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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Focaccia Farcita


Because what I really need is another cookbook...

Latest arrival from Zooba, Italy in Small Bites, by Carol Field.

It's an 'ok' book; of course my biggest and first complaint: no pictures! When will cookbook authors learn that we want to see photos of the food we're about to make?

There weren't too many 'ooh, I really gotta make that' recipes, but several worth giving a try...at the very least.

So Tuesday's dinner: a cheese and prosciutto (or veggie bacon) filled focaccia.

We both prefer my old stand-by focaccia, a recipe from Jamie Oliver, but this one was ok.

After the focaccia is baked, slice it horizontally and layer with a nice, melty cheese and your choice of pancetta or prosciutto (or veggie substitute). Pop it back in the oven for a few more minutes, until cheese melts.

It was a nice, filling, dish. And as the recipe (and Matt) suggested, it would make a great appetizer. Just not with their focaccia recipe!

8 Thoughts for food:

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Kevin said...


I agree with you about pictures in cookbooks, but unfortunately photographs double (or more) the production costs of a book.

At 12:19 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Kevin...secretly, I know this. But there's that part of me that doesn't care, and still wants pictures!

Even Matt had that problem (though it wasn't his responsibility: one of the Amazon reviewers for his book complained about pictures, too.

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Indira said...

Stephanie.. Matt's book on amazon list, about real computer stuff, that's really impressive.

I think Vijay is more familiar with this subject, I will ask him about this book(subject).

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Indira...yes it is!

He's actually oc-authored a couple others, but as he loves to say, when it comes to Lotus Notes, he 'wrote the book'!

Of course, his brother has his own book, as well...with a new one due out next year; very literate family I've married into.

At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Indira said...

His brother too. Wow..
How do One get interested in such subjects(Roman law & history), it boggles my mind.

So when are you going to publish a book, Stephanie?:)

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Well, Matt's family is filled with academics. His brother is a professor in Texas, his dad just retired from UT; head of the department, Dean of the school, microbiologist..., his grandfather was the youngest tenured professor at Yale!

As for me, I do have some ideas kicking around...who knows?

At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Indira said...

Good role models for Alex. Very impressive, Stephanie.

If you ever publish a book, I promise, I will depart with my hard earned dollars and will buy your book paying the listed price.(won't even wait for sale):)

At 12:49 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Gee, thanks!


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