Fried pastries of this type can be found across Italy, particularly during the carnival season. Cenci mean tatters, which is what these pastries look like before you fry them. They...


Italian Christmas Cake

Delicate coils of pastry surround raisins and walnuts in this traditional Calabrian treat called Pitta ‘mpigliata. This is my revised edition of this recipe. I received this recipe from my...


Zuppa di Cozze

This recipe is so simple it is hard to believe it tastes so great! To ensure the best results, use the freshest mussels you can find. Keep the mussels in...


Whole Fish Baked In Salt Crust

One would imagine that baking fish a crust of salt would result in a salty tasting dish, but in fact that doesn’t happen. The salt actually doesn’t come in contact...


Vanilla Gelato

After our return from Italy where we sampled delicious creamy gelato almost on a daily basis, I looked through my recipe files for recipes to make a good basic...


Lemon Sorbet

There is nothing quite like a scoop of tart, icy lemon sorbet on a hot summer day! This is such a simple recipe that every time I make it...


Apple Tart With Crumb Topping

We do not eat a lot of sweet desserts in my family and in fact if we plan to enjoy something after our meal it is most often fresh...


Summer Milanese Minestrone

When we lived in Milan, in the summer there were a number of small local trattorie that would display bowls of minestrone chock full of seasonal vegetables along their...


Mussels In Pernod Sauce

The pernod liqueur adds just a hint of anise flavor that is delicious. Just make sure you have lots of good quality bread handy to sop up all the...


Garlic Orange Shrimp

A combination of shrimp with a fresh orange flavor. Quick and easy to make, it would be a great starter year round. Buon Appetito! Deborah Mele 2011 Pin It