Broccoli Rabe ‘Contorno’

I've traveled Italy from Venice to Sicily and everywhere in between, and I have taken notice of a few cultural differences that set us apart. The most prevalent is the enjoyment of their meals. The Italians don't prepare foods and keep them warm under lights. It is made and served fresh or looked upon as… Continue reading Broccoli Rabe ‘Contorno’

Favorite Chocolate Almond Cake

My best friend and I had a conversation about favorite foods and what order they would go on a list of 1-10, # 1 being the favorite. Well, as it turns out, chocolate was #1 for both of us! That was my tricky and covert way to figure out what flavor to make her birthday cake,… Continue reading Favorite Chocolate Almond Cake

Simple Poached Pears

On a recent visit to one of the best Farm Markets in New Jersey known as Delicious Orchards I felt like a kid in a candy store. It was so busy this time of year, that parking attendants had to help direct traffic! It took a while, but after finally finding a parking spot, it was… Continue reading Simple Poached Pears

Pumpkin Panettone Muffins with Toasted Walnuts

The season of Autumn is in full swing in every town you live. Here in the Northeast, it is extremely prevelant because we are blessed with the annual burst of color from our fall foliage (though raking the piles and piles of leaves is no blessing!)  Everywhere you look, the American necessity of Pumpkin flavored foods has… Continue reading Pumpkin Panettone Muffins with Toasted Walnuts

Farfalle al Sugo con Piselli

The Farfalle pasta is commonly known as 'Bow Tie' pasta. To be more precise, the name is derived from the Italian word farfalle or Butterflies. Either way, this pasta is fun to cook with, and retains its 'al dente' consistency nicely. So, why would 'to the tooth' (al dente) be an appropriate description for firmly cooked pasta?… Continue reading Farfalle al Sugo con Piselli

Blueberry Walnut Crumble Tart

Autumn is here and in no time, the cool weather will make baking fun again. I wrote my own dairy-free recipe for Apple Crumble Tart that I used over and over, but never tried making it with any other fruit. When someone gave me 2 pints of Jersey Fresh Blueberries, I welcomed the chance to… Continue reading Blueberry Walnut Crumble Tart

Mini Pizzelle Delight

The Pizzelle is a pressed cookie that can be used in a variety of recipes. I have used them in a cannoli recipe, and I won an award for my designer Pizzelle Strawberry Shortcakes. This recipe uses my award-winning 5 ingredient dairy-free pizzelle recipe paired with my own homemade VeVa (vegan-vanilla bean)  coconut milk ice cream. I… Continue reading Mini Pizzelle Delight