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Honey Lemon Olive Oil Muffins with Lemon Glaze

Honey Lemon Olive Oil Muffins in Basket

I woke up this morning thinking about Sicily. I miss the first house we lived in with the fig, olive, and lemon trees.  The figs should be ripe now. There were two olive trees and my dog would constantly chew up then spit out the olives that fell to the ground.  They tasted terrible and I don’t know why he kept trying, but he kept it up.

My landlord taught me how to cure the green olives by cracking them with a hammer and submerging them in salted water for weeks.  My cutting board is still stained in one spot from cracking olives that afternoon six years ago.  He also taught me to pick the ripe and nearly-ripe olives and cure them by layering olives with salt in a basket and letting them sit for a few weeks until they were shriveled and pungent and delicious.  I didn’t speak much Italian, he spoke no English, but we figured it out. Continue reading →

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Sweet and Sour Grilled Pumpkin Recipe

It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared any recipes from Sicily, hasn’t it?  I learned this Zucca Gialla in Agrodolce, or Pumpkin in Sweet and Sour Sauce, in a cooking class I took from my friends Alberto and Liliana in Catania.  In the version I learned, the pumpkin slices were sauteed in olive oil rather than grilled, but I decided to put my own twist on it today! Continue reading →

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Sicilian Sourdough in San Diego

Cut Sourdough

It’s not the best sourdough I’ve ever made. I didn’t worry about having an open crumb or a perfect crust. I just wanted some good bread. I wanted to know for certain that my well-traveled sourdough starter was indeed in good health. No, it may not be the best sourdough I’ve made and these photos may not be the best I’ve taken. But this bread, this blog post, and these photos will always have a special place in my heart. Continue reading →

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The Last Meal

Last Bruschetta

Some simple bruschetta to start. Continue reading →

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Arrivederci Sicilia!



I created this slideshow last March for my old Life in Sicily blog. It was the last thing I posted on that blog because I became obsessed with foodblogging and Pinch My Salt began to eat up all of my time and energy. I don’t think many people ever watched the slideshow so I thought I would share it here even though looking at it now I kind of cringe at the cheesiness of it! Continue reading →

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Time for Blood Oranges?

Peeled Blood Orange

Not yet, unfortunately.

I am really going to miss Sicilian blood oranges! Driving around, I can see them turning orange on the trees but it’s just not quite time for them yet. It’s almost a crime to leave the island before getting to taste one last glass of blood orange juice… Continue reading →

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A Beautiful Day in Sicily

Little House

Remember how I joined NaBloPoMo and made a promise to post something every day for the entire month of November? Well, it’s day eleven now and I’m starting to feel the pressure. But here I am, back again!

This is our last weekend in Sicily so we have been trying hard to squeeze in as much last minute sightseeing as we can. Today was a beautiful sunny day so we took a road trip through the island’s interior, visiting the towns of Agira, Nicosia and Sperlinga. Since we were gone all day and it’s now getting close to my bedtime, I am just going to share some photos taken throughout the day rather than writing about the trip. Enjoy! Continue reading →

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The Winners Have Been Announced…

And I am officially not even close to being the Best Food Blog winner in the 2007 Weblog Awards. But, I am happy to say that I did not end up in last place! So thanks to everyone who voted for me, I really appreciate the support! And of course I would like to send out a big congratulations to Serious Eats, the seriously big winners!

Serious Eats, I seriously ate one of these cannoli this afternoon in honor of your win.

Pastry Shop

I then proceeded to eat one of those mini strawberry cream tarts (top right) to celebrate my own fifth place victory!

Cheers to us all!

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