The Chew and Mom and Stuffed Mushrooms

The Chew and Mom and Stuffed Mushrooms I’m writing this blog post on Mother’s Day 2023. I should probably be sharing another one of my mother’s wonderful recipes with you, but instead, I’m going to share a wonderful memory, and of course, a recipe that I think you’ll enjoy.   On the days that I sit … Continue reading

Escarole Pizza……Cucina Povera

         Make it and they will come………… Family… friendship….food…traditions…recipes…..and health of course:  these are some of the blessings in life.  At least that’s true for me.  There is a true joy that comes from digging into our pasts and sharing our heritage, especially through food.  At this time of year, the Lenten season for Catholics, many of us recall the … Continue reading

Kathi’s Hot Artichoke and Mozzarella Dip

I am always so happy to sit with friends and/or family and discuss food, drink and recipes.  However, when the discussion conjures up wonderful memories, I’m more than happy. I’m over the top ecstatic.  I had this happen to me a few weeks ago when I was delighted to spend time with a relative who I hadn’t … Continue reading

Crispy Gnocchi with Burst Tomatoes and Mozzarella

by Ali Slagel “Cooking New York Times” Website As much as I love my cookbooks, sometimes I just don’t have the time to dawdle among the pages to find a recipe. I just can’t resist browsing through the gorgeous photos and dreaming about when I’ll make each dish.   I have been known to open a cookbook … Continue reading


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

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

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

Spaghetti with Zucchini

I’m not sure if this was true of all Italian families, but when I was young, my mother had a routine for what she made for dinner each night of the week.  As a mater of fact, this was true of all my relatives as well.  For instance, if I ate at a cousin’s house … Continue reading