La Buona Tavola

Pasta alla Parmigiana

As the end of summer approaches in North America, we see an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables everywhere. Of course we have the usual suspects...

Massaged kale “Caprese-ish” salad

Kale. The “super food”. It’s everywhere: kale salads, kale chips, kale and rice bowls, kale extracts, kale and spinach green tea hyaluronic acid age...

Tomatoes, not just for sauce!

We are told that dehydrating in the old days was a very common method of preservation, especially in the hotter zones of Italy. I can remember on...

Refreshing Lemony Pasta to Beat the Summer Heat

The heat of high summer calls for lots of time poolside and as little time as possible in the kitchen. We want meals that are simple, require little...

Pasta e fagioli the traditional pasta and beans Italian soup

Pasta e fagioli, or pasta and beans, is a classic dish found in most Italian households. Like many of the dishes that are now popular around the...

Savor Summer All Year Long ... Homemade "Canned" Tomatoes

You know that old Star Trek episode where Captain Kirk is buried up his neck in Tribbles? That’s what I feel like right now, because my tomato plants...

Basil, Green Goddess of Summer!

It’s that time of year. From the moment you bring the first zucchini into the house, up until October, it’s non-stop freezing, blanching, drying,...

High Summer Zucchini Recipes - Italian Style

By this point in summer, most of us are starting to tire of the armloads of zucchini being hauled in from the garden. This abundant summer veggie has...

The Nefarious Truffle/Tartufo: Why You Love Them…or Despise Them

True confession: up until about 6 years ago I gleefully lived my life believing a truffle was a delectable orb of chocolaty goodness surrounding a...

Summer Clam Guazzetto

During my boyhood in New Jersey, summer meant trips to the Jersey shore, and the Jersey shore meant clams! From then till now, to me summer means...

Pasta Vaianera, Spaghetti with Zucchini, Green Beans, and Potatoes

Growing up in my Italian household, there was pasta on the table at least 6 days a week! You would think that one would get sick and tired of pasta,...
Pesto with arugula

Pesto with Arugula, healthy recipe

This pesto is unique due to the arugula, which gives it a peppery bite balanced with the sweetness of almonds and a touch of tasty cheese. Use as a...
This simple and quick fish recipe is a classic in southern Italy and Sicily

Grilled Sardines with Hot Pepper Dressing

Grilled sardines with a hot pepper dressing make for a great appetizer or a light dinner. Every time I make this recipe, I reminisce about a trip to...

Basil and lemon infused panna cotta with strawberry sauce

Here in California the seasons are subtle; in most of Italy—though it shares with California a “Mediterranean” climate—the seasons are a bit more...

Grilling Italian Style: Spiedini alla Siciliana

As spring turns to summer and the days grow longer, life starts to move outdoors to take advantage of the glorious summer season. We here in America...

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