And Speaking of Italian Cooking...

When you live in a city, there is nothing better than having a friend within walking distance (I miss you, Annie!). Thankfully, Francesca and I have each other and often get together to cook on Sunday night. Well, Ismail usually cooks. He made the stuffed mushrooms and eggplant rollups you see above, or, I should say, aubergine rollups. 

Several Italians I’ve cooked for have commented on how different my cooking is than what they’re used to. Other than using cheddar instead of mozzarella and grilling the vegetables to top the pizza, I’m not sure what the difference is, but I haven’t received any complaints.

Aperitivo!!!! 

I love making fresh tomato sauce. We used this on the pizza.