Seasonal Recipes

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...

Spiedini, speducci and arrosticini!

Spiedini, speducci and arrosticini: let’s talk about the difference… Or not! Let’s face it, they all lead to the same thing - little morsels of meat...

Playing with grapes: do try this at home

With the season drawing to a close, the bounty of summer is starting to taper off. I still love the juicy goodness of my fresh tomatoes and the...

Melanzane ripiene, stuffed eggplants

No other topic, not even religion or politics, provokes such enthusiastic discussion in my mother’s family like melanzane ripiene, or stuffed...

Massaged kale “Caprese-ish” salad

Kale. The “super food”. It’s everywhere: kale salads, kale chips, kale and rice bowls, kale extracts, kale and spinach green tea hyaluronic acid age...

Surviving the heat with Italy’s summer treats

Ah, the good ol’ summer time! Breezy lazy days of child-like freedom fill the weeks as attire lightens along with our moods; backyard bar-b-ques,...

Tomatoes, not just for sauce!

We are told that dehydrating in the old days was a very common method of preservation, especially in the hotter zones of Italy. I can remember on...

Refreshing Lemony Pasta to Beat the Summer Heat

The heat of high summer calls for lots of time poolside and as little time as possible in the kitchen. We want meals that are simple, require little...

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...

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...

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