Penne with Roasted Tomato Sauce

2001 was the year of the “cherry tomato.”  When I look through my folder of pasta recipes, I laugh at all the different recipes using cherry tomatoes that my friends and I shared during this period.  We were crazy for these red, juicy, flavorful little tomatoes.  Over the years, we have seen yellow ones, orange … Continue reading

Pan-fried Zucchini with Mint

Zucchini are abundant during the summer, so I am always looking for different ways to prepare them.  Pan-fried, with mint, vinegar and garlic is one of my favorite ways to enjoy this versatile vegetable.  The way in which these flavors mingle together produces a delicious and surprisingly light dish.  When you drain the fried zucchini on … Continue reading

Pasta with Sweet Bell Peppers

This sauce basically consists of only sweet bell peppers and olive oil.  Yes, we need a little salt and pepper and maybe some hot red pepper flakes, but honestly it is the flavor from the peppers and olive oil that makes this sauce good enough to eat with a spoon, without even the pasta. I’ve … Continue reading

Swiss chard

Swiss chard is a delicious and beautiful vegetable.  Even though it is available all year long now in our supermarkets, it reminds me of summer.  This is the time of year that my mother would prepare it.  As a child in the 50s and early 60s, we used to have a”vegetable truck” that came to … Continue reading

Red Lentil, Carrot and Coconut soup

I had this red lentil soup in a “Fusion” restaurant many years ago, when the word “fusion” was new to the culinary world.  It was one of those dishes that you enjoy in a restaurant, and know that you will search all over for a recipe that is similar.  The problem was, however, where would … Continue reading

Pasta with Radicchio

If your looking for a quick, delicious and nutritious meal, please give this recipe a try.  I try to always have radicchio in the house for use in salads, but it also gives me the opportunity to make this dish any time I am looking for something quick and easy.   I always have the … Continue reading

Sauteed Brocoli Rabe (Be Not Afraid)

Brocoli rabe, sauteed in garlic and oil, is one of my favorite vegetables.  But this was not always the case.  Believe it or not, the broccoli rabe we know and love today was not the brocoli rabe of times past.  While Italian farmers are responsible for bringing broccoli rabe to the States in the early … Continue reading

Pasta e Fagioli

I apologize for seeming to be obsessed with beans (fagioli) lately, but it’s winter, and beans make for a hearty meal. I don’t really think about beans as much in the summer. It’s in winter that we want our meals to have a bit more substance and earthiness. And beans do the trick. Besides, who … Continue reading