La Buona Tavola

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...

Savor Summer All Year Long ... Homemade "Canned" Tomatoes

You know that old Star Trek episode where Captain Kirk is buried up his neck in Tribbles? That’s what I feel like right now, because my tomato plants...

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,...

High Summer Zucchini Recipes - Italian Style

By this point in summer, most of us are starting to tire of the armloads of zucchini being hauled in from the garden. This abundant summer veggie has...

The Nefarious Truffle/Tartufo: Why You Love Them…or Despise Them

True confession: up until about 6 years ago I gleefully lived my life believing a truffle was a delectable orb of chocolaty goodness surrounding a...

Summer Clam Guazzetto

During my boyhood in New Jersey, summer meant trips to the Jersey shore, and the Jersey shore meant clams! From then till now, to me summer means...

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,...
Pesto with arugula

Pesto with Arugula, healthy recipe

This pesto is unique due to the arugula, which gives it a peppery bite balanced with the sweetness of almonds and a touch of tasty cheese. Use as a...
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...

Basil and lemon infused panna cotta with strawberry sauce

Here in California the seasons are subtle; in most of Italy—though it shares with California a “Mediterranean” climate—the seasons are a bit more...

Grilling Italian Style: Spiedini alla Siciliana

As spring turns to summer and the days grow longer, life starts to move outdoors to take advantage of the glorious summer season. We here in America...

Spring Vegetable Risotto

I tend to get emotional in spring, especially at the farmer’s market. The colors at the market turn from the winter beiges to the vibrant glorious...
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...
Warm Farro, Fava Bean and Pancetta Salad

Warm Farro, Fava Bean and Pancetta Salad

Spring is in full swing. Last spring, when we were in Marche, Italy, fava beans were coming into the local farm stands right about this time of year...

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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