caponata

Caponata

Caponata, a zesty eggplant spread, is great anytime, winter or summer, although I do seem to serve it more often in the summer as it just works so well...

bakedblolives

Baked Seasoned Olives

Baking olives with just a few chosen herbs and spices brings out their earthy flavor. This is a great addition to any party, or an antipasto tray. We always...

favamash

Fava Bean Puree

Fresh fava beans are available every spring and are a very versatile and healthy vegetable that can be used in an unlimited number of ways. This fava puree can...

caprese

Insalata Caprese

Creamy mozzarella combined with ripe, fresh tomatoes creates this salad which would be a wonderful antipasto choice, or a light lunch. This salad makes a wonderful antipasto, or a...

orecchiette

How To Make Orecchiette Step By Step

Orecchiette pasta resemble little ears, which is where they get their name. This unique pasta shape can be found across Italy, but is traditionally a typical pasta of Puglia....

friedravioli

Fried Ravioli

A great party food that always gets rave reviews. The red pepper flakes are added to spice up the dipping sauce, but you could leave them out if you...

arancini

Arancini

These risotto balls make great party food. You can also fry them 3-4 hours in advance, and then reheat them at 350 degrees F. just before serving. I like...

market

Summer Market Bounty

There is nothing more inspiring to an Italian cook than to walk through a market in the summer, packed full of the season”s freshest produce. Since Italian cuisine essentially...

cucinapovera

Cucina Povera

I ordered this book myself while we were still in Umbria, and then the author Pamela Sheldon Johns had her publisher send me a copy to review as well....

gnocchidone2

How To Make Ricotta Gnocchi Step By Step

Gnocchi is one of my hands down favorite Italian dishes and if I see it on a restaurant menu here in Italy and find out it is made “in...