Maccu

From The Glorious Soups and Stews of Italy by Domenica Marchetti “Glorious” is the word for this cookbook.  These sumptuous soups and stews are seasonal, even though we tend to think of soups and stews as hearty, wintry meals.  In this cookbook, you will find a vast variety of seasonal ingredients that can be cooked together to … Continue reading

Broccoli Pasta

From Old World Italian by Mimi Thorisson I’m always thrilled to receive a cookbook (or any book for that matter) as a gift.  It’s a gesture of endearment to me, as it lets me know that I am truly understood by that person.  They “get me” and my love of food, cooking and of course, cookbooks.   Recently, … Continue reading

Pumpkin Soup with a Very Fine Pasta

The New Complete Book of Pasta by Maria Luisa Scott & Jack Denton Scott Autumn is soup season.  I could eat if for breakfast, lunch and dinner at this time of year.  So when a friend told me I had to try this recipe, I was eager to oblige.   However, when she told me the ingredients, and that it … Continue reading

Pasta with Mushrooms from “The Tucci Table”

Try as I might to refrain, I’m often tempted to purchase a new cookbook (or two) if I find myself intrigued by an author, or concept, or just about anything that will push me into the “I’ve got to have it” mode.  This time it was Stanley Tucci’s travel/culinary series on CNN, entitled “Searching for Italy,”  that … Continue reading

The Famous Breaded Pork Chops

This is one of my favorite recipes, as it was given to me from a friend, along with the actual pork chops to be cooked!  Yes, she delivered the pork chops, and a delicious suggestion of how to make them.   How lucky could I get??!! I should explain the “cult following” that these pork chops … Continue reading

Pasta with Cauliflower & Chick Peas

I think that you could make pasta every day for an entire year (my kind of heaven), and never need to duplicate a recipe.  I really do.  Right off the top of my head, I could name close to 100 dishes that make my mouth water.  If I thought longer, and perused my Italian cookbooks … Continue reading

Alberto’s Orecchiette and Brussels Sprouts

Whenever I think I have nothing in the house to cook for dinner, I call upon my husband to save the day. He always does!  I found myself staring into the refrigerator one evening, hoping something would call out to me, “here, make me.” There were two containers of sliced Brussels sprouts, which didn’t appeal to … Continue reading

Mom’s Fried Artichoke Hearts

Fried artichoke hearts are one of those dishes that I used to make only for special occasions. Why?  I’m not sure.  It’s simple enough to make, and I LOVE them!  Yet, I’d never think of making them on, let’s say, an average Tuesday night.  In my mind, they’re for dinner guests only or special occasions. Perhaps … Continue reading

Lobster Fra Diavolo with Spaghetti

With the celebration of Labor Day over and done, I turn my sights to the Holidays.  Well, not really, but they will be here before you know it.   Don’t worry….I’m not going to start posting holiday recipes for some time to come.  I’m still grilling and enjoying the summer bounty.  However, when I was asked … Continue reading

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