Paulette also is editor of Alimentum, a literary food journal, and I’m honored that she published a piece recently that I wrote called A Marriage in Meals. It’s one of the most important (to me) and heartfelt stories I’ve ever tried to put on paper.
In addition to writing and editing, Paulette leads culinary trips to Italy and teaches Italian-themed cooking classes (learn more at her blog, Cucina Paradiso). Raised in Brooklyn with a Sicilian grandmother, she fell in love with Italy when she spent time abroad there during school.
I attended one of her classes this summer. We began at the Nashville Farmers' Market where we browsed the stalls to find the ingredients that looked best.
We roasted sweet potatoes for risotto.
We roasted asparagus.
For dessert, we sprinkled peaches with cinnamon and swaddled them in buttered phyllo dough before baking.
But one of my favorite moments of the meal happened when Paulette told a story about watching a man in Italy peel a fresh peach for dunking in white wine.