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Some of you have been reading my blogs from the beginning, while many others have come aboard more recently and perhaps have read only the last few posts. Either is okay, of course, and I certainly would not expect anyone to go back and read them all. Even I would have difficulty doing that! On the other hand, there are several topics covered in some of the earliest blogs that I consider important to understanding what I am attempting to achieve with this site, and why I think my choices of recipes and ingredients are worth sharing in this way.
So, mostly to satisfy my desire to communicate all this to as many of you as possible, I have created a new web page I am calling Blog History. The link to the Blog History page now appears in the green banner near the top of every page. The Blog History page contains a chronological list of active links to all the blogs posted on this site since its inception in January 2014, together with a brief description of each blog's primary subject. Oh, and there are some of my favorite pictures to further tempt you to read on!!
Most important, I have identified six blogs that best explain my motives, intentions, biases, and overall attitudes toward cooking – especially Italian cooking. If you have not read the early blogs, I recommend that you read at least these six. (They are identified on the Blog History page with three preceding asterisks.) I should also mention that while I think the others also are worth reading, I realize many of them contain information that may not be of equal interest to everyone. Whether or not you read those is, of course, your choice.
Mushroom Pizza with Béchamel Sauce
Bellini made with fresh Michigan peaches.
Wood-fired Mushroom Pizza with Béchamel Sauce.
And finally, no blog would be complete without mentioning at least one newly posted recipe. This month I have three – all requested by subscribers!
The Bellini is a famous Italian cocktail invented at Harry’s Bar in Venice and popularized by Ernest Hemingway, who gained fame by reportedly imbibing several of them. Harry’s Bar makes them with Prosecco and white peaches. I use Prosecco, fresh Michigan peaches, and grenadine, but any peach will do.
Pizza parties are a frequent occurrence at our house and we are always looking for new ideas. We try various combinations of sauces and toppings and then repeat whatever seems to elicit the best responses. The Mushroom Pizza with Béchamel Sauce was an instant hit and is now one of our standard offerings.
The Tiramisu recipe has been in my collection for years, but didn’t make it to this site until I was requested to post it. There are several ways to prepare Tiramisu, but I prefer to make it using savoiardi (Italian lady fingers), mascarpone cheese, eggs, espresso, Marsala wine, and shaved chocolate. Anything with those ingredients is delicious by definition!
I hope you have an opportunity to try them soon.
P.S. I am always open to suggestions for improvement, from all readers, subscribers or not. If you see that something is incorrect, or confusing, or missing, please do not hesitate to add a Comment or two. The Comment box appears at the bottom of all blogs. Thanks.