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

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

The Legend of Savoy Cabbage

Well, it really isn’t a legend, but it is a cute family story.  When my mom was pregnant with me, she craved savoy cabbage, cooked in garlic and oil and grated parmesan cheese (only an Italian pregnant woman could crave such a thing, but none the less it was so).  Her mom would cook pots … Continue reading

Eggplant Meatballs (Meatless)

This past Sunday was the first day of Autumn, and I know what my family was thinking.  “Enough with the cherry tomatoes.  When are we going to have real gravy and meatballs again on Sundays ??”  Is summer really over?  Is it really time to start thinking about meals indoors?   As much as I hate … Continue reading

Pesto Sauce with Potatoes and String Beans

Do we really need another recipe for pesto sauce?  By this time of year, I’ve had it up to here with pesto.  During the summer months, I always have large pots of basil growing on my deck, and I can’t resist whipping up some variation of a pesto sauce in a moment’s notice.  Doesn’t everyone … Continue reading

Ciambotta (Vegetable Stew)

Don’t know what to do with all the summer vegetables at the market right now?  Are you staring at all the zucchini, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes that you bought at the  farmer’s market and wondering what the heck you are going to do with it all?  Well let me tell you a little bit about … Continue reading