Mom’s Fried Artichoke Hearts

Fried artichoke hearts are one of those dishes that I used to make only for special occasions. Why?  I’m not sure.  It’s simple enough to make, and I LOVE them!  Yet, I’d never think of making them on, let’s say, an average Tuesday night.  In my mind, they’re for dinner guests only or special occasions. Perhaps … Continue reading

Eggplant Stacks

I have stared at the description of “Eggplant Stacks” on the menu of our favorite Italian restaurant in the bucolic Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York for many years, but never ordered it.   Why not?  I love eggplant.  I love mozzarella.  And I LOVE tomatoes.   Yet, there’s something about the name…”Eggplant Stacks”….that is just so … Continue reading

Asparagus with Our Favorite Vinaigrette

The Silver Palate Cookbook….oh how I loved this cookbook! It made me feel like a fancy cook. Jullee Rosso and Sheila Lukins were food gurus to this suburban housewife. They had one of the first gourmet food shops in New York City, and when their cookbook came out, I couldn’t stop cooking from it.   Just … Continue reading

Aunt Addie’s Rice Croquettes

  When I let “food nostalgia” get the better of me, I am usually transported back in time to a scene where someone dear to me, such as an aunt or grandmother or close family friend, is cooking a particular dish that is their specialty. I fondly remember the person, the taste and the smell … Continue reading

Roasted Peppers

When New Jersey was hit with a blizzard last weekend, I was faced with a food dilemma.   I needed to roast 18 peppers for a family birthday dinner.  The request had been made for Rigatoni with Roasted Pepper Sauce ( you can find this recipe in the archives under “pasta”) long before the blizzard prediction.   … Continue reading

Frittata

I love to just say the word “frittata.” It has such a lyrical sound. Such a beautiful word for a dish made up of eggs and potatoes and vegetables.   The combination of ingredients is endless.    Of course, everyone has a favorite choice of possibilities.   I have so many combinations that delight my palate, but I … Continue reading

Ida’s Vinegar Peppers (Sort of)

Italian stuffed vinegar peppers are a Christmas favorite of mine.   I don’t recall my mother or grandmothers ever making these, but I do know that they are a family tradition for many Italians at this time of year. I was first introduced to this tradition over 20 years ago, and once again, it was love … Continue reading

Florence’s Stuffed Clams

With Christmas Eve just around the corner, I start counting my fishes. I count my blessings as well, but Christmas Eve is all about fish….seven different types of fish, to be exact. So I begin planning our menu for this feast of feasts…the mother of all feasts.   Most Italian families consider Christmas Eve to be … Continue reading

Pizza Rustica (Rustic Torte)

I have to admit that I’ve been obsessed for years over finding the perfect recipe for, what my family calls, “Pizza Rustica.”  This is a very traditional Easter dish for Italian families, but it seems that every family makes it differently, and every family has a different name for it.  Personally, I call it an … Continue reading