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Schiacciata with meat and vegetables. Photo: Nonna’s Way

Schiacciata (ski-yah-cha-ta)

Meaning ‘squashed’ or ‘flattened’ in Italian, schiacciata is also a name given to an Italian pizza/bread that has a myriad of variations throughout...
Warm Farro, Fava Bean and Pancetta Salad

Warm Farro, Fava Bean and Pancetta Salad

Spring is in full swing. Last spring, when we were in Marche, Italy, fava beans were coming into the local farm stands right about this time of year...

Pesky Weed or Food Treasure? Cicoria-Dandelion Greens!

When we were kids, early spring presented us with an additional family activity. After dinner was done and the kitchen was clean, my mother would...

The Recipe Hunters: Preserving the World’s Culinary Heritage, One Country and One Recipe at a Time

From Italy and Spain to Egypt, Cyprus, and Korea, The Recipe Hunters have been scouring the earth in search of traditional family recipes. Harvesting...

History of Italian Cuisine... in a nutshell

We all love it and eat it, and we may even be somehow knowledgeable about how to prepare some of its most representative dishes, but what do we...

Childhood Memories: Sauces of Sicily

My maternal grandparents were born on the shores of Sicily in the little village of Santo Stefano di Camastra, a sleepy place with stunning views...
Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce spiced up with hot sausages. Photo: Nonna’s Way

Classic Potato Gnocchi

There are several variations of gnocchi, but this classic potato gnocchi is a must have in your recipe collection. A simple tomato sauce or even...

Her Majesty the Cassata: An Italian Easter Tradition

A vigorous thrust with a fork resolutely imposes on the icing to reach the body of soft ricotta cream in perfect symbiosis with the sponge cake. The...

Spring Fever at your local Farmer's Market

Spring is here, and that means sweet tender vegetables, micro greens, and a profusion of young herbs. While at my neighborhood Farmer’s Market this...
This particular recipe of Peperonata originates from an area at the very tip of Calabria, where they have an exceptionally fertile land and grow an abundant variety of fruits and vegetables.  Photo: Nonna’s Way

Peperonata - The Italian Stir-Fry

‘Peperonata’. A southern Italian mixture of peppers, eggplant, and potatoes with tomato and basil. I guess you could say it is the Italian version of...
The best harvest method, holds Mr. Lo Monaco, is the traditional one: hand-picking the olives from the plant. “It allows you to pick the fruit at the desired ripeness, in the best conditions, when it is whole, and without it touching the ground,” he explained. Photo courtesy of Azienda Agricola Lubes Maria

Apulia’s Liquid Gold: Fruity, Bitter and a Touch of Spicy

If you’ve ever visited the Apulian countryside, you’ve walked amongst the giants. The majestic ulivi secolari (centuries-old olive trees) have stood...

Take it with a grain of farro!

This Mediterranean farro dish is going straight to the top of your favourites list once you try it! But first, let’s touch upon the question, ‘what...
Blood orange and almond mascarpone crostata

A blood orange crostata to brighten your table

My grandfather always ended our big family meals by slowly rising from the table and carrying a large bowl of fruit from the sideboard to the table...
Carciofi alla Romana, Roman style boiled artichokes. Photo by asimojet

Quintessential roman cuisine: Carciofi alla Romana

It’s the beginning of artichokes season in Italy. This time of the year is when they are tender and not too big, in fact so tender that they can be...
Fennel, pancetta and prosciutto give the lean rabbit "in porchetta" lots of extra flavor

A modern Coniglio in Porchetta

The first and only time I served a whole, intact rabbit was several years ago for Easter dinner (insert humorous comment about serving a bunny on...

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