When In Ragusa, Eat Ragusano

If Sicily has a cheese capital, it must be Ragusa, a baroque town on the southeastern part of the island. Here, my cheese lover, you may experience a thousand diversions, from visiting the beautiful Dipasquale’s Casa del Formaggio (cheese shop) in the heart of town to booking a cheese tasting at CoRFiLaC, a research center devoted to […]

The Cooking School at Gangivecchio

The drive to Gangivecchio is golden. The mountain roads are edged in wheat. Bursts of turmeric-colored bushes surprise us as we make our ascent by car. Even the light falling across distant hilltops appears honey-colored. It’s no wonder that some of the best caciocavallo we’ve tasted is served here, at a small inn and cooking […]

Nine Cheese Finds in Fishtown

Philadelphia’s most esteemed food reviewer, Craig Laban, wrote about my neighborhood several weeks ago for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Hot on his heels, am I. After all, Fishtown was a dairy desert when I moved here 10 years ago. Now, it’s a cheese (and baguette) lover’s oasis, as long as you know where to look. Here is my […]

May 1 Book Party on Headhouse Market

In planning for the release of my new book this spring, I’ve been searching for a way to bring together all of my favorite things: cocktails, farmers’ markets, and — of course — cheese. When I learned that the opening of Philadelphia’s Headhouse Market coincided with the week of my book release, a vision emerged for a market-centric book party at […]

Book Trailer: The New Cocktail Hour

Dear Ones, at last I have something to show you from my sequestered life as a cocktail nun these last two years. My next book, The New Cocktail Hour, will be out on April 26 from Running Press, the same publisher (and the same incredible photographer!) I worked with for The Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese. I hope […]