Le Vignole ~ Spring Vegetable Stew I am a huge fan of most vegetables, but artichokes and fava beans are certainly two of my favorites. Since they are spring vegetables, I am always looking for new and delicious ways to prepare them each spring. I came across a recipe forRead More →

Focaccia Barese {Focaccia From Bari} One of my favorite things about Italian cuisine is that is so regional. When traveling from one region to the next across the country, you’ll find that the cuisine changes dramatically, depending on the region’s location, climate, and the people within. Although I chose toRead More →

Grilled Eggplant And Tomato Salad Grilling any vegetable seems to really enhace it’s flavor, and in this recipe the eggplant is no exception. This recipe is a great side dish, light lunch salad, or even a tasty addition to an antipasti platter. If you cannot find the small, Italian eggplantsRead More →

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 →