Ida’s Polenta

First of all, please excuse my recent absence. It’s been quite a long time since my last post. What I’ve learned during this time of reflection, is just how important our memories truly are to us. Without memories, we are left with very little. I have been blessed with many memories of family and friends, … 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

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

Spaghetti all Gricia

  If you love Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe and/or Pasta Carbonara, stand back! The best is yet to come. Spaghetti alla Gricia is a delicious variation of the two, and just as easy. While my mom often made a dish something like this with peas (bacon, onion, olive oil), it wasn’t until I was watching … Continue reading

Acini di Pepe (tiny pasta) with Eggs

After weeks and weeks of rich, high fat, sugary foods, my stomach called out to me for some simple, wholesome nourishment. After weeks of complicated “holiday” recipes that took hours to make, and never look like the picture anyway, I desperately desired some “simple” food.   And the simpler, the better! I found myself alone in … 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

Fusilli with Collards (the forgotten pasta)

I recently was looking through my folder of pasta recipes that I’ve collected over the years, and I came across this beautifully handwritten recipe for fusilli with collard greens.   As usual, the memoires started flooding back to me. My (non- Italian) friend brought this to me one day in 1990, and said, “I made this … 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

Crab Salad

I have another wonderful recipe for you to make with our meaty and delicious Jersey crabs.   I am especially fond of this recipe because not only is light and tasty, but it also brings friends and family together around the table for several hours. It takes time to break open the crabs and dig in … Continue reading

Crab Sauce over Spaghetti

Some of my fondest food memories are from the Jersey Shore. “Down the shore” is where you’ll find some of the best fast food in our country. I’m sure you’re salivating right now just thinking about the sausage and peppers sandwiches, pizza, zeppole, clams on the half, Kohl’s custard…and the list goes on and on. … Continue reading