Nando’s Chicken Pizza

April 20, 2007


How it is that I’ve gone this long without tasting any of Nando’s Peri-Peri sauces, I will never know. But now that this wrong has been righted, I’m definitely a Nando’s convert. I like spicy foods and I like hot sauces but I wouldn’t call myself a connoisseur. I always have a supply of a couple different Tabasco sauces on hand (I’ve also tried Texas Pete’s and Louisiana brands but I’ve always been a Tabasco girl), but my pantry hot sauce collection doesn’t usually get much bigger than that other than maybe some Cholula and a mild tomatillo-based green sauce. And of course, there’s the occasional Asian chili paste and I am now always fully stocked with Italian chili paste (crema di peperoncino). But really, considering the variety of hot sauces available in this world, my tiny collection doesn’t even scratch the surface. Continue reading


April 19, 2007

Thousand!!! This site has now had over 300,000 visits. Actually, it’s almost up to 303,000 as I’m writing this. I started Pinch My Salt last summer and I never imagined that it would become as popular as it has! Thanks to everyone for continuing to visit my site even when I’m not able to post new recipes as regularly as I would like. And I would especially like to thank you for taking the time to leave all the wonderful comments! They always bring a smile to my face. Through this site, I have met so many fun and creative people, from all over the world, and it has really given me a new appreciation for the way the internet breaks down cultural and geographical boundaries. Continue reading

Easy Egg Salad for Easter Egg Overload

April 8, 2007


It’s that time of year when many families with children find that their baskets and refrigerators runneth over with hard-boiled eggs. What to do with them all?! My favorite solution to the problem has always been deviled eggs, but today I am going to share with you my second favorite. Egg Salad Sandwiches! I love egg salad and as far as I’m concerned, the simpler the recipe, the better. Some things in life are not meant to be fooled around with and I believe that egg salad is one of those things. So, you will find nothing fancy in my egg salad and I’m pretty sure you’ll like it that way too! I learned to make it this way from my mother-in-law Sharon, who makes the most amazing egg salad but curiously, won’t eat it herself. Continue reading

A Sunday Cappuccino

April 1, 2007


Although nothing can replace the experience of enjoying a cappuccino with good friends at your favorite bar (or local Starbucks, if you don’t happen to live in Italy), sometimes it’s just as nice to sink down into your favorite chair, cradling your favorite green cup, savoring the smell of freshly brewed espresso that has filled the entire downstairs of your house, admiring your creation — the perfect, creamy froth, the faint dusting of cocoa powder just clinging to the edge of the cup, waiting to be swept into your mouth with the first sip, the heat from the cup warming your hands as you know it will also warm first your mouth, then your throat, and then your entire body as a sense that maybe your life isn’t so bad after all slowly takes hold of you. And then you take the first sip.

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Super Soups Podcast

March 23, 2007

Just found this podcast interview with one of my favorite cookbook authors, Deborah Madison. Since I also just learned how to post Odeo podcasts on my blog, I thought I’d share it with you. Why all this new media on Pinch My Salt? The photography and written recipes are great but I’m learning (maybe a little late) that there are so many great ways to learn about food and cooking on the internet! Who knows, maybe there are even some Pinch My Salt videos and podcasts in the works 😉

Stay tuned!


Please let me know if you have any problems listening to the interview. Since this is my first time posting audio on my blog, I’m curious to know how it works for you.

A New Toy!

March 21, 2007

Artichokes in Niscemi

I just got my first camcorder and had the opportunity to try it out in the town of Niscemi during the Feast of St. Joseph celebration or, La Festa di San Giuseppe, as it’s known here. I’ll have more photos and videos soon but I wanted to share a quick look at the grilled artichokes I got to eat for lunch!


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I’m Back!

March 18, 2007

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post! Thanks for the e-mails and comments expressing concern, but I’m doing fine and I’m officially back! I don’t really have any excuse for my long absence. I’ve been cooking a lot but haven’t felt the urge to take photos or write about food lately. I guess I just needed a little break.

Those of you who have continued to visit Pinch My Salt during the last month may have noticed the cooking videos that magically appeared along the sidebar. If you haven’t noticed them, start paying attention! I joined vod:pod, a really cool new site that allows users to collect their favorite videos from around the web, keep them in one spot, and share them with friends. I have collected over forty different cooking videos at the Pinch My Salt pod and I’m adding new ones all the time. You can also check out music videos I like at my Mmmmmmusic pod. If you decide to join vod:pod yourself (it’s free and easy to use), make sure to add me as a friend and join some of my pods! And please please please let me know if you run across any great cooking videos so that I can add them to the collection!

One more thing! If you are interested in receiving an e-mail when I’ve posted something new on here, just click the link on the right side of this page that says “subscribe by e-mail” and you can get it all set up.  It’s a quick and easy process, I promise!

Happy Carrot-Ginger Soup Day (a.k.a. Valentine’s Day)!

February 14, 2007

Carrot Ginger Soup

So, what does Carrot-Ginger Soup have to do with Valentine’s Day? Absolutely nothing. I had been planning on posting this soup recipe a week ago, along with some Whole Wheat Cheddar Onion Muffins that I have been working on. But, it just didn’t happen. I’m happy that the Naughty Ice Cream Sandwiches were such a hit because it makes me feel a little less guilty about my little two week break! Continue reading

Naughty Ice Cream Sandwiches

February 2, 2007


For an extra special Valentines Day treat, create these decadent and elegant ice cream sandwiches for the one you love. Combining Kahlua-flavored dark chocolate chunk brownies and ice cream spiked with Bailey’s, these aren’t your children’s ice cream sandwiches! Continue reading

Carpaccio di Arance e Olive Verde

January 30, 2007


I made this simple salad of blood oranges, green olives and olive oil for a snack the other day and it was so beautiful that I couldn’t help but take photos of it. I’ve had the photos posted on Flickr for a couple of days now but I hadn’t planned on writing about it here. It’s so simple that I really didn’t think of it as a recipe. But, I am absolutely head over heels in love with this photo and the taste of this dish was spectacular. So, even though there isn’t much to it, I’ve decided this is definitely a recipe worth sharing. Continue reading