Latest Recipes

Breads and Pizza

Overnight Focaccia, Genovese Style

Did I really need another focaccia recipe?  Probably not, but by now you know, I never believe a recipe is ever really “finished”.  I love tinkering with my recipes.  It’s not always because I think they need improvement, but because I enjoy experimenting.  This recipe is a combination of the […]

Cookies and Bars

Cream Cheese Brownies with Shortbread Crust

Nothing beats a classic, fudgy chocolate brownie except these Cream Cheese Brownies with Shortbread Crust.  There are few better combinations than rich bittersweet chocolate and creamy, luscious cheesecake. They’re both absolutely delicious on their own, but together they are heavenly.  And if that isn’t enough, add a buttery, shortbread crust […]

Soups, Stews and Legumes

Cannellini Bean and Fennel Soup

Cannellini Bean and Fennel Soup has a thick, rich-flavored broth that comes mostly from the cooking liquid of the beans. But what really makes the soup sing is the fennel flavor — silky sweet from the bulbs, aromatic and herbaceous from the chopped fronds.  I love the flavor of fennel!  […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars

This dessert has it all! Buttery melt in your mouth shortbread crust is just the beginning.  Next, a layer of tart and spicey apple filling is spread over the crust.  Top this with a rich and creamy cheesecake swirled with caramel for a perfect combination of flavors – an explosion […]

Soups, Stews and Legumes

Mediterranean Red Lentil Soup

If you think lentils are boring and bland, this recipe for Mediterranean Red Lentil Soup will surprise your taste buds.  The best part, it comes together quickly – 20 minutes of prep and 20 minutes cooking time is all you need to serve a warm and comforting bowl of super […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Tiramisù Cheesecake

The inspiration for this Tiramisù Cheesecake was born out of necessity.  We are all suffering supply shortages.  After promising dinner guests Tiramisù for dessert, I was unable to find soft lady fingers (I prefer soft, sponge cake lady fingers to the dry, cookie-like Savoiardi).  I didn’t think it would be […]

Birds and Bunnies

Sicilian Braised Chicken with Salami and Olives

For me, there is no denying the delicious flavors and pleasure of fall cooking as summer dishes make way for hearty stews and braises.  Sicilian Braised Chicken with Salami & Olives tickles your taste buds in exactly the right places without being fussy and labor intensive.  The sauce has a […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Torta Tutta Mele

Bolzano (Bozen) is located in the Italian province of Trentino-Alto Adige in the farthest northeastern region of Italy, bordering Switzerland and Austria. Torta Tutta Mele (All Apple Cake) from Bolzano is a good example of the gastronomy of this cultural melting pot and a classic northern Italian peasant dessert.  Torta means […]


Tomato Butter Sauce

I have heard fellow foodies rave about the genius of this recipe for years. Google Marcella Hazen’s Tomato Sauce and you’ll see what I mean.  It just sounded so simple, I found it hard to believe it could be as delicious as everyone was saying!  On the other hand, it […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Apple Spice Cake

After an unusually hot summer, fall is approaching and so is cooler weather, beckoning me to the kitchen.  I can’t wait to be done with gardening and yard duty and get back to what I truly love to do, BAKE.  September is all about apples.  There are so many varieties […]