CUCINA CARA MIA.......Random thoughts from "my dear kitchen" about food, travel, Italy, San Diego and life!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


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Drinking a crisp Pinot Grigio and contemplating what to have for lunch...this photo takes me back three years to that wonderful day in Amalfi...and I would love to visit the Amalfi Coast soon.....very soon!

Friday, July 2, 2010

When life hands you lemons....make limoncello cheesecake!

A friend came over yesterday and said I miss your blog, and I said, I have nothing to write about anymore, which really isn't true. I started this blog to explore my creativity, to connect with like souls, to share some delicious recipes I have tried, and to add some humor on occasion............

I have lost a lot of readers, and I have stopped consistently reading other blogs, not because I don't enjoy them..I do very much.

I guess the starting of the business is like starting the blog over two years ago, I have become consumed with it, trying out new recipes for the farmers market, meeting new people every Sunday, from 10AM to 2PM, figuring out what will sell and what won't. I have learned that from week to week you never know what customers will end up buying. I started with the limoncello cheesecakes, and I realize that is the draw, when I say would you like to sample some limoncello cheesecake, they stop, think for a second and say OF COURSE!! I have added goat cheese, tomato and onion tarts, mini orange ricotta cheesecakes, pesto some weeks, focaccia with tomato bruscetta some other weeks, pasta salad, cous cous salad, and nutella brownies.

I run into my neighbors, friends, friends of friends and have "regular" customers now
and it is Fun! I get to know other vendors, the woman who sells organic honey, the man with the amazing Indian food, the gal who trades nutella crepes for my nutella brownies. My husband comes with me to set up my canopy and then he comes back at the end of the day...and whatever is left over, we enjoy on Sunday nights!

The ultimate fantasy would be for one of the local Italian restaurants to start selling my limoncello or nutella I am putting it out into the universe....and we will see what happens...wish me luck!