Aroma Cucina Blog Posts

Blast from the Past!

Dinner Rituals and a Side of Sautéed Mushrooms

By JudithKlinger | Apr 22, 2012

In all the chaos of the past few months, I was struck with by a lightening bolt moment of clarity. And, gee, no surprise, it was at the dinner table.
With all the intriguing restaurant dinners, hastily grabbed meals, take out and delivery, we were losing our personal social mooring. Gobbling food in front of a computer does not a dinner make. Shared meals matter and it wasn’t until I was making this dinner that I realized how much they matter to us. What’s that silly pop song? “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone?”

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NYC IACP Conference Evolution: Down the Rabbit Hole

By JudithKlinger | Apr 19, 2012

Like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole, I’ve been living in a parallel world for the past seven months. Jeff tumbled in a few months ago and as we are emerging and returning to our old world, we are much richer for friendships forged in foxholes, much wiser for hard lessons learned, and excited about what the future holds.

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Why is a Toaster Like a Salad Spinner?

By JudithKlinger | Jan 22, 2012

Both are simple in concept, do very simple tasks using reliable technology, and yet, why is it neither one ever seems to work quite right?

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A Celebration of Good Things to Come: IACP NYC Conference

By JudithKlinger | Jan 17, 2012

It was time to throw a party and a party we did throw!
There is a wild & crazy group working on the IACP Annual Conference and it was about time we did a little celebrating.

A little background: IACP (Intl Assoc of Culinary Professionals) has a conference every year and this time it’s in NYC, so naturally it’s bigger, noisier, splashier, and of course, tres, tres fashionable!

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New Year’s: Let’s Drink Punch!

By JudithKlinger | Dec 30, 2011

People are coming over, or you’re going to a house party. What’s an appropriate libation? Something that doesn’t require precision, can be made in batches, and won’t knock you or your guests on their fannys would be a good start. Punch to the rescue!!

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New Year’s Resolution: Craft Cocktails at Home or Why Cocktails are Like Sex

By JudithKlinger | Dec 29, 2011

It’s time to take the plunge and start making some creative cocktails at home. Discovering cocktails leads you down the same path as learning about sex:
*Infatuation: you throw vodka and rum into everything, pretend your are Capt. Morgan and drink with wild abandon.
*Experimentation: oh, gin is good; scotch is interesting, what happens when I add some bitters to the mix!
*Regrets: I went home with who?? I’ll never drink tequila again.

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Crackling Prosciutto Wrapped Potatoes: Perfect for a Party

By JudithKlinger | Dec 22, 2011

“What can I bring?”
It is the holiday season after all! As the words are coming out of your mouth, your brain is flipping thorough your stockpile of recipes. Crackling Prosciutto Wrapped Roasted Potatoes to the rescue. Tasty, simple to make, pretty and transportable. What more could you ask for?

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Everyday is a Holiday Fennel Gratin

By JudithKlinger | Dec 14, 2011

What’s gorgeous enough to serve at a holiday gathering, but easy enough to indulge in whenever you feel like it?
It’s that time of year again, lots of parties, potlucks and bring-a-dish moments, when you have very little time to be messing around in the kitchen.

Fennel gratin to the rescue! It can be easily transported, made ahead of time, and did I mention delicious??

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12 Cookbooks Good Enough to Give

By JudithKlinger | Dec 11, 2011

‘Tis that gift giving season again, and nothing warms a cooking person’s heart like a new cookbook. Here is my completely subjective list, in no particular order, but arranged by delicately nuanced categories, of favorite books to give to deserving friends.

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