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Soups for Fall, Minestra maritata, Italian wedding soup, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Soul Satisfying Soups for Fall

The simplest of meals can feed the soul. With the Thanksgiving holiday (and all its excesses) behind us, it is the simple soups of fall that I crave...
Sunday Braciole, Braciole di Maiale, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

If It's Sunday, It's Braciole!

Growing up Italian meant always sitting down for a classic Italian Sunday meal. My brother and I would typically wake to the smell of meatballs...
Tomato Water, Fresh Tomato PAsta, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Don’t Throw Out That Tomato Water! Shrimp and Fresh Tomato Pasta

I was totally and utterly WRONG. No doubt about it. I have noticed a few recipes that have, over the past month, called for the use of ‘tomato water...
Rustic Strawberry Crostata, The Stuff of Dreams, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

The Stuff of Dreams: Rustic Strawberry Crostata

In my imaginary (yet-maybe-someday) life, I live on a little Italian hillside - nestled between the dreamy blue-tinged sea and vibrant fragrant hills...
Seafood Brodetto, Italian Fish, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

A Tasty Kettle of Fish: Seafood Brodetto

My paternal grandfather grew up on Italy’s Adriatic coast in the small village of Senigallia in Le Marche. I remember little of my grandfather as he...
Food Memories, Grilled Swordfish, Chickpea Puree, Salmoriglio Sauce, Italian food, Italian tradition

Food Memories: Grilled Swordfish with Chickpea Puree and Salmoriglio Sauce

With a beautiful spring day in full bloom, I finally had time to plant my new little herb garden – basil, oregano, parsley, tarragon, mint, rosemary...
Fabulous Fennel Baked Red Snapper, Italian food, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Fabulous Fennel: Baked Red Snapper with Fennel, Potatoes and Lemon

Finally, spring is in the air! After a long and arduous winter for so many of us, you can feel moods and spirits lighten. There is a spring in our...
Spaghetti Squash, Sausage Kale, Sun-dried, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Fear not the Spaghetti Squash! Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Sausage Kale and Sun-dried Tomatoes

I have a food blogger confession. Truth be told, I used to be terrified of the spaghetti squash. I would gracefully cast my eyes aside as I passed...
Weekend Brunch, Eggs in Purgatory, Italian-style, Colazione, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Weekend Brunch: Eggs, Italian-style

Brunch is one of my favorite meals. There is nothing more comforting than long, lazy mornings loafing around in your pajamas while whipping up a dish...
Chickpea, Sausage and Kale Soup

Chickpea Love: Simple Soups to Warm the Soul

With the weather turning quite chilly here on the east coast, I crave the simple pleasures of the season - the comforting aroma from a pot of soup...