Latest Recipes

Cookies and Bars

Pumpkindoodle

To quote one of my taste-testers, these cookies are “delicate, light as air, with subtle pumpkin flavor, and lovely warm spices – perfect with a cuppa!” Snickerdoodles are nostalgic cookies that evoke strong feelings in cookie lovers.  Everyone has their own idea about what makes a perfect Snickerdoodle.  Honestly, I […]

Salads

Cannellini Bean and Tuna Salad with Parsley Vinaigrette

I love the classic Italian combination of tuna and beans.  This delicious, traditional Italian salad can be prepared from ingredients you should always keep in your pantry – canned tuna and canned beans.  Eating well doesn’t necessarily mean spending hours in the kitchen.  Sometimes it’s good to get back to […]

Pasta-Risotto-Polenta

Torta di Riso

The perfect description for Torta di Riso, is a crustless rice quiche.  The Italian name, Torta di Riso, translates to a very mundane-sounding (but certainly not mundane-tasting) “rice pie”.  Many of the best-known Torta di Riso recipes are rich desserts featuring ricotta, but this Northern Italian staple is a savory […]

Salads, Vegetables and Sides

Insalata Russa

The origin of Russian Salad is not clear.  The most common theory is that it was created by the French chef Lucien Olivier at the Hermitage Restaurant in Moscow where it was known as Salad Olivier.  However, Insalata Russa or Italian Russian salad was very popular in Italy.  In the […]

Miscellaneous

Homemade 1-Minute Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is one of those condiment items we typically grab at the store and don’t really think about making at home. But trust me, If you’ve never tried homemade mayonnaise, then you are in for a treat. Homemade mayo is ultra-creamy and so much more flavorful than anything you can […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Italian Spritz Cake

Prosecco Olive Oil Cake, layered with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote and Mascarpone Cream filling – OH MY!!  The Aperol Spritz is our favorite Italian cocktail and my inspiration for this heavenly taste of Italy.  It only takes one sip of this iconic cocktail to transport me to Italy. The Spritz is […]

Pasta-Risotto-Polenta, Sauces

Mushroom “Bolognese”

You won’t believe there isn’t any meat in this in this Mushroom “Bolognese”.  The mushrooms mimic the same rich, hearty texture and taste of the meat.  Roasting the mushrooms first concentrates their flavor.  Avoid the urge to salt your mushrooms before roasting. Mushrooms retain a lot of moisture, which salt […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Berry Simple Almond Cake

Berry Simple Almond Cake is a simple cake to make, but the flavors are anything but.  Spring has officially arrived, but local berries and fresh rhubarb are not yet available.  If like me, you can’t wait, grocery store raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries will bake up nicely in this cake. When […]