It’s all about the “U”. Cookies para…”U”.


Cookies And Icing… I’ll share the recipes later. Photo by Priscillakittycat.

Waiting on a plane for this flight to the Bahamas to take off.  Thought I’d share these with you…cookies I made for our students last weekend. It’s all about the “U”!

Estou dentro do avião aguardando a partida para as Bahamas.  Enquanto esperamos a decolagem do jatinho Embraer compartilho com voces estes cookies que fiz para os nossos alunos. (Eles estiverem em residência na semana passada)


Spiced Butternut Squash Soup ~ Sopa de Abóbora

Recipe by Food & Wine Magazine, Photos and Videos by Priscillakittycat

Recipe by Food & Wine Magazine, Photos and Videos by Priscillakittycat

I made the soup and a loaf of herb bread and took them to my neighbor this Sunday afternoon.  I arrived at his house when he and his friends had just sat down to watch the Barcelona soccer match.  Perfect timing!  The recipe comes from Food & Wine Magazine.  Watch the videos for verbal instructions on how to prepare it.  Or visit Food & Wine’s website and enter:  Spiced Butternut Squash Soup.


Esta sopa é “10”.  Ela é boa porque é feita com um tempero marroquino (gengibre, noz moscada, curcuma, pimenta branca e canela).  Combina bem com o pão de ervas que aparece na postagem anterior.  Eu fiz a sopa e o pão para o meu vizinho querido e a esposa dele.  Foi ótimo porque quando fui levar o pão na casa deles, haviam chegado uns amigos para assistir o jogo de Barcelona.  A sopinha chegou na hora certa!  Voce pode encontrar a receita no site da revista Food & Wine.  Depois vou postar a lista dos ingredientes em português, mas por enquanto assista o video que dá para fazer.

La Strega Nocciola (A Bruxa de Avelã)

La Strega Nocciola

Gelato at La Strega Nocciola

Gelato at La Strega Nocciola

A person can’t be in Italy without licking up a gelato at least once a week…or once a day.  Please tell me how one can stay fit on two scoops-in a cone-per day…not including bread, pizza and pasta?  I’ve been told the trick is to walk it off.  Walk, walk, walk.  La Strega Nocciola translates to the Hazelnut Witch…or Hazel the Witch.  This is where a friend took me for lovely gelato.  My favorite flavors are Lavanda (Lavender) and Pompelmo (Grapefruit).


Uma pessoa nao pode viver na Italia sem experimentar um gelato por semana…ou, em certos casos, um por dia.  Pode estar fazendo o maior frio, e eu posso estar vestida de pés a cabeça, casaco, cachicol, e luvas…mas a tentaçao sempre vence.  Agora me diz, como é que a pessoa pode manter a forma enquanto prova duas bolas, no cone, ao dia?  Isto nao inclue o pão, a pizza e a pasta que tambem fazem parte do atual regime. Os Italianos me dizem que o segredo é caminhar muito.

A Strega Nocciola (A Bruxa de Avelã) é uma gelateria que oferece sabores naturais.  Os meus favoritos são Lavanda e Toronja.

Puzzone di Moena

Puzzone di Moena Cheese, Photo by Priscillakittycat

Puzzone di Moena Cheese, Photo by Priscillakittycat

Say cheeessse!  During orientation our school’s counselor, who is a practicing psychologist or psychiatrist (can’t remember which), originally from Texas, asked us to write down everything we hope to get out of this study abroad experience.  He said to write freely and let ideas emerge without judgement.  I like him.  We’re on the same page.  It must be the Texas connection.

I wrote down a bunch of ideas and continue to add to the list.  Like this morning when I grabbed another cheese from the fridge drawer.  I thought…”Hmmm, I will taste (and research) every single cheese that the Mercato Centrale sells.  This way, I can give mom and dad a cheese lesson when they come to visit at the end of March”.

Too bad I forgot to write down the names of some of the cheeses I bought a few days ago.  Luckily, this one still had a speck of the label on the rind.  So with that partial label and the help of Google, I found the name online.  Puzzone di Moena.  At the Mercato they cut the cheese in the amount you choose.  I asked for 200 grams of each one. When I opened the butcher shop white packaging, a very strong (and stinky) aroma emerged.  Puzzone means “stinky” in Italian.  And Moena is a city in the province of Trento.  I expected the taste would be equally strong.  Not at all.  It’s an almost soft cheese and perfect for my breakfast.  There are uneven little holes in it.  A cute little mouse would love this cheese.

Bingo Night

Every December we get together with friends and family for food, fun, and Bingo.  Each guest brings a Bingo prize and we play Bingo until the prizes run out.  It’s a blast!  I spent a couple of weeks looking for recipes and narrowed the menu to the items listed below.  The one thing I forgot to do was take photographs of the appetizers and dinner…because I was busy cooking and serving our guests from 5 p.m. to midnight.  Yes, midnight!   The pasta dinner was served at 11:00 p.m., after we’d had our fill of Bingo.  Perhaps the dessert table photos will give you a taste of how things looked that evening!

Bacon & Leek Quiche
Proscuitto-Wrapped Shrimp with Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
Baked Brie with Cranberry, Raspberry and Almond Jelly
Wild Mushroom Crostini
Cheese Platter
Marinate Olives Platter
Bloody Mary Mussels
Gorgonzola and Toasted Walnut Spread
Empadao de Frango (Brazilian Style Chicken Pot Pie)
Roasted Eggplant and Peppers Spread

Crab Salad with Mint Oil

Main Dishes:
Shrimp with Arugula Pesto
Rigattoni All Amatriciana

Canudinho (Pastry Cones filled with Dulce de Leche)
Polvorones (Mexican Wedding Cakes)
Reindeer Cookies
Rocambole (Brazilian Rolled Chocolate Cake)
Corn Cakes
Pumpkin Cheesecake

Photos by Priscillakittycat

Photos by Priscillakittycat

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The Ultimate Cheese Wheel

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I love cheese, but seriously, who doesn’t? Check out this awesome cheese wheel infographic I discovered on the interwebs. It’s pretty magical and I am thinking it will look nice framed in my kitchen next to the All you need to know about beef in one infographic.

The Charted Cheese Wheel
by popchartlab.
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