Breakfast & Brunch Recipes

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

  This is a simple pasta dish that can be ready in the time it takes for the spaghetti to cook. The original Roman version uses guanciale (cured pork jowl),…

Eggs in Purgatory

  Because the eggs are cooked in a hot and spicy tomato sauce, this Italian dish is known as Uova in Purgatorio. The intensity level can range from mildly spicy…

Toasted Almond Breakfast Cake

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  As a rule, when a recipe calls for toasted nuts, it really is non-negotiable. Toasting intensifies their nutty flavor and whether the nuts are whole, sliced or slivered, you…

Baked Broccoli Frittata

  This is an easy frittata to put together and can be prepared in advance. For a simple breakfast or brunch, I cut them into squares and set them out…

Olive Oil Zucchini Bread

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  Summer squash is abundant this time of year. We have eaten it grilled and oven-fried, in a refreshing cold soup and a marinated salad. If you love zucchini and if you…

Blackberry Balsamic Crostata

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  Seasonal fresh fruits are nutritious and delicious any time of the year but, I find the berries of summer to be a special treat. They can be added to…

Orzo Chicken & Fruit Salad

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  Whether it’s a simple meal for game night, a light lunch with the girls or the solution to what to bring to a potluck pool-party, this orzo salad works…

Avocado Toast

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  When I lived in California, we had an amazing avocado tree that produced an abundance of ridiculously large fruit. Although, I am blessed to have several citrus trees in…

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

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  Lemon ricotta pancakes have a fluffy, luscious creaminess and are an excellent alternative to your every-day pancakes. This elegant replacement to the morning meal will turn an ordinary breakfast…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Frittata

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  Whether this frittata is paired with a hot cup of coffee and fresh oranges on a cold winter morning or a refreshing iced tea and vine-ripened tomatoes on a…

Torta di Riso (Rice Pudding)

  My mother was a finicky eater as a child — something she never really outgrew. As an adult, her petite frame of barely five feet tall and one hundred…

Orange Marmalade

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  I feel quite blessed to have several citrus trees in the yard. There is one prolific lemon tree directly out the kitchen French doors, literally within arm’s reach, bearing…

Panettone Bread Pudding

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  Just the mere thought of panettone, the slightly sweet, Milanese Christmas bread, conjures up the aromas of citrus, vanilla and candied fruit. This holiday bread is traditionally made using…

Olive Oil Granola

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  Granola is simply toasted oatmeal but, with additional ingredients to give it more personality. Using rolled oats (not instant) as the foundation, you can make it as basic or…

Cranberry & Toasted Walnut Scones

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  Whether I’m making vanilla bean or lemon-blueberry, my scone recipes have the same basic ingredients such as, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, plus either butter or olive oil and…

Oven-Fried Zucchini

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  We eat a ton of vegetables in this house. Most of the time these vegetables are roasted, grilled, sauteed, marinated and eaten raw but, every now and then, they…

Griddle Cakes

  The only thing Italian about this recipe is the story that goes with it. My son, Joe, and I were in Brindisi, Italy, on a volunteer-working-vacation. This was our…

Caramelized Leek Fritatta

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  Frittata is the Italian word for omelet. I often use the words frittata and omelet interchangeably but, technically they are different. A frittata is flat with the ingredients mixed…

Brussels Sprouts Bruschetta

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  Anyone who knows me well, will tell you that this is a favorite breakfast of mine. Once a week, I roast a pound or two of these little cruciferous…