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

Tomato Salad (Salads)

    I have so many memories wrapped up in tomato salad, and they’re not all good.  Well, not bad really, but my first introduction to this dish was not favorable.  Actually, I hated it. When I was in my early teens, I spent several weeks, each August at the Jersey Shore with my aunt, … Continue reading

Spaghetti with Arugula

  This is a very simple, light dish, but full of flavor.  The peppery taste of arugula, combined with garlic, oil and a little broth, makes each mouthful burst with fresh goodness and intensity.   Who thinks of these combinations?  And how many ways are there to make pasta with vegetables?  In the late 1980s, … Continue reading

Spaghetti with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Obtaining recipes from chefs in restaurants was very common in my family.  Before 1980, there weren’t many Italian cookbooks.  We relied on our family recipes and those of our friends.  However, if we went to dinner at a restaurant, and particularly loved a dish, we would ask to speak with the chef, and one of … Continue reading

Kathi’s Stuffed Mushrooms

Looking for something quick and delicious for your Holiday entertaining?  I think this recipe for stuffed mushrooms might be just what you’re looking for.  In no time at all, you’ll have a fancy hor d’oeuvres to serve your guests.  This recipe has been in my recipe folder for 35 plus years.  I’ve tried many stuffed … Continue reading

Sauteed Mushrooms

Somewhere in the early 1960s, this dish of sautéed mushrooms made it’s way into our Holiday menu.  I remember watching my Aunt Mary, in her Bronx kitchen, stirring a huge frypan of this weird looking vegetable and wondering if I would like it.  It was Christmas Day, and we already had too much food.  Why … Continue reading

Pumpkin Tortelloni with Autumn Vegetables

I’m not sure if I should categorize this dish as a soup or as a pasta, but either way, it’s a winner.  This dish saved our family Thanksgiving many years ago.  For the first 25 or so years of my life, we began our Thanksgiving feast as all traditional, old fashioned Italian families do, with … Continue reading

The Legend of Savoy Cabbage

Well, it really isn’t a legend, but it is a cute family story.  When my mom was pregnant with me, she craved savoy cabbage, cooked in garlic and oil and grated parmesan cheese (only an Italian pregnant woman could crave such a thing, but none the less it was so).  Her mom would cook pots … Continue reading

Eggplant Meatballs (Meatless)

This past Sunday was the first day of Autumn, and I know what my family was thinking.  “Enough with the cherry tomatoes.  When are we going to have real gravy and meatballs again on Sundays ??”  Is summer really over?  Is it really time to start thinking about meals indoors?   As much as I hate … Continue reading