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...


Spaghetti with Shrimp In Creamy Tomato Sauce

This is one of the very first pasta dishes I ever made over 35 years ago before I ever even visited Italy and it still tastes great. It is...


Penne Pasta With Sun-dried Tomato Pesto, Eggplant & Goat Cheese

This recipe combines the great flavors of eggplants, sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese. Quick to put together, yet delicious, this recipes will soon become a family favorite. I...


Veal & Spinach Cannelloni

Delicate sheets of egg pasta are stuffed with a veal and spinach center which is then topped with creamy bechamel sauce and baked. This is a great recipe for...


Breaded Mussels

On our recent trip to Puglia, we ate these delicious mussels on a daily basis. Pugliese are passionate about mussels, preparing them in a variety of ways, but this...