garden on the amalfi coast

Amalfi Garden

Even though my body is back in Rome this week, my soul is still hanging out at a garden on the Amalfi coast. Can you blame me? We spent most of our time last week  in Positano, at a fantastic apartment cleverly rented by Gillian. I’ll be getting to Positano next week, but in the… 

Read More »

zucchini + ricotta {salad}

Zucchini Salad with Ricotta

I warned you that more zucchini recipes were coming. Because zucchinis. Just. Don’t. Stop. Just when you think you’ve harvested the last one, there’s another -  small, cute and shiny – hiding under a big floppy leaf. My favorite, laziest, easiest recipe is to eat them practically raw. They get marinated in lemon juice for… 

Read More »

drinks at the shard {london}

Aqua Shard

When I lived in New York I never visited the Empire State Building. And here in Rome I can’t remember the last time I actually entered the Colosseum. But put me in a city not my own and I’m as site hungry as the next person. While up in London two weeks ago visiting Emma,… 

Read More »

oxford {photos}


It’s summer, and while I’ve been traveling a lot recently it’s been mostly for work. This week though,  I’m actually on vacation. But  still….I find it hard to skip a post.  So consider this a blog-post-lite. I’m sharing photos I took earlier this week while in Oxford. I was there for the Oxford Food Symposium,… 

Read More »

eggplant + sage {pasta}


I admit it. I’m attracted to bright and shiny. And by bright and shiny I’m of course referring to technicolor vegetables. While I’m as respectful as the next girl of honestly lumpy, wart and all, heirloom tomatoes, there is something about a perfectly shiny, striated eggplant that cries out to me. Last week I visited… 

Read More »

green pepper pesto {da adolfo}

Pesto di Friarielli, Da Adolfo, Positano

The following photographs might look a bit familiar. I’ve written about da Aldolfo, a beach side restaurant in Positano, in the past. It’s one of my all time favorite places in the world. I’m actually headed back to Positano tomorrow with , of course, my friend Gillian for whom Positano has become a way of… 

Read More »

zucchini-soise {cold soup}

Cold Zucchini, Potato and Leek Soup

I’ve decided one of my hidden talents is figuring out new things to do with zucchini. Once again, Domenico has over-planted our orto. We seem to have the same conversation each and every year. Domenico: I’m going to the nursery. How many zucchini plants should I get? Elizabeth: 6 will be plenty. At the very… 

Read More »

carapina {gelato update rome}

Carapina Gelato in Rome

It’s Gelato Season! While in theory it’s been gelato season for quite a while (and there are some who would argue that it’s always gelato season) it’s actually only gotten sort of hot recently in Rome. By this time of July we’re all usually dealing with heat and humidity, but for some reason this year… 

Read More »

grilled mozzarella + lemon leaves {positano}

Grilled Mozzarella and Lemon Leaves

Another lemony recipe from Positano. They do actually make dishes that don’t involve lemons down there, but for some reason – once I’m back home in the land of no lemon trees – the image and taste of lemons is all I  seem to think about. This 2 ingredient dish is beyond simple. Simple, that… 

Read More »

a visit to capezzana {tuscany}

Vin Ruspo , Capezzana

If you’ve been following me along the last couple of months, you know I’ve been traveling a bit. Not far, mostly in Italy, but each weekend seems to be in a different place. All great fun, but hard to keep up with reporting back on the blog. A few weekends ago we went up to… 

Read More »