michele becci

Ramp and ricotta tarts

The Wild Scent of Spring: The Elusive Ramp

People tend to go a bit crazy over the elusive garlicky ramps that appear for the briefest of periods during Spring. Ramps are basically a wild onion...
Spring Roasted Vegetables with Poached Eggs

Primi Sapori di Primavera: The First Taste of Spring

Mother Nature has finally shed her winter coat in favor of the glorious, vibrant Spring. For many of us across the US, what a long, cold winter it...
Spring Roasted Vegetables with Poached Eggs

Primi Sapori di Primavera: The First Taste of Spring

Mother Nature has finally shed her winter coat in favor of the glorious, vibrant Spring. For many of us across the US, what a long, cold winter it...
Vignarola, Celebration of Spring Vegetables, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Vignarola stew: A Celebration of Spring Vegetables

Artichokes. Fava beans. Asparagus. Peas. Ramps. Spring’s glorious bounty is finally here after a long winter of turnips, potatoes, rutabagas and...
Pasta with Shrimp and Toasted Almonds and Breadcrumbs

The Magical Little Island of Pantelleria: Pasta with Shrimp, Toasted Almonds and Breadcrumbs

A few years back, I was on a mission to visit as many of the islands of Italy as I could. I still have quite a few to go but managed to visit...
Sicilian Sweet Ricotta Pie, Italian food, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Sicilian Sweet Ricotta Pie

Forget fluffy marshmallow chicks or chocolate Easter eggs. For me, Easter is not complete without a slice (or two) of ricotta pie. Growing up, I...
Winter Palate, Blood Oranges, Sangria, Italian food, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Add Some Pizazz to your Winter Palate with Blood Oranges!

Feeling the winter blues? Ready to put some pizazz back in your palate? Brightly hued blood oranges will certainly do the trick. Aah, the winter...
Vinegar Braised Chicken, Onions and Garlic, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Braise, Baby, Braise: Vinegar Braised Chicken with Onions and Garlic

When a chill fills the air, few meals up the comfort factor more than a succulent, warming braise…that fork-tender cut of meat bathing in some sort...
Roasted Acorn Squash, Farro, Kale, Apples, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Roasted Acorn Squash with Farro, Kale and Apples

As the new year dawns, my body, as if on queue, begins to crave lighter, healthier foods after all the (wonderful) excesses of the holiday season...
Soups for Fall, Minestra maritata, Italian wedding soup, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Soul Satisfying Soups for Fall

The simplest of meals can feed the soul. With the Thanksgiving holiday (and all its excesses) behind us, it is the simple soups of fall that I crave...