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

Pasta with Asparagus and Peas (Primavera)

Pasta Primavera can typically be made using all, or some, of Spring’s finest bounty.  My favorite way, however, of making this dish is with asparagus and fresh spring peas.   The simple flavors of asparagus and peas go so well together, especially when sautéed with shallots, garlic, olive oil and butter.   All you need after that … Continue reading

Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms & Grapes

You already know about my addiction to shitake mushrooms, and how very good they are for you.   My brilliant nutritionist claims that eating shitakes throughout the flu season really boosts your immunity.   Hence, you will find shitakes cooking in my kitchen all year long, either sautéing, roasting or in soups and stews.  I add them … Continue reading

Orecchiette with Broccoli-Rabe & Sausage

In honor of my dad….a signature dish from his place of birth, the Puglia region of Italy. To be specific, he was born  in Santeramo in Colle, Provincia di Bari, Puglia, Italy. Recipe:  serves 4 1 pound orecchiette ( a Puglia pasta, named for the shape it resembles, “little ears”). 1/4 cup olive oil 4 … Continue reading

My Hearty Pasta e Fagioli (Beans)

Looking for a hearty dish to make for dinner? If you live in the two thirds of our country that’s in a deep freeze right now, I’m quite sure you are! With these frigid temperatures and snowstorms that are plaguing most of our country, we need a meal that warms our hearts, souls, and bodies. … Continue reading

Dandelions, Tomatoes & Beans (Oh My!)

“Eat your vegetables!” is every parent’s mantra. We know their nutritional value and want to make sure that our children and grandchildren reap all the benefits of a highly nutritious diet.   However, it has always been my experience that vegetables need to be disguised in some delicious sauce, because boiled with a pat of butter, … Continue reading

Stuffed Squash (Zucchini or Cocuzza?)

At this time of year, you’ll see a plethora of extra large zucchini at your farmer’s market or even in some supermarkets. I’m always happy to see these large, green squash because I immediately think about stuffing them.   It was just about this time of year, many decades ago, when our neighbors, the Sandersons, would … Continue reading

Sardinian Minestrone

Would you like to live to be over 100 years old? Well then, have I got a soup for you! There’s been a great deal of press about these Blue Zones around the world, where a large percentage of the inhabitants live to be well over 100 years old.   It’s truly fascinating. It makes you … 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