Latest Recipes

Soups, Stews and Legumes

Chicken Posole Soup (Red or Green)

In Mexico, there are various types of posole (or pozole, the difference is mostly regional) – red, green, white, chicken, beef, pork.  This recipe is not the traditional Pozole Rojo that is simmered for hours and is more of a stew using pork, dried chilies, and hominy.  This quick and […]

Cookies and Bars

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Cheesecake Bars are an irresistible combination of bright, fresh, tangy sweetness and smooth, rich creamy decadence.  The tartness is balanced by the richness of the cheesecake and buttery shortbread crust.  And if that isn’t enough, a from-scratch lemon curd, deliciously rich and smooth with intense lemon flavor tops it […]

Soups, Stews and Legumes

Beef-iest Barley Soup

This Beef-iest Barley Soup recipe is rich, hearty, satisfying comfort food with huge flavor and minimal effort!  The rich beefy flavor comes from searing the beef first then using the fat from the meat to cook the soffritto.  The Italian version of mirepoix, soffritto starts with the same foundation of […]


Italy, Fall 2022

There are many reasons to visit Italy.  A melting pot of culture, art, and history, Italy is an engrossing country you’ll fall in love with time and time again. From internationally acclaimed galleries and centuries-old ruins to multi-colored villages, golden sandy beaches, and mountains for skiing and hiking, Italy has […]

Other Desserts

Pumpkin Tiramisù

This easy, luxurious Pumpkin Tiramisù is a seasonal take on an Italian classic and features my favorite Fall flavors.  With layers of fluffy mascarpone pumpkin mousse, espresso and marsala-soaked ladyfingers, and plenty of warm spices, it is a pumpkin lover’s dream.   You won’t believe how easy it is to make!  […]

Cookies and Bars


Snickerdoodles are nostalgic cookies that evoke strong feelings in cookie lovers.  Everyone has their own idea about what makes a perfect Snickerdoodle.  Honestly, I find Snickerdoodles kind of boring.  I always want more – more flavor, more moistness, more YUM.  But these snickerdoodle-meets-pumpkin cookies are anything but boring!  Adding a […]


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 […]


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 […]