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


Fried Calamari

Crispy rings of tender calamari are great as an appetizer served with a spicy tomato sauce or garlicky mayonaise. Calamari need to be either cooked quickly on high heat, or...



These are great little breadsticks to serve with wine along with olives before your dinner. I always have these on hand when entertaining. They are very easy to make,...


Farfalle With Arugula Pesto Sauce

The combination of the green arugula pesto and red sweet cherry tomatoes in this recipe is very pretty to look at, as well as being a great contrast in...