Latest Recipes

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 […]


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 […]

Cookies and Bars

Soft Molasses Cookies with Candied Ginger

These Soft Molasses Cookies with Candied Ginger are truly the BEST – chewy soft centers, slightly crisp edges, sugary tops, and a rich spiced flavor.  The addition of candied or crystalized ginger adds a textural surprise and an extra pop of gingery flavor.  There is just the right amount of […]

Soups, Stews and Legumes

Celery Root and Fennel Soup

Contrary to popular belief, celery root is not the root of the celery stalks we see in stores.  It is closely related botanically but is bred specifically for the root instead of the stalks.  It has a distinctive taste of celery and parsley with earthy notes and the texture of […]


French Silk Tart

French Silk Tart is not a French dessert.  The name comes from its silky texture, reminiscent of French silk.  The decadent chocolate, mousse-like filling melts in your mouth.  The Chocolate Shortbread Tart Crust adds crunch, more richness, and pairs beautifully with the creamy filling.  The crust is a simple recipe […]


Chocolate Shortbread Tart Crust

A simple chocolate shortbread tart crust that is sure to become one of your favorites.  No rolling or chilling needed – no need for the mixer or food processor.  Just stir ingredients together, press in the pan, and bake.