anna romano & angela desalvo

Spiedini, speducci and arrosticini!

Spiedini, speducci and arrosticini: let’s talk about the difference… Or not! Let’s face it, they all lead to the same thing - little morsels of meat...

Melanzane ripiene, stuffed eggplants

No other topic, not even religion or politics, provokes such enthusiastic discussion in my mother’s family like melanzane ripiene, or stuffed...

Pasta alla Parmigiana

As the end of summer approaches in North America, we see an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables everywhere. Of course we have the usual suspects...

Tomatoes, not just for sauce!

We are told that dehydrating in the old days was a very common method of preservation, especially in the hotter zones of Italy. I can remember on...

Pasta e fagioli the traditional pasta and beans Italian soup

Pasta e fagioli, or pasta and beans, is a classic dish found in most Italian households. Like many of the dishes that are now popular around the...

Basil, Green Goddess of Summer!

It’s that time of year. From the moment you bring the first zucchini into the house, up until October, it’s non-stop freezing, blanching, drying,...

Pasta Vaianera, Spaghetti with Zucchini, Green Beans, and Potatoes

Growing up in my Italian household, there was pasta on the table at least 6 days a week! You would think that one would get sick and tired of pasta,...
This simple and quick fish recipe is a classic in southern Italy and Sicily

Grilled Sardines with Hot Pepper Dressing

Grilled sardines with a hot pepper dressing make for a great appetizer or a light dinner. Every time I make this recipe, I reminisce about a trip to...
Schiacciata with meat and vegetables. Photo: Nonna’s Way

Schiacciata (ski-yah-cha-ta)

Meaning ‘squashed’ or ‘flattened’ in Italian, schiacciata is also a name given to an Italian pizza/bread that has a myriad of variations throughout...

Pesky Weed or Food Treasure? Cicoria-Dandelion Greens!

When we were kids, early spring presented us with an additional family activity. After dinner was done and the kitchen was clean, my mother would...

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