Italian Potato Focaccia Bread

Fresh Potato Focaccia Bread

Focaccia bread is a standard in the homes of Italian’s living in the Pulgia area of Italy. Here in the heel of the boot of Italy, Focaccia bread is made fresh every few days and used as a snack, with meal or sliced and stuffed to make delicious sandwiches. This version uses lots of olive … Read more

Exploring Parma – A Culinary Road Trip

Parma City of Gastronomy

Anyone familiar with Italy knows that Parma is a foodie mecca. The region is well-known as the home to Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham). The city of Parma has also recently been named a “City of Gastronomy” by UNESCO, further highlighting the region (and the city) as a food destination. So, … Read more

Watermelon Orange and Onion Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

Watermelon Orange Onion Salad

Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits, partially because of its association with a warm summer day. There is nothing refreshing than a fresh cold slice of dripping watermelon with plenty to share with friends. This grown up way to serve watermelon is also nice to share with friends. Add a nice glass of sparkling … Read more

Modena, Italy – Fast Cars and Slow Food

Modena Italy - slow food fast cars

When you hear the words “Modena, Italy” what immediately comes to mind depends on your passions. If what pops into your mind is a flashy red sports car, then you know this to be the birth place of the Ferrari. If, on the other hand you enjoy a good balsamic vinegar or dream of sitting … Read more

Stuffed Deviled Eggs with Bacon

deviled eggs with bacon

Making stuffed eggs (or deviled eggs) are an American Classic. Making them always reminds me of summer. We always had them with picnics or especially on the 4th of July. Stuffed eggs typically weren’t an everyday dish – when Mom started making the eggs it meant we were getting ready for a party. Summer wouldn’t … Read more

Becoming Certified Gelato Experts at the Gelato University

Gelato is synonymous with Italy. While some Italian food dishes are very regional, you’ll find gelato shops throughout all of Italy. On a sunny afternoon in any Italian city, I challenge you NOT to find someone walking along, eating a few scoops out of a cone or cup. And, you’ll be drawn into shops by … Read more

Pasta Making Class in Bologna Italy

Bologna Italy Cooking Class

We arrived at the cooking class in Bologna and were met with a stern look from the chef. Due to a number of circumstances including the loss of a wallet, miscommunication and a little misdirection, our little group was late. 10 minutes by our understanding, but a full 40 minutes by the school’s. Not a … Read more

Cheese Ravioli with Creamy Walnut Parmesan Sauce

cheese ravioli walnut cream sauce

We first sampled pasta with walnut sauce during a trip through Italy, where walnuts are a prized ingredient. There are many versions walnut sauce (salsa di noci) – including very simple preparations where pulverized walnuts are added to milk and breadcrumbs and then tossed with pasta. I prefer to use granule sized walnut chunks to … Read more

Finding the World’s Best Street Food

Street Food: Arancini

It doesn’t take long reading this blog to realize that we love discovering and sampling new street foods. Whether it’s stumbling across a vendor serving up sizzling snacks in a local market, or taking guided tour with a local who knows the best hidden spots, we’re up for it. Over the course of our travels, … Read more

Cold Curried Rice and Shrimp Salad

If you are a fan of yellow curry, then this recipe belongs in your collection. This cold rice salad pairs together spicy yellow curry with crunchy cauliflower and sweet poached shrimp.  It’s an ultimate make-ahead recipe because the flavors combine together and taste even better after spending a night in the fridge. Serve it as either a main … Read more