anise caps aka ‘white caps’

These cookies, also knowns as ‘white caps’ due to their white tops, were a family favorite made by my Italian great grandmother. I hope they bring the same joy to your family as they did to mine. Even if you … Continue reading

Thanksgiving HELP!

All of the information, techniques and recipes you need to prepare a successful, delicious meal! Please feel free to use these links as a resource in your holiday meal preparation, and enjoy the fruits of your labor with friends and … Continue reading

Chicken Normandy

It’s apple season and what better way to enjoy the best of fall with a delicious dinner where fresh apples are the star attraction.  This meal always reminds me of my visit to the beaches of Normandy France, which at … Continue reading

limoncello

Aha! I spied Meyer lemons in the market — that means it’s time to make limoncello! I first tasted limoncello in Sorrento, Italy, many years ago. Many years later, I was introduced to the creamy version. They are both decadent … Continue reading

Tweaking my gnocchi recipe

I’m quite proud that my new daughter-in-law prefers my potato gnocchi to anything she has found in the best Italian restaurants. My gnocchi is, by my own account, excellent, but last night it got even better! I have been thinking … Continue reading

the last of the nectarines

Well, the weather here has turned cool and damp — I have hopes that we will have a few more warm days yet, but I can still celebrate the end of summer with some gorgeous nectarines I found in the … Continue reading

pesto

I planted basil in early June, and have harvested it for so many things this summer — but now, it’s beginning to bolt, so it’s time to harvest it and put away a bit of summer, to enjoy when the … Continue reading

early summer vegetables anyone?

The evenings are still quite cool here in June, so a warm dinner is just what I need. Having just made a trip to the farmers market, I had loads of early summer vegetables on hand, so, I turned to … Continue reading

black truffle risotto

Time preparing risotto is time well spent. Chopping, stirring, enjoying the aroma from the bubbly pan, these are therapeutic actions, and the resulting risottos mouthwateringly good! Black truffle is VERY rich, soul-soothing, most aromatic, and extremely satisfying. I have paired … Continue reading

ramen noodle bowls

Yes it’s true, a lot of folks lived on ramen to get through college — and you may not ever want to see it again! But, if you upscale it a bit, add some crunch, some healthy stuff, it can … Continue reading