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

Ciambotta (Vegetable Stew)

Don’t know what to do with all the summer vegetables at the market right now?  Are you staring at all the zucchini, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes that you bought at the  farmer’s market and wondering what the heck you are going to do with it all?  Well let me tell you a little bit about … Continue reading

Eggplant Caponata ( a la Silvia)

If you are “afraid of eggplant,” which has been the lament of my very dear friend for the past 27 years, then be “afraid” no more!  I have a simple and absolutely delicious recipe for you to try.   I suppose eggplant can be an intimidating vegetable, especially if you’re not Italian.  Heck, the British … Continue reading

String (Green) Beans and Tomatoes

While I continually waited for my mom to make the famous “French’s Green Bean Casserole” that was so popular in the 60s and 70s, I knew that string beans ( we never called them “green beans” in my household, growing up) with tomatoes and garlic, was about as good as it was ever going to … Continue reading

Pan-fried Zucchini with Mint

Zucchini are abundant during the summer, so I am always looking for different ways to prepare them.  Pan-fried, with mint, vinegar and garlic is one of my favorite ways to enjoy this versatile vegetable.  The way in which these flavors mingle together produces a delicious and surprisingly light dish.  When you drain the fried zucchini on … Continue reading