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Finding Our Roots in Le Marche: ‘Passatelli Asciutti’ with Sausage and Tomatoes

Growing up, my brother and I often helped our mother make a holiday staple – ‘ passatelli in brodo ’ – a recipe she learned from my father’s...
Passatelli in brodo

My Mom’s Passatelli and An Old Meat Grinder

One look at my mom’s old meat grinder and my eyes instantly well with tears. Never fail. How can that old beast resign me to a puddle of tears with a...
Pasta alla chitarra with tomatoes and garlic sauce

Cooking in Tuscany: Pasta all’Aglione

Autumn is typically one of my favorite seasons of the year, especially in Italy. A recent trip to Montalcino was glorious – the colors of the vines...
Baked ricotta dip with oil infused garlic

Fall Comfort Food: Making Fresh Ricotta

Although I am always sad to see summer turn to fall, there is something about the crispness in the air that I can’t help but love. As the fires in...
The recipe for pesto are so versatile. Do not be afraid to make your own

End of Summer Pesto Recipes to Help Stock the Freeze

A s summer takes its final bow, I find that I am left with armloads of parsley and basil still overtaking the garden beds. Not wanting these...
Timballini di melanzane

Late Summer Harvest: Timballini di Melanzane

As the heat of summer gives way to the cooler chill of fall, my garden harvest begins to slow. The last of the tomatoes remain on the vine waiting...
Pasta with Pesto Pantesco

Island Inspiration: Simple Summer Recipes from Pantelleria

As summer’s heat bears down on folks from Italy to America, time is best spent under a striped beach umbrella at la spiaggia or under a shaded...
Grilled peach, prosciutto and mozzarella salad

Italian-inspired Recipes for Your Juicy Summer Peaches

Bring on summer in all its beautiful glory! Life always feels so much more colorful during the summer months – sort of like the iconic scene in the...
Sicilian clams with fennel broth

Summer’s Simplicity: Sicilian Clams with Fennel Broth

The heat of mid-summer calls for ease and simplicity in the kitchen. My summer repertoire evolves into one that allows the flavors of the simple...
Basil Strawberry Spritz

Basil-infused Cocktails to Kick Off Summer

Summer, sweet summer is finally upon us. My garden has begun to take its shape as the temperatures soar and nature begins to work her magic. My basil...