Italian

Florentine grilled steak

The simplicity of this recipe makes it ideal for any meal.  The addition of a rub of fresh garlic after grilling adds such depth of...

Aperol Spritz

An Italian aperativo that is not too sweet and not too sour with a wonderful flavor that hints of orange.  I love to serve an Aperol spritz before lunch or...

Pasta Amatriciana

If you have ever been to Rome, Italy, you surely have seen Amatriciana pasta on the menu.  It is a staple in Roman cuisine but...

Apricot Italian Cornetti (brioche)

The Italian cornetto is a cross over between a French croissant and brioche.  It contains less butter than its French counterpart, making it slightly more dense, and definitely less rich....

salmon with fresh pesto

Fresh pesto can be delicious on a variety of different fishes but works especially well with a luscious piece of salmon fillet.  The spicy, bright...

Lemon risotto with a dab of pesto

Incredibly delicate with the perfume of lemons.  A beautifully balanced dish that brings forth the essence of each ingredient work in harmony.  This recipe is delicious and creates a dish...

swordfish with tomatoes & olives

Fish.  Many people are afraid of cooking any type of fish because there is a tendency to overcook it.  To this I say do not be afraid! The key is...

Easy Cacio & Pepe Pasta

I have been making this pasta forever and am never disappointed.  With just a few ingredients – pasta, cheese, butter, olive oil, salt and ground...

simply delicious mini frittatas

Super easy and perfect for a crowd or less during brunch, breakfast or lunch, and so much lighter than quiche. Mini or cupcake size, the frittatas can be partially prepared...

It’s pesto

Fresh basil has such a strong, wonderful fragrance.  It fills a room with its aroma and just begs to be put into some amazing dish....

tiramisu di Alessandra

My very good friend Alessandra is from Padua, Italy and a fantastic cook.  Actually, both she and her husband, Luigi, are incredible hosts.  An invitation to dinner from them is...

An easy Lasagne

Why is this lasagne easier?  Because Bechamel sauce is eliminated and only a meat sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese is layered.  I prefer no Bechamel...

a perfect pasta Bolognese

There are hundreds of different Bolognese sauces but this one is my favorite.  The use of two different type meats, using pork or veal along with the beef, makes the...

fresh and easy tomato sauce

This sauce is quite simple and is made with fresh cherry or baby tomatoes.  I like to mini San Marzano Plum tomatoes but buy what is the freshest or easiest. ...

roasted kale with chickpeas

Roasting kale, as in this recipe, makes a wonderful side dish, complement to fish or meat and even a tasty snack.  You can complete all...