Recipe of the Month July:Frutti di Mare On the Grill

Buon giorno! There is no shortage of recipes for Frutti di Mare. Literally it means “fruits of the sea” – more to the point: seafood! The term and recipes are most closely associated with the Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples, although you can find them from other regions sometimes given different names. the term, Frutti di Mare, is more often seen in recipes for spaghetti and linguine … Read More...

Baked Stuffed Haddock

Buon giorno! Italians love fish and serve it in all sorts of ways. Here is a beautiful BAKED STUFFED HADDOCK which is so rich and delicious that you would think it must be over the top in unhealthy ingredients. NOT! The preparation is simple and contains no butter despite the buttery flavor. It takes about 30 minutes to prepare and cooks in slightly less time than that. The … Read More...

Blueberry Limoncello Crumble

  Buon giorno! Let me rock your sweet tooth a bit with this little gem: Blueberry Limoncello Crumble. The hot days of summer just aren’t memorable enough without the sweet explosion of a plump baked blueberry popping in your mouth. This dessert is special – not only because it is wonderfully delicious but also because the resulting little cups of goodness are so easy and quick … Read More...

Key Lime Gelato

Buon giorno! Welcome to Margaritaville! Errr – Linda’s Italian Table with a lime twist?? Whatever! It is the warm weather season, and I, for one, am ready for a chilly dessert. This KEY LIME GELATO (with or without Macadamia Nuts – up to you) is just pie in a bowl!! I suggest making extra because this stuff is gonna disappear fast! It is creamy and limey – made with Key Lime Juice … Read More...

May: Saltimbocca Alla Sorrentina

Buon giorno! Sorrento is one of those towns that, once witnessed, becomes ingrained upon your psyche for ever more. My father, Attilio, spent the better part of his life whistling a song about this town to the point where we all wanted to reach for ear plugs. Did he not know another tune? Actually he did, but why resort to something inferior to whistling about paradise? He had it … 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...

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...

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...