Risotto Primavera

Just a few more days until the calendar tells us it is springtime….”primavera” in Italian.  I, for one, am thoroughly done with winter.  I’m sick of wool coats, boots, gloves and root vegetables.  Yes, I’ve had it up here with root vegetables.  I long for seasonal asparagus, sweet peas, zucchini and dandelions.    We are fortunate to … Continue reading

Marianna’s Eggplant Caponata

What do I love most about Italian cooks?  I love the way we “wing it.”   When sharing recipes, we don’t usually give detailed instructions, unless baking.  We share a general idea about how the dish is made.    Whether it’s your grandmother’s recipe or your girlfriend’s, chances are that there won’t be much information on measurements … 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

Stracciatella Soup…not just for babies

When my children were babies, this soup was a staple. I’d open a can of College Inn Chicken Broth (or my mom would give me homemade), and I’d boil pastina and tiny cut up carrots in the broth.   Then I’d add the beaten eggs and grated Parmesan cheese, and all was right with the world. … 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

Pasta Asciutta

“Asciutta” means dry in Italian, and doesn’t usually refer for food, but when referring to pasta it means dry or without sauce.  When I first heard about this pasta dish, I must say that I was very skeptical.   There’s only three ingredients…peas, grated Italian cheese and pasta.   How good could this taste? Well, in one … 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

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

I can’t believe that I have been blogging for three years now, and have not mentioned the recipe for spaghetti aglio e olio. It is a staple for Italian families. For such a simple dish, it has many facets to it, and several medicinal properties….or so we Italians think. Many believe that a big bowl … Continue reading

Peppers and Eggs Sandwiches

Since we’re on the topic of delicious sweet peppers (last week’s blog), I simply had to blog my favorite sandwich of all-time. I don’t even know where to start with this “love of my life” sandwich. It all began when I was a young girl, maybe eight years old or so. In the summer, my … Continue reading

Spaghetti alle Vongole (Spaghetti with Clams)

\ Pardon my absence, for those of you who noticed. I like to say that I’ve been traveling in search of recipes to share.   Research is very important! Ha ha!! This recipe for Spaghetti Alle Vongole, was “researched” about 25 years ago on my first trip to Italy.   We were to visit the Amalfi Coast, … Continue reading