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Tagliatelle alla Bolognese

Back to Basics: Battuto and Bolognese

Growing up, I remember sitting at the kitchen table on a weekend morning watching as my mother chopped mounds of onion, celery and carrots to begin...
Spinach sformatini

Springtime Spinach Sformatini with a Heart of Mozzarella

It was in a little restaurant in the hills of Tuscany where I tasted my first sformato, a light and savory Italian custard or flan. The word...
Scarola ripiena

For the Love of Escarole, a Forgotten Green

If you are like me, the frenzy over kale has left me ignoring other delicious greens that I used to cook with on a more frequent basis. Beautiful,...
Vanilla Panna Cotta with Pomegranate Sauce

Italian-Inspired Recipes to Charm Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you are like me, your preference is a quiet candlelit dinner at home, preferably near a toasty...
Pork shoulder braised in milk

Italian Comfort Food: Pork Shoulder Braised in Milk

Cookie exchanges. Four course meals. Seven (ok, make that nine) fishes. Prosecco parties. The list goes on. The glorious excesses of the holidays...
Roasted basil salmon on a bed of fennel and tomato

Favorite Fish Recipes for Your Christmas Eve Feast

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a big deal in our family. Although the origins of this feast are somewhat mired in controversy, it is a holiday that...
Chestnut Crepes with Fresh Ricotta and Honey (Necci con Ricotta Fresca e Miele)

Tastes of Tuscany: Chestnut Flour Crepes with Ricotta and Honey

When I was in Montalcino in Tuscany, the fall harvest of chestnuts was evident throughout the village – baskets overflowing with plump castagne can...
Chestnut and pear ravioli with saged brown butter

Flavors of Fall: Chestnut and Pear Ravioli with Saged Brown Butter

There is something deeply satisfying to me about the changing of the seasons. Perhaps it is the shedding of the old and now familiar; the awakening...
Wild Mushroom Farro Risotto with Roasted Figs

Fall’s Earthy Delights: Wild Mushroom Farro Risotto with Roasted Figs

Fall is in full swing here on the east coast. The long shadows of light and the crisp cool air accompany the earthy delights of the new season. The...
Roasted peach winesicles

Beat the Summer Heat: Winesicles and Watermelon

Baby, it’s hot outside! Summer is in full swing and when the heat rises, you need some refreshing treats to cool you down. What better way to do so...