Latest Recipes

Salads

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 […]

Meats

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 […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Lemon Polenta Cake

When you think of polenta, you might not think of cake!  But Italians love polenta, so it is not surprising that a baker in Varese, a town near the Italian-Swiss border, created Amor Polenta or Dolce Varese around 1930.  This Italian cake has a beautiful golden color and a texture […]

Salads

Thai Chopped Salad with Peanut Ginger Dressing

I’m ready for a salad revolution.  Spring is almost here, enough with spring mix, cherry tomatoes and red onions!  Salads should be colorful, exciting, and satisfying!  It’s time to spice up your salad game and say good-bye to boring salads!  If you enjoy the flavors of Thai Chicken Satay, you […]

Birds and Bunnies

Thai Marinated Chicken Thighs

A delicious zippy marinade, sweet, savory, spicy and full of flavor.  The marinade comes together quickly.  Grilling the chicken is the best way to get crispy on the outside, tender and juicy chicken perfect for adding to a salad, serving with rice, noodles, or stir-fried vegetables.