The Miracle of Spring

Tweet Like magic, my yard awakens! Seemingly, overnight, tiny buds emerge where only dead limbs existed just a few short weeks ago. I am continually amazed at the vegetation in ...

Stuffed Eggs with Prosciutto

Tweet The greens on the plate are called pea shoots and they are more than just a garnish. Pea shoots are the leaves and tendrils of the pea plant. While ...

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

Marsala-Poached Pears

Marsala-Poached Pears

Tweet The Sicilian city of Marsala, (from the Arabic “Mars-el-Allah,” meaning the ...

Ricotta Gnocchi

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

Anise Biscotti

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

Mangia Bene!

Potato & Onion Frittata

Growing up, I remember my mother making a frittata of potatoes and onions. It was never served for breakfast or a fancy brunch, rather it was our evening meal. This dish along with bell peppers and eggs (another “meatless” meal), appeared often during Lent. A frittata is always a good answer anytime the question is, […]

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Artichoke lemon & Pistachio Pesto

This light and bright pesto is simply perfect for spring and after you taste it you will want to keep some on hand. Initially, I was going to make a basil pesto, but I would have had to strip my little plant of most of its leaves. So, I searched the pantry and decided to use […]

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Asparagus Tart

Asparagus is my favorite spring vegetable! When tossed with ravioli it becomes a lovely light lunch and combined with lemony chickpeas creates a perfect picnic salad. If I’m in the mood for a small bite, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus enjoyed with a refreshing glass of  Prosecco or limonata is a splendid way to take pause and count […]

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Cuccidati Crostata

Every year it seems our stash of Sicilian Christmas cookies are gone way too soon. So, this past Christmas, I saved some of the filling to make another small batch for Easter. Not feeling like baking, I came up with this crostata instead. It’s a perfect pairing with an afternoon coffee or for a special […]

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Handmade Cappuccino

In Italy, coffee is more than a beverage, it’s an important part of every day life, a social phenomenon, a religious experience and one more reason Italy is suffering during this global pandemic. However, when at home, the Italian way of brewing coffee begins with the iconic Moka Pot. Unless you are a tea drinker […]

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Triple Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

I have posted many biscotti recipes over the life of this blog. There are traditional family favorites as well as those I’ve been inspired to create. Although a few contain chocolate in them, such as, bittersweet chocolate blood orange and  fig walnut and chocolate, I have never made a “chocolate” biscotti … until now. So, […]

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Lemon-Roasted Asparagus & Ravioli

Lemon-Roasted Asparagus & Ravioli

Spring is the season for asparagus. Crops are harvested from late February to the end of May, with April being the height of the season. This is a simple recipe that is perfect for a light spring meal. The asparagus is roasted in lemon and olive oil, tossed with your favorite cheese ravioli and dressed […]

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Andouille Pasta

My mother, who was born and raised in New Orleans, used a spicy sausage in certain dishes, such as, jambalaya, but never with pasta. So, I decided I’d give it a try. Using the ingredients I had on hand I came up with this recipe. This is a very flavorful pasta dish to wake up […]

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Pistacchio Biscotti

Pistacchio Di Bronte, the pistachio grown on the western slope of Sicily’s Mount Etna, is harvested only in odd years. If you missed 2019’s crop, the next harvest will be in 2021. Pistachio trees are alternate bearing, producing heavy crops every other year. Farmers remove the flower in “off” years to allow the tree to […]

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Meatballs and Sauce

My maternal grandmother did not cook from recipes. I never saw her open a cookbook. To my knowledge, she didn’t have any. The meals she prepared were committed to memory. The cooking that took place inside her small kitchen was a direct result of  what was in her pantry and the fresh fruits and vegetables that […]

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