Recipe of the Month April:Creamed Spinach Italian Style

Buon giorno! Lately when I dine at a “fancy” steakhouse, the menu usually offers the obligatory Creamed Spinach as a traditional side to my choice of steak. This side dish is priced on the menu between $8-$12. depending… Wow – let’s hear it for Popeye’s favorite food! Who knew it would demand such a premium? I am about to save you a few bucks - you're welcome! In addition, many … Read More...

Venetian Sole

Buon giorno! Usually you will find some lore or history with the regional signature dishes. There is almost always a “back story”. VENETIAN SOLE is no different. It is sometimes referred to as ‘'”marinated sole” because most of the old recipes call for marinating the fish after cooking for a couple days. Today’s recipe has most of the elements of the original – except that you will … Read More...

Strawberries and Ricotta

Buon giorno! Dessert is not a dirty word. You heard it here first. Dessert also does not have to be heavy or high in calories to fill that “sweet void” you feel after a meal. Finally, a good dessert does not have to be chocolate. An old Tuscan sweet – STRAWBERRIES AND RICOTTA is one dessert that does not take a back seat to any. It is light and satisfies your need for a that special … Read More...

Polenta With Gorgonzola

Buon giorno! Most Italians are familiar with the custom of eating polenta on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins, or for Carnevale. (Mardi Gras) However, the most well known preparation is with sauce and little meatballs or even Braciole. This is considered the Southern Italian method. Northern Italy is also known for their polenta, using more butter and cream than the … Read More...

February:Amatriciana Sauce

Buon giorno! Some of the most memorable Italian dishes are also the cherished standards of regional cooking. These are authentic representations of the very best the region offers and need no embellishment or gilding. One such signature dish from the region of Lazio (the region of Rome) is AMATRICIANA SAUCE  - a recipe named for the town of its origin, Amatrice. I prefer to call it … Read More...

Risotto with Greens

  Buon giorno! Although risotto is more frequently thought of as a Northern Italian dish, the other regions of Italy have their favorite preparations of this dish. RISOTTO WITH GREENS is one such traditional preparation from Tuscany. It may seem to be a healthier alternative, with the addition of greens, in particular swiss chard, but it is no less tasty. This is a hearty … Read More...

Soup with Cod and Swiss Chard

Sburrita Buon giorno! Today we travel to the island of Elba for a simple and healthy soup called SBURRITA or for our purposes -  SOUP WITH COD AND SWISS CHARD. This is a delicious and lighter soup which is traditionally made with salt cod and the lovely sweeter green, swiss chard. About Elba: Elba is an island located between the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Seas, which is actually … Read More...

January: Breakfast Pizza

Buon giorno! Pizza! Pizza! Pizza! Everybody has a pizza – a dough – a fave. But – do you have a BREAKFAST PIZZA? Here is the true “breakfast of champions” – a sure bet for your  "home team". This pizza has all the breakfast elements you might look for – dough, cheese, sausage, spinach, and of course, the EGG. Add some champagne to wash it down, and Yeah – there’s a … Read More...

Best Sweet Potatoes Ever!

Buon giorno! Everybody seems to have a sweet potato recipe they love and are willing to go to the mat for. Here is mine! I call it the BEST SWEET POTATOES EVER. Why – it is because over the years I have tried them all and pulled a little from one dish and a little from another – things that I love about these dishes that come together to create just – well – the Best – in my … Read More...

Pumpkin Pecan Gelato

Buon giorno! There is nothing more satisfying than a creamy tasty bowl of gelato. Here is one that is bound to please. PUMPKIN PECAN GELATO is a delicious addition to any dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas – or just anytime in the fall when the flavor of pumpkin is on everyone’s “craving list”. It is like eating a creamy bowl of pumpkin pie with a little crunch—only better – just … Read More...