiting his Italian mom. Their home always smelled from something delicious like; garlic, tomato sauce, soups, and espresso. One day, I decided to make minestrone! At that time, I knew practically nothing about cooking. The next time we visited her I proudly announced that I made minestrone! Smiling, she asked me how I made it. I naively said, “From a can!” Her smile dropped and she didn’t say a word. Ouch! If only she could see this recipe and try a bowl, I'm sure that she would be molto felice (very happy)!
Saffron and rosewater rice pudding is an aromatic and flavorful traditional Iranian dessert that can be made all year round and it's one of my favorite desserts. This recipe takes a little bit of time and patience to prepare but it is well worth the effort.
With flavors ranging from peppery to sweet, many common flowers can add flavor, color, and excitement to salads; edible decoration to cupcakes and desserts; or an unusual twist to drinks when frozen in ice cubes or turned into simple syrups! There are many lists available of edible flowers on the interwebs (just a few are pictured here), as well as recipes and tips for identification and use.