• appetizers & hors d'oeuvres,  dips,  Greek / Mediterranean,  party food & snacks,  sauce,  Uncategorized,  vegetarian

    Tzatziki Sauce + Dip

    Should you or shouldn’t you on the first date?   The answer depends on how confident you are with yourself and how comfortable you are with your partner. It really has to be a commitment from both parties. After all, if you both eat garlic, you should be fine because your garlickyness will cancel out his garlickyness. Right? We were face to face with this dilemma on our first date. The culprit was tzatziki, loaded with garlic and garnished with scrapes. Garlic galore! The Man and I looked each other square in the eye. I think he could tell I do not easily part from my food. I was elbows…

  • pasta,  vegetarian

    Pasta with Roasted Wild Mushrooms

    This dish is one of the most divine things ever. Another wild mushroom recipe, you ask?           Absolutely, I say!  And there are many more to come! I once thought cacio e pepe was the most heavenly pasta dish. Now I think it’s a toss up. My tastebuds were singing the Hallelujah chorus when I put this in my mouth. The Man (aka taste-tester extraordinaire) would agree.  Damn delicious.           But why so many recipes with wild mushrooms, Naked Epicurean?           Because, inquisitive reader, wild mushrooms are delicious meaty (therefore a great meat alternative) rich in B vitamins…

  • eat,  pasta,  vegetarian

    Pasta with Wild Funghi Trifolati

    There was a tremendous heatwave in Dolceacqua this summer–throughout most of Europe, in fact—so we sought shady respite from the angry sun at a family owned and operated osteria.  Gorgeous freshly prepared rustic foods adorned the tables. Creels piled high with fresh, bulbous mushrooms awaited our order. I enjoyed the ravioli ai funghi, basking in a glimmer of olive oil—a perfect light choice for a hot day. It was love at first bite.  I knew as soon as I returned home, I would have to duplicate the trifolati. Trifolati. The word dances from your lips. Beautiful to say, but what exactly is trifolati? According to Saveur.com, trifolati is    …