Recipes

Mary’s Cake

After Mass on Fourth of July weekend, our women’s club hosted a wonderful “Hospitality Sunday.” There was plenty of coffee, tea and juices to accompany the vast variety of home-baked…

Strawberry Tiramisu

I love fresh strawberries when they are in season and if it’s still cool enough to bake, I will make a strawberry crostata. However, summer seems to be here to…

Seared Herb Crusted Chicken

Quite often when I know I’m going to have a busy week and not much time (or desire) to cook, I’ll prepare foods in advance. This chicken, coated with dried…

Herbs de Provence Vinaigrette

Italians, as a rule only dress salad greens with extra-virgin olive oil, a splash of vinegar or lemon juice, a sprinkling of sea salt and a few grinds of pepper.…

Grilled Romaine Salad

Romaine grows well in the Mediterranean climate. The name “romaine” suggests that the lettuce might have originated in Rome. This lettuce is more than just a tasty leaf that adds…

Roasted Vegetable & Cheese Panini with Balsamic Glaze

This is a hearty, soul-satisfying sandwich and takes your typical grilled cheese to another level. Healthy and flavorful roasted vegetables layered between your favorite cheese on slices of brioche are…

Asparagus Ham & Cheese Strata

Whenever I am having family/friends over for brunch, I like to make a dish that can be prepared the night before and makes several servings. Quiche, frittata and strata are…

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Crunchy Chickpeas

This is such a simple, healthy and delicious soup, that you will want to make it again and again. Roasting the cauliflower is an important step as cauliflower develops caramelized…

Sicilian Lemon Ricotta Cake

Fiori di Sicilia, meaning flowers of Sicily in Italian, is one of my favorite ingredients. I use it in biscotti, my Sicilian olive oil cake, and panettone bread pudding. It…

Tomato Soup with Parmesan Roasted Croutons

If you are a tomato soup fan, this hearty and healthy version will become one of your favorites. Pureed cannellini beans add fiber and body, making this soup more filling…

Italian Sausage & Tortellini Soup

For many, soup is the ultimate comfort food, whether it is a soothing light stracciatella or a hearty pasta e fagioli. When the weather turns cold, nothing satisfies quite like…
Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

The small dumplings in this soup, made with potato, are called gnocchi and are a Northern Italian specialty. A bowl of this rich satisfying soup is a delicious meal in…

Roasted Balsamic Vegetables

This colorful, seasonal, sheet pan full of flavorful roasted vegetables is easy to prepare and makes a great side dish or a full-on meal in itself. I often serve it…

Holiday Eggnog Biscotti

Every year our church’s women’s club hosts a much-anticipated event, the “Nativity Tea.” It is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is always a sell-out! The hall is beautifully…

Potato Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Gnocchi (pronounced nyok-ee) go way back to Roman times. They were made from semolina dough, mixed with eggs. Roman legions spread the dish throughout the European region where they have…

lemon Pesto Pasta

I love lemons! They are little powerhouses of flavor. Behind his (or her) bright yellow jacket, awaits an assertive little fruit just bursting to be squeezed or zest. This simple,…

Chocolate Cherry Biscotti

I roast unsalted nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans) on a regular basis, and I always have dried fruits in my pantry. I add them to oatmeal, biscotti, snacks and desserts. More…

Fresh Blueberry Crostata

The thing I enjoy most about Summer is the fresh fruits and vegetables that are not only available during the warmer months, but you can buy or pick them at…