The party invites are rolling in; Graduations, Backyard Barbecues, Pool Parties, just to mention a few. After attending a few so far, I’m always inspired by the great foods and recipes used in summer favorites. It’s no secret, I love summer salads. Potato salad, coleslaw, and pasta salad are fantastic dishes set out for parties. ∞
I love the ease of cooking on the grill. The flavor of foods that are grilled is quite unique to summer. Even though I use an indoor grill, it just isn’t the same as barbecuing outdoors. Since it is Father’s Day, I decided to take charge of the barbecue. These grilled veggies are a perfect ∞
These mini cupcake papers were so unique that I bought a few to use in a recipe. They are actually made in Italy, and are sold as Mini Souffle Pirottini, or Muffin Cups. I bought a few packages while on vacation in Italy thinking I won’t be able to find them back in the states. ∞
These mini tomatoes are sold as ‘authentic San Marzano’ style, and they taste glorious! I found a small bag of them in the grocery store and wanted to give them a try. Even though they aren’t grown near the sea breezes of the Gulf of Naples, they are every bit as delicious. Sweet, pulpy, low ∞
There are still a few remaining plants from ancient civilizations that we are enjoying today. Farro, Italian for “ancient wheat grain” has origins in Mesopotamia and hasn’t changed a bit in thousands of years. It is a healthy alternative to refined grains and is packed with healthy nutrition, 5 benefits of Farro Quinoa is technically also ∞
I always knew the holidays were approaching when I saw a few telltale signs. First, an Advent wreath and decorations came out of hiding. Next, the canned Christmas Carols playing in every store. But the best indicator of Christmas Season drawing closer was the cookie bake-off! Recipes for all types of cookies and treats made ∞
It has been an incredible fig harvest from our 5 fig trees here in New Jersey. We have enjoyed tree-ripened figs all summer, and now that it’s autumn, the ones left on the trees are ready to be dried and stored for recipes throughout the winter. There are a few different ways to dry figs. ∞
No one can eat just one! These crispy, intricately designed cookies are individually 'baked' either on a stove, or an electric cookie iron. The design varies from waffle-like to crispy cookie. Some recipes call for whiskey, butter, light cream, even cocoa powder and many variations in between. I use the simplest of recipes resulting in… Continue reading Irresistable Pressed Cookies also known as krumkake, lukken, pizzelle and stroopwafel.
If you aren’t used to the sight of a sliced Blood Orange, you may be a little apprehensive. Growing up in the Northeast, it was uncommon to find Blood Oranges in the Produce Department. Back then, we drank all of our orange juice ‘orange’ and that was that. The first time I saw blood orange…… Continue reading Sicilian Blood Orange Frosting & Candied Blood Orange Slices
This sweet bulb is a staple in Italy and France. Also known as 'finocchio', the Italians cut it up and eat it plain, or place in salads, add in stews, or roast as a side dish. The subtle flavor of licorice makes this unique and pleasantly surprising vegetable a culinary feature in Mediterranean dishes.