October 13, 2009

Pant pant pant. And no, it's not because of the warm weather we're having (seriously, where did fall go? It's like we jumped straight to winter, pffffft.). It's more that I'm just barely hanging on here—am treading a sea of deadlines, and am in the home stretch with my book, which will be all done November 2nd. Pant pant pant.

I did manage to get a play day in last week between waves of edits: Rosetta Costantino kindly invited me and my father over for lunch at her house—what a slice of Calabria! From the roasted peppers from her garden to the peperoncino and chocolate ice cream for dessert, it was quite the spread. I posted some pics of our feast, and can't wait for her book with Janet Fletcher, My Calabria, to come out next year. She even gave me a sneak peek at her book's recipe for roasted tomato sauce—let's just say my Saturday night dinner guest and I ate very very well. Especially since I made it with tomatoes from her garden. I hoped to get home to my parents on Sunday to make mosto cotto (saba) with my dad, but had to stay home and work. Wah. In case some of you have access to fresh grape juice right now, here's Rosetta's recipe.

This week my night off is going to be Wednesday, which is perfect because I am really looking forward to the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting: the line-up of wines (and local chefs) is a good one, including the winemaker from COS in Sicily, whose wines were featured at the last tablehopper tasting—read more in the lush. 48 hours later is WhiskyFest on Friday, and Saturday is the sure-to-be-jaw-dropping OPENfuture event at SFMOMA—release the flying panforte! Followed by a visit to Sunday's sold-out Mini Cupcake Clash by SF Food Wars—let's see if some of the contestants get me over being jaded on cupcakes, a true test.

May your umbrella not blow inside out today.

~ Marcia