Toasted Walnut & Pear Salad

Tweet Perfectly ripe pears, toasted walnuts and Gorgonzola makes a classic combination of delicious. Cool, crisp and refreshing, this salad is fitting as a first course for an elegant dinner ...

Lemon Granita

Tweet Granita Siciliana is Sicily’s famous “icy” treat. It has a texture similar to an American snow-cone but that’s where the similarity ends. What a granita is NOT is crushed ...

Italian Food Buffet

Buon Giorno! Welcome to my food blog

Tweet   Colazione, pranzo e cena (breakfast, lunch and dinner) – there’s no doubt about it, food is an important part of every day life. But food is more than ...

Spotlight Recipes

Ricotta Gnocchi

Tweet Gnocchi (pronounced neeyo-kee) are small dumplings. They should be light and ...

Pasta alla Norma

Tweet The combination of pasta and eggplant is exclusively associated with southern ...

Anise Biscotti

Tweet   Italians LOVE their biscotti! We eat them for breakfast, for ...

Mangia Bene!

California Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Competition

The California State Fair recently held its inaugural Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Competition and the winning oils will be proudly displayed during the California Exposition and State Fair – July 10-26, 2015. The Extra-Virgin Olive Exhibit is located in California Building-B, with experts on hand to answer everything you want to know about olive oil. Fair-goers […]

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Olive oil and food are just like pasta and sauce, some combinations are better than others. Perfect pairings come from recognizing similarities or contrasts of flavor and intensity. The oil shouldn’t overpower the food, nor should the food overpower the oil, thus the dish becomes greater than the sum of its parts. A little Extra-Virgin […]

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Sparkling Rosemary Limonata

Turn your ordinary lemonade into something special! This simple recipe adds a subtle savory twist to a favorite warm weather drink. The crisp, clean refreshing taste of Italian limonata (lemonade) will cool you off and add a splash of sparkle to any occasion. This recipe makes 2-3 servings. I usually double the recipe, as the […]

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Farro Vegetable Salad

Emmer wheat, called farro in Italian, is a nutritious grain with a distinctive nutty flavor and chewy texture. Farro is low in fat, high in protein and rich in magnesium and B-vitamins. This dish was the result of rummaging through the pantry and the refrigerator to come up with a quick one dish meal. We […]

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Grilled Vegetable Salad

Grilled seasonal vegetables are the foundation of many of my spring and summer-time meals. It might be one special vegetable, such as carciofi alle brache, two or three different vegetables layered with ricotta into colorful stacks or an entire platter of my favorites served warm with a balsamic vinaigrette as shown here. The vegetables listed […]

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

As a rule, I only dress salad greens and vegetables with extra-virgin olive oil, a splash of vinegar or lemon juice, a sprinkling of sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper. However, there are times when a vinaigrette is in order. Oil and water don’t mix, so the proverb goes, and something you […]

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Crustless Ricotta Torte

I use fresh ricotta in many of my recipes; from pancakes, bruschette and gnocchi to cookies, pudding and pie, Some dishes such as lasagne and cannoli, are rich and flavorful, while others such as fresh ricotta sauce and ricotta al caffe are light and satisfying. This ricotta torte is in the latter category. Baked in […]

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Brown Butter Biscotti

I rarely order biscotti in a restaurant as I am usually disappointed. If one happens to find its way to my table, it is only because the biscotto (singular) has accompanied my coffee and rests flavorless on the saucer. However, I recently enjoyed a very tasty one with un caffe in a rather unlikely place. […]

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Spring Vegetables

You know it’s springtime when the local farmer’s market is filled with fresh veggies that only come around once a year. Hardly requiring a recipe, many only need to be cooked, dressed with extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt. These seasonal vegetables are here for a very short time … I believe┬áthat’s […]

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Grilled Vegetable Antipasto

Grilled eggplant and zucchini are layered with just enough ricotta to add a subtle creaminess with very little fat. Packed in individual ramekins, these colorful stacks make for a stunning first course, a healthy addition to brunch or paired with a salad, a satisfying light lunch.     Ingredients: 1 tomato 1 zucchini 1/2 eggplant […]

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