My word for 2016 is PRESENT

I am constantly learning from my students. They continue to inspire me long after our time in the classroom together. Recently, one of my former students shared something that prompted me to choose a word to define my new year. It seemed so simple — a word. Not a list of to do’s, not a complicated […]

Insalata — Formulating the perfect simple salad

Most of my summers as a young girl in Italy were spent at my grandparents’ house in Recale. Two of my cousins lived right around the corner and one day they took me for a walk to pick some wild greens and some oranges from the family garden.  Little did I know I was about […]

Zuppa di Verdura — Vegetable Soup

What better way to warm up during the holiday season than with a bright delicious bowl of comforting, vegetable-filled soup! Here’s a take on my mom’s recipe that I grew up on. It’s easy to make, tasty and good for you too!  I like to serve it with  and .  0 from 0 votes Print Zuppa di […]

La vigilia di Natale— Christmas Eve Dinner Menu

When my mom came to America, she brought many traditions with her and they have become treasured parts of our family make up. One of my favorites is the seafood feast that southern Italians typically eat on Christmas Eve. Although there have been changes over the years to which seafood dishes get served, the seafood […]

La mia mamma

My mom, Rosa Giuseppina Ianniello, was born on July 2, 1938 in the small town of Recale, Caserta in the Campania region of Italy. She is an incredible woman who has endured more tragedy than most, but you wouldn’t know it from the big smile she still greets everyone with to this day. Growing up […]

Stuffed Zucchine

Some of the tastiest meals are those that are loosely improvised from an initial recipe “inspiration” and this version of Stuffed Zucchine is just that! As we improvised a lot based on what we had… we invite you to do the same! Did you know…. here in the states we say “Zucchini” but the original […]

Salsicce e Patate Fritte…

I like simple food.  In fact most of my favorites are things my mom would make when she didn’t have a lot of ingredients and needed to whip something up really quick.  I can still remember the first time she made this classic and I love putting my own spin on it for my family. […]

Napoli with Anthony Bourdain

There is something so charming about the Campania region (where my mamma is from) and Anthony Bourdain captures the essence of Napoli (and its food!) like no one else…

I miei cugini

i miei cugini, my cousins, who are like brothers to me   I have always wanted brothers. Big brothers to tease me, protect me and love me. My Zia Ninuccia had three sons, my dear cousins Enzo, Orazio and Nicola…. From the moment I walked through their portone to the moment I left, they lovingly […]

It’s all about the ingredients

I love being Italian.  Both of my parents were born in Italy and made a point of raising me to appreciate my heritage, in addition to valuing the freedom and opportunity that America provides.  The Italian culture focuses on family and the everyday beauty around us. My most cherished memories involve eating for hours around […]