3 Cheese Vegetable Tart


Everyday for the past 7 months (Oh, has it really been that long?) I have promised myself that I would sit down in front of my laptop and write a new post. Everyday for the past . . . → Read More: 3 Cheese Vegetable Tart

A trio for your consideration

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What do shrimp, chickpeas and pancetta have in common? You love all three of them? Ok, that works. I guess they really don’t have anything in common, but they’re all really good, right? Would you ever put them together? I probably wouldn’t have of my own accord. . . . → Read More: A trio for your consideration

Yellow pepper pasta

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For a long time and for a lot of people, Italian food was limited to just a few dishes. Pizza, lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs (which, for the record, Italians never eat together). Pasta in a tomato sauce (with or without meat) has become a real symbol of Italian food. Try it. Google: Italian food, . . . → Read More: Yellow pepper pasta

Pasta con gli asparagi


Just about every where I look these days I see fresh asparagus and I have been itching to use some. Now that spring is in full bloom here and we have had some pretty high temperatures, my allergies have knocked me flat on my back – literally, but the thought of using some fresh asparagus . . . → Read More: Pasta con gli asparagi

150 years of Unification Happy Birthday Italy!

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Today is a national holiday in Italy – this year only – because it marks the anniversary of 150 years of Italy being a united country. Schools and businesses are closed and we are enjoying a day off from the daily grind. To celebrate with my boys to day, I am putting the Italian flag . . . → Read More: 150 years of Unification Happy Birthday Italy!


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Barbajada [bar – bah – ya – da] That’s not a word you see every day. It actually isn’t even a real word, it is a person’s surname that has been transformed into the name of a rich, chocolaty, coffee flavoured drink. . . . → Read More: Barbajada

Dinner for one


I have a serious issue with cooking for one. I have a hard time getting the amounts right. I always make too much. Growing up I always saw my grandmothers making huge batches of whatever it was they were cooking from sauce to lasagne to veal cutlets. Whatever wasn’t eaten right away went into the . . . → Read More: Dinner for one

Vegetable Ragù


Surprises come in all shapes and sizes but perhaps the best are when the surprise is a person and not a thing. Today, for Valentine’s Day I want to celebrate a different kind of love, the love we feel for friends and the bonds we create with them. This is a love letter of sorts, . . . → Read More: Vegetable Ragù

Nutella Stuffed Pandoro French Toast


How do traditions start? The easy answer is that someone, does something, likes it and does it again. . . . → Read More: Nutella Stuffed Pandoro French Toast

Involtini di carne

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Sometimes it is terribly easy to fall into a rut, especially a food rut. This happens to me when I have too much going on both at work and at home and rather than use my imagination I just rely on old standbys that are fast and easy to make, and that I know everyone . . . → Read More: Involtini di carne