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Meet Patti!

I was born Patrizia Moscovio in Naples Italy. My family came to America when I was 5 years old and settled in Boston. Patrizia soon became Patti – “because you are an American Girl now” I was told. I loved being an American Girl! My parents quickly grew to love this country and everything it stood for. After moving to California and meeting my wonderful husband I became Patti Carter. I have always cherished our Italian roots and culture for what it represents. To me it is defined very simply as a love of family, faith in God, and a zest for living each day to the fullest. Above all else, my parents taught me to be hospitable, share what you have, make everyone feel welcome, feed people, laugh as much and as often as possible and, don’t take yourself too seriously. This blog is dedicated to them as my “thank you” and my way of chronicling and preserving some memories for the next generation. After all, If you don’t know where you came from, how can you know where you are going??

February 14, 2019

Well it wasn't a postcard, but early this morning, my cell phone pinged with an incoming message. I was greeted with this photo and the following ...

"Well my dear fr...

May 9, 2018

Gnocchi are a cross between a pasta and a dumpling. Done right, potato gnocchi are tender little nuggets of heaven. While basic potato gnocchi can be dressed with a...

May 4, 2018

This is one of my go to quick and easy recipes. I use wild caught shrimp whenever possible. If frozen, they thaw in just a few minutes in a bowl of cold water. It us...

May 3, 2018

While having dinner with some old (and new) friends recently we got on the subject of upcoming travel plans and how much we were looking forward to getting away. Upo...

December 27, 2017

I was in Sicily a few years ago, and was enthralled with all the amazing and beautiful cookies, pastries, and desserts, all artfully displayed in bakeries and coffee...

November 22, 2017

These cake like cookies are ridiculously good and very addictive. This recipe makes a huge batch so you can half it if you like. But honestly why…...

May 7, 2017

I was first exposed to Mexican food when we moved to California. I didn’t know a taco from a tostada back then. Cilantro, cumin, hot chilies, and corn tortillas were...

May 1, 2017

I noticed that savvy marketers use the word Tuscan to sell just about anything these days! I am going to shamelessly do the same just this once. I should really call...

May 1, 2017

A well made scone is light and airy and just melts in your mouth. Slather on some jam or clotted cream and well, shut the front door! Bad scones didn't start out bei...

December 11, 2016

The word biscotti literally means, baked twice.  However, 20 years ago when we developed this recipe, we discovered that we like these cookies chewy rather than crun...

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