Inviting Bruschetta

Italians have a way with words. Even one of the ways they say I love you, ti voglio bene,  translates to… I want good for you, implying  I care so much about you, that I wish the best for you.  Now that is a beautiful way to love others. They use words like bellissima, dolcissima and carissima to let you know […]

Truffle Bruschetta

a guest post by LeAnn Brown of l&l – {linenlavenderlife.com} ON A SIX-WEEK STAY IN TUSCANY and while making my way through several recipe books in the cucina of my wee appartamento, I came across the English edition of “How to Make Bruschette.”  It is a small, paperback book unremarkable in its appearance, but with […]

Un posto a tavola… A place at my table

late winter 2016 Favorite Dinners The warm weather is on its way, but it’s not here yet… my body is still craving warm, hearty dishes.  My husband and boys are craving that too – especially after a long swim practice. These straight out of the oven dinners are just what they need. These two dishes […]

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 .  What better way to warm up during the […]

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

I like simple food.  In fact, many 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. […]

Salsa di pomodoro… Tomato Sauce!

{also known as Salsa Semplice— Simple Sauce} This is the first type of sauce my mom taught me how to make. Every good Italian Mamma has a version. Here’s mine: This is the first type of sauce my mom taught me how to make. Every good Italian Mamma has a version. Here’s mine:    

Ciamella all’anice // Ciambella Sorana

A delicious braided bread that has the consistency of a bagel and a hint of anise flavor— perfect as a snack or with a simple arugula salad for lunch or dinner! This bread recipe comes from the Lazio region of Italy and has been passed down from my paternal grandmother, Cesidia Di Carlo. My cousins and I loved […]

Soffritto

Italian Soffritto is similar to the French mirepoix… In Italian, it means “underfried,” which refers to the fact that each element is lightly browned. It is composed of onion, carrot and celery. Some recipes call for 2 parts onion to 1 part carrot and 1 part celery, but Patricia says her ratio is probably closer […]