The Flavour of the Month for February 2006
A new month means a new flavour to enjoy. I said farewell to Patricia Wells’ Trattoria and hello to Matt Kramer’s A Passion for Piedmont. I can hardly believe that it’s already been a year since the Olympics in Torino. I had such fun learning about the cuisine of Piedmont (Piemonte), in preparation for the Olympics. During my studies, I came across Matt Kramer’s incredible cookbook. How I wished that I could have discovered it sooner! I’ve decided to mark the one-year anniversary of the Olympics by returning to Piedmont, so to speak, and taking a closer look at Kramer’s cookbook. I hope you’ll join me on this little voyage!
I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy some more recipes from my fellow bloggers so I just thought I’d share them with you. Give them a try, you’ll love them!
- Ilva’s Sweet Focaccia: Try it warm from the oven smeared with Nutella!
- BÃ©a’s GougÃ¨res: So good!
- Anita’s Cupcakes of Love: Perfect for Valentine’s Day!
- Nicole’s Farfalle with Pistachio Cream Sauce: I could eat this pasta forever!
- Maura’s Winemaker’s Grape Cake: I love you, Maura! One day I’m going to secretly publish a cookbook with all your recipes … oh … wait … did I just say that out loud???
Here’s all the news that’s fit to print:
- The third annual Menu for Hope was a resounding success! We raised $60,952.12, an incredible accomplishment! I’d like to thank everyone that extended their generosity during the holiday season. I’m happy to say that my fellow Canadian blogger, Sara of I Like to Cook, was the winner of the prize that I donated. Congratulations, Sara!
- In honour of the season, Gabrielle Lichterman, Editor-in-Chief of Four Weeks Magazine, asked me to join a few other bloggers in providing a special recipe for Valentine’s Day. I came up with a luscious Double Chocolate Tiramisu’ for Two. Check it out!
- Last March, I featured a cookbook by Paulette Mitchell as my Cream Puffs in Venice Flavour of the Month. The book is called A Beautiful Bowl of Soup and it was a delightful read. As a bonus, I discovered a number of incredible soups that have become a part of my family’s regular repertoire. I was absolutely thrilled when I received an e-mail from Paulette, on Christmas Day no less, introducing herself. Paulette is an incredibly warm person who is doing exactly what she should be doing: writing cookbooks. She’s amazing! If you have the chance to look at any of her cookbooks, I highly recommend that you do so. But even better, how about if you had the chance to meet Paulette?! As it turns out, she also travels to Italy and gives guided tours as part of the programs at the wonderful La Divina Cucina cooking school. Paulette will be in Florence, Italy for two weeks in May 2007, where she will be joining Judy Witts Francini. There are still some spaces available for this wonderful opportunity so if any one out there is looking for the chance of a lifetime, this is it! You can read all the details here. I’d like to thank Paulette so much for providing me with this information and for saying hello in the first place!
- A wonderfully charming reader, DM, sent me an e-mail about a program to catalogue all of your cookbooks! It’s called Delicious Library. Check it out. Thanks, DM!
- For all the Nutella lovers out there, don’t forget World Nutella Day. It’s Wednesday February 6th and is being hosted by Sara of Ms. Adventures in Italy and Shelly of At Home in Rome.
- My sweetie Meeta of What’s For Lunch Honey? is hosting Monthly Mingle #7. The theme is Sweet Love and the deadline is February 8th.
I hope your February is full of lots of chocolate and lots of love!