Seasonal Recipes

To Your Health: Salute Rucola!

I stopped by the local farmer’s market this weekend and found myself in front of a beautiful basket of freshly picked arugula. Memories of a...

Pasta con le sarde

A traditional Sicilian pasta recipe which I absolutely adore is pasta con le sarde - pasta with sardines. If you have a keen eye though, you’ll...

Italy’s summer favorite: spaghetti con le vongole

With the arrival of summer in Italy, it’s definitely time to think about the pasta recipes that are celebrated during this holiday season. My all...

A stranger among us: bergamot

Calabria, more specifically the area of Rada dei Giunchi, holds the world record for the production of bergamot . Here, a temperate- tropical and...

Kick your canned tuna up a notch: pasta with roasted cauliflower and tuna

Italians are one of the largest consumers of canned tuna in the world and for good reason. Italian oil-packed tuna (tonno) is a flavor packed treat...

Hot! Hotter! Soft ‘nduja, the soft Calabria salami

Between green mountains and crystal clear sea, the region of Calabria offers a plethora of unique delicacies, including ‘nduja, a curious spreadable...

Beer, the world’s bubbliest blonde, is more than 5000 years old

The history of beer is ancient and its invention may well be considered fortuitous, if we take into account that basically every type of sugar-...

Eat your piselli (and other Spring veggies too)!

There is finally a hint of spring in the air on the East Coast after a very chilly, snowy March. The air is still unseasonably cool but you can feel...

Asparagus season is just around the corner!

So you may read this and, like my husband, wonder what would possess someone to roam ditches and pastures for asparagus when you can find locally...

Struffoli and a little trip down memory lane

Have you ever heard of “struffoli?” They are deep fried morsels of dough that expand as they cook. Have you ever tasted “struffoli?” After they are...

Cooking with vino rosso

Red wine has always been a staple in our house. Growing up, there was the omnipresent Chianti bottle which held wine that was less than stellar but...

Passover in Italy: a beautiful blending of cultures

Jewish populations have called Italy home since Judas Maccabee sent a contingent to Rome in 161 B.C. Although their history is wrought with strife,...

Marron Glacé: an all Italian delicacy

Wild chestnuts have been known to Man since the times of ancient Greece . Xenophon , Virgil, Apicius and Galen all exalted their nutritional...

Easter Cookies - Campanari di Pasqua

Easter is around the corner and there are plenty of Italian traditions that go with it. I would say that for Italians, Easter is the second most...

Strange foods from home: Il Biroldo

Its simple name evokes history, ancient history .... and we’re not mistaken thinking that . Biroldo is a Slow Food protected cold cut , a product of...