walnutshorts1

Buttery Walnut Cookies With Dark Chocolate

Every Christmas I make many of our traditional Italian cookie favorites, but I do have a few cookies that I grew up with myself including shortbread cookies that I...

lobster pasta

Lobster Fra Diavolo

This recipe is a real treat for special occasions. Lobsters are cooked in a spicy tomato sauce, and then the sauce with lobster meat is served on pasta. Generally,...

veglasagna

Vegetable Lasagna

Use your favorite vegetables for this dish, or try the ones suggested in the recipe. By grilling or roasting the vegetables before assembling the lasagne, you will really bring...

sardines

Spaghetti With Sardines

This is a typical pasta found in Sicily, some say even the regional dish. The sardines should be fresh which are hard to find here in the US, but...

applesquares1

Apple Squares

I am always on the lookout for new recipes using apples that I can serve to our farmhouse guests at Il Casale di Mele. Obviously, our last name translates...

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Cacio e Pepe

For me, this simple Roman dish is pure comfort food as well as being very inexpensive and easy to make. Although it originated in Rome, it is a common...

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Party Focaccia

This has recently become my favorite focaccia recipe that I find myself making at least once a week to share with our farmhouse guests. The focaccia itself has a...

cinnamonpannacotta

Cinnamon Panna Cotta With Spiced Pears

When we entertain, I tend to plan a multi-course menus that highlights local seasonal produce and regional specialties. By the time we get to the dessert course however, everyone...

cherriesredwine

Cherries In Spiced Red Wine

These cherries are delicious to have on hand in your pantry and can be used to create delicious quick desserts for unexpected company. I like to spoon them onto...

figsgorgonzola

Grilled Gorgonzola Figs With Honey Balsamic Dressing

We have a huge fig tree behind our property here in Umbria that has been abandoned and ignored that I pick fresh figs from every fall. I went out...