Latest Recipes


Beef Enchilada Casserole

Beef Enchilada Casserole takes all of the flavors found in classic enchiladas and simplifies the process by layering the ingredients in a casserole dish rather than rolling them.  I actually like this better, not only because there’s no rolling, but because the sauce gets into every nook and cranny and […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Wicked Chocolate Cake

This cake is dense and rich, moist, and double chocolatey with a hint of coffee and a unique melt-in-your-mouth texture. It is the improved Wicked Chocolate Cake recipe that was served at D’Amico’s Café for many years.  And my family taste-testers agree that it is even better than the original.  […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars

I’m all for easy yet delicious desserts.  Beautiful, tasty desserts don’t need to be complicated and this recipe for Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars is a perfect example.  If you love cheesecake but don’t want to get out the springform pan and set up a water bath, you can still enjoy […]


Spinach Salad Lyonnaise

We all remember the original Spinach Salad, often topped with sliced raw mushrooms, bacon and hard-boiled egg.  Sometimes it was garnished with shredded Swiss cheese and croutons as well.  The dressings varied.  It might be a Dijon vinaigrette, warm bacon dressing or poppyseed dressing.  As people tired of this, spinach […]

Breads and Pizza

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

With all of the focus on artisan breads, Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread might sound boring.  But there is nothing boring about this soft, pillowy, golden brown, yummy bread! My goal is to give you a recipe for a wholesome, nutritious, great tasting sandwich bread that (I promise) everyone can bake, […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Fun fact: rhubarb is a vegetable!  If you’ve never baked with rhubarb before, expect to be wowed.  Who would have thought a vegetable could taste this yummy!  You know Spring is here when rhubarb shows up at the store or farmer’s markets!  The season is from April to June.  And […]

Soups, Stews and Legumes

Acquacotta (Traditional Tuscan Soup)

Acquacotta is the perfect in-between-season soup when it’s still cold outside but you are thinking about spring.  The literal translation of the name of this traditional Tuscan soup is “cooked water”, which doesn’t sound very appealing, but truly is rich, savory, and satisfying.  This is a rustic peasant dish and […]


Panko Parmesan Crusted Rack of Lamb

Rack of Lamb is so elegant and surprisingly effortless to prepare.  Cooked properly, it is tender, full of flavor, and a showstopper on your dining table.  The average American, however, eats less than one pound of lamb per year.  It is true, it is pricey, tricky to cook, and some […]

Breads and Pizza

Colomba di Pasqua

Colomba di Pasqua (Easter dove) is a traditional Italian Easter yeast bread.  In Italy, Colomba is to Easter what Panettone is to Christmas and they are similar.  Colomba is rich with butter and eggs and often filled with raisins and candied orange peel.  I prefer it with just some grated […]