Recipe

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 prepare a dish that can be put together, baked in the oven and makes several servings. Quiche, frittata and…

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,…

Roasted Rapini

Rapini, also known as Broccoli Rabe, is a superhero of vegetables! It boosts your immune system, improves digestion, protects your eyesight, supports heart health, strengthens bones and detoxes. This cruciferous…
Palline all’Arancia

Palline all’Arancia

  In Sicily, even before the making of pastries and confections became a source of income for the convents, the tasty treats as gifts were an acceptable currency by which…

Mediterranean Lemon Chicken

In this delicious dish, chicken thighs marinate in olive oil, white wine, lemon, and Herbs de Provence. The chicken is then transferred to a skillet and as the chicken cooks…

Herbs de Provence

Herbes de Provence is a multi-purpose spice blend that is made with dried herbs that are commonly grown and used in France’s Provence region. As French cuisine gained popularity in the…