Recipe of the Month August: Sausage and Clams

  Buon giorno! So I just returned from my 50th high school reunion in Binghamton, NY, where I was fortunate to rekindle friendships with some of the finest people I have ever known. In a word, it was somewhat surreal! Since this event, I have thought of little else, along with memories of all sorts of fun times and yes, even some mischief. Some of the memories that came to … Read More...

Braised Short Ribs With Espresso & Cocoa Rub

Buon giorno! So summer is officially over.. because I have declared it so! My senses are turning to cool temperatures, crunching leaves, aromas of spice, and definitely heartier foods. I am thinking of comforting flavors and preparations that do not require a grill. My first thoughts turn to a favorite cut of beef far more interesting to me than “fancier cuts” like steak, prime rib, … Read More...

Pasta Alla Gricia

Buon giorno! Looking back, so many regional dishes of my youth were those from Campania or Napoletana in origin because of my father, Attilio’s influence. However, my mother, Loretta, had family roots just a little further up the map in the region of Lazio (the region of Rome) – more specifically Minturno, a beautiful and charming seaside town. For this reason, some very interesting … Read More...

July: Grilled Corn Salad Caprese Style

Buon giorno! “Knee high by the fourth of July!” I grew up hearing those words every July 4th that I can remember, recited by my father, Attilio. He was referring to the benchmark in height of what successful sweet corn should be by the time this patriotic holiday arrived. We did not grow corn, but that did not deter him from his yearly pronouncement.  Ever after, I have not enjoyed … Read More...

May: Roasted Diced Potatoes with Gorgonzola

Buon giorno! Potato, Po-tahhh-to, as they say. Lately growing tired of the usual cuts, I have been on a tear for preparing diced potatoes. On the surface you might think it wouldn’t make a difference how they were cut before roasting – but it does. Potatoes in this tiny shape carry more of the roasted flavor than the usual larger slices. Each little bite is FULL of flavor! I have … Read More...

March: Roasted Pears

Buon giorno! Italians have long ended their meals with a simple fruit or fruit and cheese. They seem to like their sweets or “dolci” in the morning with an espresso. With our ROASTED PEARS, we take our fruit dessert to another level with little sweetness from the added Bourbon Crema and Candied Walnuts. Not a drop of sugar is needed during the preparation of these pears, making … Read More...

Caprese Style Chicken with Beans

Buon giorno! The use of the term “Caprese” is often heard in the world of Italian food these days. What does it actually mean? Caprese refers to recipes and a cooking style coming from the island of Capri in Italy located in the Tyrrhenian Sea . This area is celebrated in song as well and is noted for its amazing and unique blue water color. There are many great dishes coming from … Read More...

February: Mini Frittatas

Buon giorno! Here it is! if you are looking for a healthy snack or breakfast – quick and great for “on the go” – MINI FRITTATAS are your new best friend! It’s a no brainer really. So you like Frittatas – why not make small individual ones ahead so you can just grab one – or two when you are hungry or when you need something fast. This has really saved me in my pursuit of healthier … Read More...

October:Bolognese Sauce

Buon giorno! One of my favorite regions of Italy is Emilia-Romagna – an area perhaps most prominent as a source for the most common and revered of Italian cooking ingredients. This is the land of Parma Ham, Balsamic Vinegar, tortellini, sfoglia, Parmigiano-Reggiano and on and on. It is no wonder that it is often called the “gastronomic heart” of Italy. Many of its signature recipes … Read More...

Pasta with Shrimp and Greens

Buon giorno! Pasta is a great energy food. Bikers, runners, and those who need to pack the carbs for a sports event have known this for years. Of course, Italians have always known there was something good and wholesome about it. When you add healthy ingredients which combine to offer great flavor it is a match made in --- well you know where! PASTA WITH SHRIMP AND GREENS is an easy … Read More...