Ida’s Vinegar Peppers (Sort of)

Italian stuffed vinegar peppers are a Christmas favorite of mine.   I don’t recall my mother or grandmothers ever making these, but I do know that they are a family tradition for many Italians at this time of year. I was first introduced to this tradition over 20 years ago, and once again, it was love … Continue reading

Florence’s Stuffed Clams

With Christmas Eve just around the corner, I start counting my fishes. I count my blessings as well, but Christmas Eve is all about fish….seven different types of fish, to be exact. So I begin planning our menu for this feast of feasts…the mother of all feasts.   Most Italian families consider Christmas Eve to be … Continue reading

Bucatini with Amatriciana Tomato Sauce

It’s Fall and cherry tomatoes have lost their appeal, but Sunday comes every week and we Italians need a red sauce.  For most of my childhood, this meant meat sauce with meatballs and all sorts of “gravy meat,” such as beef and pork ribs, sausage and braciole.   (You’ll find my recipe for Sunday gravy under … Continue reading

Ribollita Soup

  Before summer arrives, and the temperatures start to soar, I just had to share one last soup recipe.  I do enjoy  chilled soups like gazpacho or chilled pea soup, but they’re not something I usually make.  Perhaps I should start, because I love soup!  So before summer sets in, I try to enjoy a … Continue reading

Swordfish Livornese (or is it Sicilian?) Style

  Italians not only love eating food, but they love arguing over food as well.  As you can see from several of my other posts, whether we’re  arguing about who makes the dish the correct way, or what region the dish comes, we love to challenge one another.  My motto is, “if it tastes good, … Continue reading

Escarole and Little Meatball Soup

Happy New Year to all!  I hope you all had wonderful holidays.  While I hate to see the Holiday season come to a close, I must admit that I am always ready for some detox and renewal when January 1st comes around.    Nothing says this better than soup.  I made lentil soup (recipe can be found … Continue reading