michele becci

The recipe for pesto are so versatile. Do not be afraid to make your own

End of Summer Pesto Recipes to Help Stock the Freeze

A s summer takes its final bow, I find that I am left with armloads of parsley and basil still overtaking the garden beds. Not wanting these...
Timballini di melanzane

Late Summer Harvest: Timballini di Melanzane

As the heat of summer gives way to the cooler chill of fall, my garden harvest begins to slow. The last of the tomatoes remain on the vine waiting...
Pasta with Pesto Pantesco

Island Inspiration: Simple Summer Recipes from Pantelleria

As summer’s heat bears down on folks from Italy to America, time is best spent under a striped beach umbrella at la spiaggia or under a shaded...
Grilled peach, prosciutto and mozzarella salad

Italian-inspired Recipes for Your Juicy Summer Peaches

Bring on summer in all its beautiful glory! Life always feels so much more colorful during the summer months – sort of like the iconic scene in the...
Sicilian clams with fennel broth

Summer’s Simplicity: Sicilian Clams with Fennel Broth

The heat of mid-summer calls for ease and simplicity in the kitchen. My summer repertoire evolves into one that allows the flavors of the simple...
Basil Strawberry Spritz

Basil-infused Cocktails to Kick Off Summer

Summer, sweet summer is finally upon us. My garden has begun to take its shape as the temperatures soar and nature begins to work her magic. My basil...
Tagliatelle alla Bolognese

Back to Basics: Battuto and Bolognese

Growing up, I remember sitting at the kitchen table on a weekend morning watching as my mother chopped mounds of onion, celery and carrots to begin...
Spinach sformatini

Springtime Spinach Sformatini with a Heart of Mozzarella

It was in a little restaurant in the hills of Tuscany where I tasted my first sformato, a light and savory Italian custard or flan. The word...
Scarola ripiena

For the Love of Escarole, a Forgotten Green

If you are like me, the frenzy over kale has left me ignoring other delicious greens that I used to cook with on a more frequent basis. Beautiful,...
Vanilla Panna Cotta with Pomegranate Sauce

Italian-Inspired Recipes to Charm Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you are like me, your preference is a quiet candlelit dinner at home, preferably near a toasty...

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