risotto

The Realities of Risotto

Risotto, is an Italian specialty, that is in fact the dominant staple in some northern regions, where it is often preferred over pasta. Cultivated in Lombardy, Piedmonte, and the...

legumes

Rediscovering Dried Legumes

I will be honest, I never was terribly fond of dried legumes, and apart from slow cooking the occasional bag of dried cannellini beans, or adding dried lentils to...

italianbread

Making Good Italian Bread At Home

Although I dabbled in bread making over the years, it wasn’t until I returned to North America after living in Italy for 8 years that I was forced to...

oliveoil

Olive Oil – Liquid Gold

When November rolls around each year, many Italians begin to look forward to the annual olive harvest. Called liquid gold by many throughout history, olive oil has played an...

parsley

Italian Herb Of The Month – Parsley

Parsley, or petroselinum sativum, has been around for over 2,000 years. A fact that might surprise some folks is that parsley is actually a member of the carrot family,...

gingerbreadbiscotti

Gingerbread Biscotti

This delicious biscotti is rich with ginger and cinnamon and is great plain for dunking in coffee, or with one end glazed with a tart lemon icing for enjoying...

carpaccio

Beef Carpaccio With Garlic Aioli

There are an unlimited number of variations of carpaccio, but often the simpler the better. This variation tops the tender beef slices with crisp, vibrant greens, Parmesan shavings and...

primerib

Rib Roast Beef

This cut of beef is extremely easy to prepare as long as you use a meat thermometer. Serve simply with a sauce made by deglazing the pan with red...

pizzaiola

Pizza Style Steak

A classic Neapolitan dish, which consists of bottom round steak which is pounded to tenderize and then cooked in a spicy tomato sauce. As the sauce resembles sauce used...

stracotto

Stracotto

This method of cooking a roast of beef in a sauce made from good Chianti wine, tomatoes and vegetables over low heat for an extended period creates a wonderful...