I am heading to Paso Robles this weekend for the second annual Slow Travel get together, affectionately known as the Slow Bowl, since it’s held on Super Bowl weekend. But the purpose of the get together is primarily for wine tasting, with food consumption a close second. We'll be visiting Castoro Cellars and Tablas Creek Vineyard and perhaps another winery if we have the time. There is also a group dinner and a brunch at Artisan.
I had planned to make a cake as my contribution to the group dinner, but had to make a last minute substitution. Instead I made some delicious Lemony Semolina Cookies from Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen by Gina DePalma. This is one of my new favorite cookbooks and although this was the first recipe I made from it, it won't be my last. I love the photos in the book and the really thorough descriptions of Italian ingredients and baking tips. One reason I thought I'd start by trying her Lemony Semolina Cookies is that I had read about them on Kim's blog. Now, I have to admit that I did make mine a bit on the large size. I realized after I made the first batch that I should have been making them smaller, but by then I figured I might as well make them all the same size. So, my dough made 4 dozen instead of 5, and my cookies are a bit bigger and more dome shaped. The picture on Kim's blog shows them how they are supposed to look. And since Kim will also be at the Paso Robles get together, I can have her taste one of my cookies and see if the flavor is at least the same. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at our big slow party!