Harvest Salad with Fresh Horseradish

Apple Harvest Salad with Edam Cheese, Green Apple, Caramelized Carrots and Red Bell Pepper and Fresh Grated Horseradish

This warm harvest salad recipe was inspired by our first visit to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in Italy. We visited several vintners during our stay, including the Gravner Winery, on the border between Italy and Slovenia. Here we learned about their unorthodox methods for producing wine. While we sampled their spectacular wine we were also … Read more

Food of Puglia, Italy with Cooking Experience in Lecce

Eggplant Stuffed with Sausage and Provolone

Of course, we had to take a cooking class in Puglia, Italy. We have spent a significant amount of time traveling around Italy, but before this trip hadn’t made it to this region located on the “heel” of the boot that is Italy. And, our Italian friends from the region wouldn’t let us forget this. We were … Read more

Simple Tomato Sauce

Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe

Everyone needs a good basic tomato sauce recipe. We’ve experimented with our version over the years and perfected it during a recent trip through Italy. We took a lot of cooking classes during our time there including this one in Rome – Cooking with Nonna (Grandmother). In each region that we visited, Nonnas were cooking … Read more

Curried Vegetables in a Tomato Gravy with Poached Eggs

Curried Vegetables with Poached Eggs

This recipe is inspired by the flavors of the middle east. I really enjoy shukshuka, an Israeli recipe with poached eggs in a tomato sauce served with fresh bread for dipping. This version adds more vegetables and curry for a heartier dish that’s bursting with flavor. If you enjoy curry and are looking for a … Read more

Stuffed Eggplant with Sausage and Provolone Cheese

Eggplant Stuffed with Sausage and Provolone

Stuffed eggplant (or aubergine) is a very popular dish in Italy. We made what has become one of our favorite versions during a cooking class in the Lecce with Chef Gianna Greco. Lecce is in the Pulgia region of Italy. Located right in the heel of the boot. I’ll have to admit, however, that Chef … Read more

Italian Potato Focaccia Bread

Fresh Potato Focaccia Bread

Focaccia is a standard bread 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