Seasonal Recipes

Pasta e Piselli with Cooking with Nonna

Rossella and her Nonna teach us to make a wonderful pasta with peas - perfect for spring!
Blood orange and almond mascarpone crostata

A blood orange crostata to brighten your table

My grandfather always ended our big family meals by slowly rising from the table and carrying a large bowl of fruit from the sideboard to the table...
Carciofi alla Romana, Roman style boiled artichokes. Photo by asimojet

Quintessential roman cuisine: Carciofi alla Romana

It’s the beginning of artichokes season in Italy. This time of the year is when they are tender and not too big, in fact so tender that they can be...
Fennel, pancetta and prosciutto give the lean rabbit "in porchetta" lots of extra flavor

A modern Coniglio in Porchetta

The first and only time I served a whole, intact rabbit was several years ago for Easter dinner (insert humorous comment about serving a bunny on...
Crespelle with raisins, depending on the recipe's region of origin within Italy, you will find variations of these in different shapes, sizes, and even flavors. Photos copyright Nonna’s Way

Crespelle with Raisins - Deep fried Goodness!

You will love these for dessert or just a snack…pillowy soft dough with raisins, deep fried until golden beautiful then rolled in sugar while still...

Cooking with Nonna: Chiacchiere alla Barese

It's almost Carnevale, and Carnevale, in Italy, means chiacchiere! Learn how to make these delciious treats with Nonna!
Escarole soup with sizzling olive oil croutons, parmigiano-reggiano DOP shavings. | Photo copyright Nathan Hoyt 2017

What To Do With Escarole? Make Soup!

Escarole has always been a mystery to me. Not that we didn’t eat it when I was growing up, but as far as I could tell, no one else ever did in the...
Lentil soup with Castelluccio lentils. Photo credit: alisafarov

In Search of Castelluccio Lentils

While in Umbria on vacation a few years ago, we went in search of fabled Castelluccio lentils. We had seen these lentils for sale when we were...
Ribollita is a traditional Tuscan dish

Ribollita – Tuscany's Famous Bean Soup

I'll never forgot the first time I had Ribollita . It was in the speck of a hill top town called Montebenichi, Tuscany at Osteria L'Orciaia. The...
The brazadèla is  eaten usually for breakfast with milk or, after dinner, with a good glass of red wine

A Slice of the Past: An Italian American Cook-in Brings Childhood Memories to Life

Everyone has favorite childhood memories, and one of mine is of the lovingly prepared food whose aromas filled the air of my old neighborhood in the...
Pork sausages atop braised lentils. | Copyright Nathan Hoyt/Forktales 2016 

For New Year’s: Lentils For Luck and Pork For Plenty, Infused With Holy Oil

Lentils and pork sausages, the first to represent coins, the second for abundance, served up together, has long been considered an auspicious dish...
Panettone, a cake living between history and legend which has lovers and detractors, but never fails to appear on Italian tables during this time of the year

The – buttery and delicious – history of panettone, Italy’s own Christmas cake

A Christmas without panettone is barely a Christmas in Italy: loathed or loved, the Milanese born sweet loaf is something everyone has in the kitchen...
The Italian Christmas Eve dinner of seven fishes is a most interesting link to Dies Natalis Sol Invictus, the birthday of the sun

The Italian Roots of a Merry Christmas

Decking the halls with boughs of holly, wreaths, lights, the Yule log, gifts, feasts, peace on earth, good will towards men, the Nativity Scene (...
Sicilian sweet with dried figs and pastry on the Christmas table— Photo by al1962

Italian Christmas Delicacy: Buccellato from Sicily

This typical delicacy from Sicily is called in the local dialect Cuccidati. It is a fig-stuffed cookie traditionally served during Christmas holidays...
Mostaccioli: the Calabrese Gingerbread

Mostaccioli: The Calabrese Christmas Gingerbread

Here in our home, one of our Christmas traditions is making gingerbread cookies and one gingerbread house each year. I often wondered if there is...

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