Spring Pasta With Asparagus Pesto I love to prepare seasonal dishes using local ingredients in my kitchen. Obviously, as we pass from one season to the next, our tastes change due to the weather and what ingredients are available to us. As much as I love a warm bowl ofRead More →

Marinated Beans With Celery & Ricotta Salata We spent the month of February in Florida, and I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the warm weather. Our new puppy arrived at the beginning of our stay, and he immediately settled in,  sleeping through the night in his crate, walking onRead More →

Calamari With Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Olives This is a dish I first enjoyed on the island of Sardinia. We took the ferry there and had a glorious time driving all over the island and dining on their specialty foods. The cuisine of Sardinia is unique, and being a small island,Read More →

Pasta With Asparagus & Parmesan Fonduta Spring in Michigan is always interesting. Last week we had temperatures in the thirties with snow flurries, and this week our temperatures have risen to the eighties. Spring is my favorite season as I love to see my backyard come to life as aRead More →

Sourdough Focaccia With Kalamata Olives I did a lot of bread baking during the first six months of 2020, and as difficult as last year was, I did learn to bake with sourdough and perfected both my sourdough bread and my sourdough focaccia. I won’t detail making a sourdough starterRead More →

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Late winter, just before spring arrives, Myer lemons arrive in our stores. Myer lemons are a unique variety of citrus that are thought to be a cross between lemons and mandarin oranges. Myer lemons are smoother than regular lemons with a deep yellow skin andRead More →

Colomba di Pasqua {Easter Dove Bread} When I think of Christmas in Italy, I think of Panettone, and this sweet bread formed in the shape of a dove is what you find across Italy at Easter. Although Italians outdo themselves baking regional sweets for every holiday, this traditional sweet breadRead More →

Hot Cross Buns My Mother passed away two years ago this past week, and every time we reach a new anniversary, my Mom is constantly in my thoughts. My Mom wasn’t the best cook in the world, but she did make us homemade meals every night for dinner. She hadRead More →

Pizza Chena Pizza Chena, or Pizza Chiena, sometimes pronounced “Pizza Gaina,” is a southern Italian savory “pie” made with a variety of cheese, cold cuts, and eggs baked within a bread crust. There are many different recipes for this traditional Italian specialty, but this is the one I prefer. YouRead More →