Ann & Bev’s (Noodle) Pastiera

If you were to look up “pastiera” in any Italian cookbook, the recipe would most likely be translated as “ricotta and grain pie.” But if there is one thing I’ve learned about Italian cooking, it’s that these names vary from family to family.   In my long- time, dear friend’s family, “pastiera” meant something completely different.   … Continue reading

Strawberry Shortcake

Happy Memorial Day! With all the festivities that surround Memorial Day, it sometimes requires a moment to stop and think about the real reason for this holiday. It is not about barbecues and outdoor fun, although that has become a much beloved part of the celebration. First and foremost we are celebrating all those who … Continue reading

Ann’s Rice Pudding

This recipe for rice pudding is very special to me, as you can see that by the way I cherish (yes, cherish) the three copies of the recipe that I have in my possession. One is in my mom’s handwriting and is very worn and stained from fifty years of use. One is in Ann’s … Continue reading

Congo Squares

While looking through my mother’s folder of torn and stained recipes (a habit that I just love), I came across a neatly typed recipe for “Congo Squares.”   I could tell this was a very old recipe, and I vaguely remembered the name. As I read through the ingredients, I started to recollect the taste, which … Continue reading

English Trifle

Happy December! The Christmases just keep coming faster and faster every year.…or at least that’s how it feels to me.   I feel like I just put away all the Christmas ornaments! But here we are again. It really is such a wonderful time of year.   I love the hustle and bustle and all the festivities … Continue reading

Banana Oat Cookies

In contrast to my opening statement in my last post (DiGirolamo Cookies), this is absolutely not the “cookie of my childhood.”  As a matter of fact, my grandmother, Little Nonni, might be looking down from heaven and wondering how I could possibly even call this a cookie (biscotto).  “There’s no sugar, flour or eggs so how … Continue reading

DiGirolamo Cookies

This is the cookie of my childhood.  In no time at all, my grandmother (Little Nonni) or my mother would mix up the dough (by hand, of course), roll it out to desired thickness, and we’d all chip in to cut them into very irregular shapes.  As a child,  it was a lot of fun … Continue reading

Betty’s Knots

I finally figured out why my mom has so many different recipes for basically the same holiday cookie.  Her generation of women made the traditional Italian cookies from the region in Italy where they came from originally.   Each region has a slightly different version of many of the Christmas (and other holiday) sweets.  So … Continue reading

Pecan Butter Balls

I can remember where I was the first time I bit into one of these buttery, delectable cookies.  I was 9 years old, and I was sitting at the kitchen table of my soon to be best friend.  It was an afternoon in December, after school, and her mom sat us down with a plate … Continue reading

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

When October arrives, and Halloween is everywhere, I start to dream about these pumpkin cookies and look for any excuse to make them.  I’ve been making them at this time of year for 25 plus years.  And I only make them at this time of year because I cannot control myself.  They are just that delicious!  In … Continue reading