Roasted Carrots, Fennel, & Red Onions I love roasting vegetables because the heat of the oven caramelizes the natural sugars within the veggies, which really intensifies the flavor, adding a subtle natural sweetness. This combination of vegetables is one of my favorites, and they create a satisfying lunch, appetizer, orRead More →

June, 2nd: the Festa della Repubblica explained So, June 2nd is the Festa della Repubblica. It’s when Italians celebrate the Republic. Here’s an explanation of this day. First and foremost, it might be easy to confuse this date with the Festa della Liberazione. While the latter celebrates the day ItalyRead More →

Three Cheese Stuffed Focaccia For novice bakers, focaccia is one of the easiest types of bread to start with, as it is almost foolproof. There is really no way to make a mistake as long as you follow the basic recipe. Focaccia is one bread that I make at leastRead More →

Bitter Greens & Fennel Salad It wasn’t until I married into an Italian family almost fifty years ago, that I learned to appreciate eating a salad at the end of a meal. Although it might seem odd if you haven’t tried it, a salad, especially one made with bitter greens,Read More →

Three Bean Minestrone Spring has finally arrived, and we are all looking forward to creating lighter meals with the fresh spring produce available to us now. Although one may not necessarily think about soup as a spring meal option, I love making healthy soups chock full of grains, beans, andRead More →

Amazingly Easy Instant Pot Chicken Broth I just celebrated another Birthday. I am beginning to believe that Birthdays after sixty years old are best forgotten, but it seems my family feels differently. At my age, it seems that each and every year I develop some new health issue, and inRead More →

Olive Oil Pistachio Biscotti We have now closed on our Michigan home, packed up all our belongings, and have put them into storage, awaiting the completion of our new home. Before we decided to build here in Florida, we had bought a condo to vacation in, so until our newRead More →

Asparagus, Ham, & Cheese Puffs Easter is quickly approaching, and when I think of Easter, I think of holiday brunch. I am not usually one to enjoy big breakfasts, but there is something about a holiday brunch based around spring vegetables that is particularly appealing. Eggs Benedict is one ofRead More →

Broccoli Rabe With Potatoes Cima di Rape con Patate ~ This is one of those easy homey recipes that one imagines that the people out in the farmlands of Italy eat. Rustic, country cooking at it’s best. This vegetable dish is great with grilled sausages, or a nice roasted chickenRead More →