The Recipes – Tosca Big Hit

Not everyone can become a great artist,
But a great artist can come from anywhere…
Ratatouille, the movie


There is a beautiful moment in the movie Ratatouille when the “hard-to-please” food critic, Anton Ego, took a bite of La Ratatouille and its taste reminded him of his childhood. It is a really touching appearance of what the effect food can have.

We love everything that could bring us back to our parents’ house. It was a while ago but you still have some memories – memories that can make you smile. We all have at least one recipe that reminds us of our most treasured moments in our life.

One of my favorite local restaurants, The Tosca, was awarded several times. Kevin Longa, an Executive Chef of The Tosca, told me that his passion for food came from his childhood: My Mom & Dad were always cooking while I was growing up and still cook every night at home now. I have always drawn from the ideas of what I ate with my family as a kid, wild mushrooms, lobster, and steamers. I use my Mom’s stuffing recipe every year on Thanksgiving and her turnip casserole recipe plus my great grandmother’s Swedish meatball recipe which is one of my all-time favorites.

Luckily, Kevin has shared his family recipes with us. How special is that?

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The Roman Vacation

Dressing is a way of life.
Yves Saint Laurent


If you are not sure if there is just one synonym to words Italy, the Sun and Café au lait – it means that you don’t know Christina DeFalco. She is a fashion designer who lives in Boston but most of her ideas come from Italy where she likes to travel.

How did you decide that you would like to become a designer? 

Honestly, I never made a conscious decision, I just followed my heart and it led me here.  I feel it is similar to the partially finished sculptures of Michelangelo that line the path to the great statue of David:  they are bodies that seem to be released from a marble prison by the artist.  It took me years of chiseling away external obstacles to emerge as the real me ….a creator/fashion designer…and there is still a long way to go but at least my path is more obvious now.
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Tomorrow to fresh woods, and pastures new…
John Milton

We’re going to move this week. It means that all books are in the boxes now waiting for another chance to live in our new house. Just one book is still on my shelf – The 15,000 Recipes. I looked over at our empty home and suddenly realized that it could be fun to use the cookbook for the Bibliomancy –   just pick a page number randomly and see what is there. So I asked my cookbook if it could show me what my life looks like, opened it at any page and got an answer: Chocolate Mousse with Whipped Cream and Strawberries. Isn’t it sweet and optimistic?  Try it – it’s so much fun – and tell me if it work for you.

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Soup of the evening

Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
Lewis Carroll


Borscht is a soup that came from Ukraine but it is popular in many Eastern and Central European countries. There are a lot of different recipes and versions of this soup – with a beef and without, with green peas and without carrots, summer cold borscht. By the way, summer cold borscht is delicious!! We’ll definitely talk about it during hot summer days.

Here is one of my favorite recipes – my friends love it – A Russian Borscht.

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Something In Between

I wish I was born in that era: dancing with Fred Astaire
and Gene Kelly,
going to work at the studio dressed
in beautiful pants, head scarves, and sunglasses..
Catherine Zeta-Jones

I miss summer like most of you, dear friends. It was pretty cold today – so my boots, scarves, and gloves are with me again. It makes me sad because I’m so tired of being a cabbage with a lot of layers of clothing.

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Classic Chocolate Truffles with Rum

There’s nothing better than a good friend,
except a good friend with chocolate.
Linda Grayson


I noticed when I was upset my ego needed to eat a piece of chocolate. I’m pretty sure that a chocolate is a girl’s best friend – almost like diamonds. But anyway.. I read The Science Daily article recently about a dark chocolate – it was found that “eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in the bodies of people feeling highly stressed.” And it also partially corrected other stress-related biochemical imbalances! It’s one of my favorite researches ever – now I have an answer for everybody: “Why do you need a chocolate?”

Even if I prefer a milk chocolate we still have a lot of dark chocolate recipes. Here is an absolutely great website for chocolate lovers – It’s everything about chocolate and cocoa – from a Cacao Tree to a delicious Devil’s Food Cake.

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