A few weeks ago, we had a big birthday celebration for my son with lots of his friends.   So how exactly do you keep a bunch of 10-year-old Italian boys happy at a birthday party?  With pizzette of course!  These mini pizzas will make just about anyone happy – – adults included.   Read More

 

My dear friend Alida over at My Little Italian Kitchen recently interviewed me for her blog.    She is an Italian living in England and wanted my perspective of an American living in Italy.  She asked me about some of the challenges I encountered when I first moved to Italy.   Read More

 

Recipe – Homemade Nutella – I came across a recipe in an Italian cooking magazine for homemade Nutella.  I was so excited about making the candy bar in a jar on my own! Read More

Here is a photo of hubby’s uncle taken with Sophia Loren a few weeks ago.  LOOK AT THIS WOMAN!  She is 81!  This is just a snapshot, no photoshop or retouching – just a regular pic.  She is amazing and an inspiration. Read More

Polpette di Carne are just meatballs.  AGAIN the Italians can make something so crude sounding in English sound so fab in their language.  Anyway, these polpette are often served with a tomato sauce, but in my house, they are fried up and served as is, usually with a side salad – after the pasta of course.  Speaking of which, Italians do not eat spaghetti with meatballs.  They don’t mix the two.  More on this subject can be found  in this excellent article from the Smithsonian www.smithsonianmag.com.  Make sure to scroll down to the end of the page to have a look at one of the sweetest scenes from the Disney movie, “Lady and the Tramp.”

INGREDIENTS

24 ounces ground beef

6 ounces Italian sausage (casing removed)

2 cloves garlic minced

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

3/4 cup Pecorino or Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 egg yolk

salt

pepper

oil for frying

METHOD

1.  In a large bowl, mix ground beef and sausage.

2.  Add garlic, parsley,  breadcrumbs and cheese.  Mix by hand until all ingredients are incorporated.

3.  Add cream, egg, salt and pepper working again by hand and making sure all ingredients are mixed.

4.  Form meatballs into the shape of a  somewhat flattened tennis ball.

5.  In a large skillet, heat cooking oil on medium-high heat.  Add the meatballs, working in batches if necessary, cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Lower heat to medium and cook until golden, about another 5-8 minutes.

Piedmont is known for its wine and food.  It is after all where wines such as Barbera, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto are produced and also where the slow food movement began.  Read More

 

Fall is here – and I admit (to every Italian’s horror) that it is my favorite time of year.  Maybe it has something to do with growing up in Texas where boiling hot summers lasts for at LEAST five months. Read More

This morning my kid woke up with a horrific cough.  We decided to give him some cough syrup.  Here were the options: Read More

So when I post recipes, I always include a photo of the finished product.  Usually something like this photo above.  And sometimes I even include pics of how to prepare the recipe with a set of photos similar to the group below.  But the reality? Just take a look at the next three photos. Read More

Here is an “Italy, so hello to America” recipe.  A true crostata is NOT made with pie crust.  The crust is almost the same, but there will be eggs added to the mix and sometimes even vanilla.  I love, love, love pie crust, so I make mine with pie crust. Read More

Now that Summer is over and we are in full fall mode, what better way to get over the summertime blues than hitting up a sagra (festival) in Italy?   Read More

Language lunedi’ – La Famiglia

It has been ages since I put up a language post.  But having just returned from visiting my family, I thought what could be more appropriate than a little lesson related to center of Italian life:  la famiglia? Read More