Last Christmas (as in Christmas, 2013) we visited one of hubby’s aunts.  She was talking about how every week she made
her little boy (who is now a grown man) a ciambellone so he would not be eating the commercially made merendine.  A ciambellone is, in essence, a bundt cake.  A merendina is a packaged sweet snack (think:  Ding Dongs, Twinkies, Ho-Hos). Read More

If you are planning a trip to Italy, no doubt you will be stopping for a caffè.  In Italy a cafe is called a bar.  As an American, when I hear the word “bar,” I think of a place to order a whiskey, and while you can certainly have a drink, these bars are more geared towards coffee drinkers than those seeking a cocktail.  (Although there will always be those who prefer Prosecco for breakfast). Read More

Seeing how it is Friday and the perfect day for an aperitivo (happy hour), I think the recipe for an Aperol Spritz is a must. This is one of my favorite summer cocktails.  It is refreshing, fun and colorful. Read More

Yes, it is true, food DOES rule in Italy.  But one must also FOLLOW the food rules in Italy as well.  Here below are some of the standard rules to help you avoid getting into trouble with the locals on your next visit to Italy. Read More

One of my favorite summer dishes is Insalata Caprese (Caprese Salad).  As I have mentioned before, I am a total fan of quick and easy meals and dishes that are incredibly yummy and in this case beautiful to look at.   Read More

This is the period for asparagus!  They are everywhere – in supermarkets, in the street markets, and there are even entire festivals devoted to them! Read More

Ok…..well the truth is, this is not REALLY a recipe, but maybe more of a suggestion.  A spremuta is just fresh squeezed juice.  In this case, I have made it with oranges. Read More

After one runs (or jogs) a marathon, there is ALWAYS a pasta party! Read More

Super yummy and super easy.   You can do no wrong with this foccaccia – it comes out every time.  As you will note in the directions, it is a very sticky dough.  This is the only way it has ever worked for me.  The more classic dough in which you knead by hand never, ever comes out for me.  It always tastes like cardboard.

Give this focaccia a try, you can prepare it plain with no toppings and just a little salt, or with some of the other ideas I mention below.  Either way, your home will have a heavenly scent after baking this bread!  Enjoy! Read More

During the week when I am running around with the kids, working and trying to stay on top of my mountain of laundry, trying to get dinner on the table can be a challenge.  But here is a quick and easy sauce that anyone can make and is so much better for your family than jarred sauce – not to mention the superior taste.

Have a look and try it out….. Read More

During these last cold, gloomy days of winter, preparing  a colorful pick me up of Limoncello is just the ticket!  This recipe is from my godmother who not only was kind enough to share her recipe with me, but gave me a bottle of her Limoncello as a Christmas gift.   What a nice idea!  You might want to consider this as well.  Not only is making the Limoncello a pleasure, but dressing it up in a cute and festive bottle is also fun. Read More