Cousin Richard’s Summer Pasta

Looking for that perfect, light, summer pasta dish for a warm, sunny Sunday?  Well you can wish to be invited to dinner at my cousin Richard’s house, or you can make his recipe at your house.   It’s perfect for any day of the week, actually.  But you know us Italians……Sunday means pasta, even in the … Continue reading

Eggplant Stacks

I have stared at the description of “Eggplant Stacks” on the menu of our favorite Italian restaurant in the bucolic Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York for many years, but never ordered it.   Why not?  I love eggplant.  I love mozzarella.  And I LOVE tomatoes.   Yet, there’s something about the name…”Eggplant Stacks”….that is just so … Continue reading

Pasta with Asparagus and Peas (Primavera)

Pasta Primavera can typically be made using all, or some, of Spring’s finest bounty.  My favorite way, however, of making this dish is with asparagus and fresh spring peas.   The simple flavors of asparagus and peas go so well together, especially when sautéed with shallots, garlic, olive oil and butter.   All you need after that … Continue reading

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