Latest Recipes

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. 

Other Desserts

Meyer Lemon Semifreddo

I’ve always thought of semifreddo as a mysterious dessert and one that I did not need in my repertoire.  It’s just a fancy word for ice-cream, right?  And I don’t love ice-cream.  But after I tasted Chef Stuart Lane’s Meyer Lemon Semifreddo (Spinasse Ristorante) I knew semifreddo was a dessert […]

Pasta-Risotto-Polenta

Pasta with Braised Pork Ragù

Neapolitan Ragù is a slowly simmered Italian meat and tomato sauce, made with large chunks of meat rather than ground meat.  The meat is usually pork but can be beef, sausage, or a combination.  The sauce from cooking the meat is usually served over pasta and the meat is served […]

Information

Salt

What Is the Difference Between Kosher, Sea, and Table Salt?  How do you know which one to use? With so many different types of salt available today, it can be confusing.  How do you know which one is best?  Most home cooks are okay with using just one kind of […]