Seasonal Recipes

Polenta with tomato sauce, beans and sausage

When I think of comfort food Italian style, I think of polenta and this is the perfect time of the year for it. Not only because of the cold...

Montalcino: the land of honey

Montalcino may be best known for its splendid Brunello but buzzing across its rolling hills are amazing honeybees silently working their magic...

Ligurian pride: focaccia!

Flour , water, salt and yeast , yet it’s not bread... The focaccia Genovese is a unique delicacy The word comes from the Latin “focus,” that is ,...

Celebrating Carnevale with frappe

Carnevale in all of Italy is like Mardi Gras to New Orleans. What you may not know is that both of these hugely popular festivals represent a last...

The Tradition of Baccalà

Salted cod, known as ‘baccalà’ in Italian, is a fish that has enjoyed extreme popularity in much of the Mediterranean. You would think such a staple...

Uova del diavolo: eggs with tomatoes and onions

“Alla gloria di Dio, ci’a racommando a papà mio” is what my mom says every time she makes this dish – an Italian tradition of sending a salute to a...

Potato pizza and rosemary

I don’t think there is another food in the world that has reached the popularity or stretched the imagination as much as pizza. Let’s not get into...

Brighten your Winter day: roasted cauliflower and kale soup

Cauliflower is having a moment, a big moment. Soon after the low-carb diet lovers discovered you could use spiralized zucchini as a stand-in for...

Espresso and nutella biscotti

Try to imagine a time without freezers, fridges, or canned food and we can begin to understand how cooking methods became not only popular but...

Nduja Style salami

Nduja, pronounced “an-du-ra” or “an-du-ya” depending where you are in Italy, originates from a Calabrian village called Spilinga, the original home...

Fall in love with farro

When I first started making farro, I would have to make a special trip to our not-so-local Italian market to purchase it. It was a labor of love...

Pasta con la broccola, pasta with cauliflower

A while back, we were invited to Windsor, Ontario, to meet Nonna Gina and her family who were gracious enough to share a couple of family favourite...

Brodo - Homemade Chicken Broth

The first few days of chilly weather are a gentle nudge to put a pot of homemade brodo on the stove! I love when my family comes home and...

Chestnut flour: Tuscany simple treasure 

I am just back from a trip to my little home in Montalcino, in Tuscany where the long, hot summer has come to a close. There was finally a chill in...

Lentil Soup- good for the body, mind, and soul

Lentils, (Lens culinaris), part of the pulse family, are one of the first domesticated crops in human history and have fed populations for thousands...

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