I added the baby arugula and peas at the very end of the risotto's long cooking process in order to retain their texture, fresh flavor and bright color. Inspired by my recent wine tasting in Taormina, I paired the risotto with this Sicilian wine.
Dudley happily stayed with my mother in Wilton while I was on vacation in Capri and Taormina. Being a city dog, the opportunity to run in the grass is a welcome treat. When I returned he helped me plant this basil for her, which she used to top her perfectly grilled garlic bread with roasted red peppers.
Here are some photos of Villa le Scale in Capri, where a group of us are staying in celebration of our friend Rob's birthday. I am excited for eight seaside days of carbohydrates, abundant fruits and vegetables, lots of wine, and no workouts.From there we are moving on to the Hotel Imperiale in Taormina, Sicily, where we will visit a renowned winery.We may even attempt to trek Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano on the Europian continent.With a bit of planning ahead I am all set for my flights to Rome, Naples and Catania with pre-ordered vegan meals, individual packets of vegan protein powder, a shaker bottle, and raw, organic cashews and walnuts for energizing snacks.
Today's ominous sky was an impressive backdrop to the landscape and architecture of the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan. Thankfully, it did not produce a downpour until we were safely on the road back to the city.
Above is the entrance to the art gallery which houses Philip Johnson's personal collection, including the painting below of Mr. Johnson by his good friend Andy Warhol. The two bottom photos are of works by Frank Stella.
White Japanese sweet potatoes are starchier and less sweet than the common oranges ones, and much tastier. They made a nice accompaniment to these yellow carrots. Unfortunately, the post-roast photo was too blurry to show here.
Gluten-free flours lend themselves well to crisps and crumbles. For this recipe I combined all purpose gluten-free flour with oats, Truvia, cinnamon and shortening. I zested a lemon into the berries and sweetened them with a bit of Truvia as well.