Seasonal Recipes

Who cares if they’re ugly, they’re delicious! I Brutti ma Buoni

The word biscotti in Italy refers to what Americans know as “cookies.” Many Italo-Americans use the word biscotti when they refer to a specific type...

A taste of summer: pomodori arrostiti

Finally the summer heat has yielded a delicious crop of tomatoes – plump heirloom, sweet cherry, meaty San Marzano. I wait patiently all season for...

Arancini, arancine and supplì: what’s behind a fried ball of rice?

When you travel around Italy you will quickly notice that, in every single region, there are culinary traditions locals are not only proud of, but...

Viva la Pappa al Pomodoro!

I knew I had become truly Italian once I had mastered shopping for food on a daily basis (every morning) as opposed to a large once-weekly...

The Neapolitan dessert par excellence: Rum Babbà

Symbol of Naples ’ patisserie , the babb à has very peculiar and, indeed , ancient origins ! It reached Naples from Paris, city were the chefs of...

To Your Health: Salute Rucola!

I stopped by the local farmer’s market this weekend and found myself in front of a beautiful basket of freshly picked arugula. Memories of a...

Pasta con le sarde

A traditional Sicilian pasta recipe which I absolutely adore is pasta con le sarde - pasta with sardines. If you have a keen eye though, you’ll...

Italy’s summer favorite: spaghetti con le vongole

With the arrival of summer in Italy, it’s definitely time to think about the pasta recipes that are celebrated during this holiday season. My all...

A stranger among us: bergamot

Calabria, more specifically the area of Rada dei Giunchi, holds the world record for the production of bergamot . Here, a temperate- tropical and...

Kick your canned tuna up a notch: pasta with roasted cauliflower and tuna

Italians are one of the largest consumers of canned tuna in the world and for good reason. Italian oil-packed tuna (tonno) is a flavor packed treat...

Hot! Hotter! Soft ‘nduja, the soft Calabria salami

Between green mountains and crystal clear sea, the region of Calabria offers a plethora of unique delicacies, including ‘nduja, a curious spreadable...

Beer, the world’s bubbliest blonde, is more than 5000 years old

The history of beer is ancient and its invention may well be considered fortuitous, if we take into account that basically every type of sugar-...

Eat your piselli (and other Spring veggies too)!

There is finally a hint of spring in the air on the East Coast after a very chilly, snowy March. The air is still unseasonably cool but you can feel...

Asparagus season is just around the corner!

So you may read this and, like my husband, wonder what would possess someone to roam ditches and pastures for asparagus when you can find locally...

Struffoli and a little trip down memory lane

Have you ever heard of “struffoli?” They are deep fried morsels of dough that expand as they cook. Have you ever tasted “struffoli?” After they are...

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