Perfect Italian Meatballs

Perfect Italian Meatballs

There’s really nothing more delicious and homey than a plate full of spaghetti topped with homemade meatballs and sauce. We’ve been making meatballs this way for years, inspired by the secret recipe of a family of Italian chefs we met in San Diego. Of course, we’ve made our own modifications over time. The real secret for moist, … Read more

Easy Stove Top Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan Parmigiana

While traveling through Italy, eggplant Parmesan became one of my favorite dishes. Whether in Northern or Southern Italy, a version of this dish is on most menus. Interestingly though, eggplant Parmesan (or melanzane parmigiana) is typically served as an appetizer dish. It is most often baked in the oven like a lasagna, but I’ve adapted … 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

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 them together with Chef Gianna Greco in her cooking school in Lecce, the Pulgia region of Italy in the heel of the boot. I’ll have to admit, however, that Chef Gianna would not approve of my version. There are a lot of … Read more

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

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

Green Lasagna with Ragu Bolognese

Green Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce

Green Lasagna is a classic Italian dish that we first discovered on a trip to Bologna, Italy. Bologna is in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy where Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is produced. It is also the place where Bolognese sauce (or Ragu) originated. These two ingredients are paired up in this recipe with a white béchamel sauce … Read more

Tagliatelle Bolognese – Classic Italian Meat Sauce

Tagliatelle Bolognese

The Emilia Romagna region of Italy is known for food. It’s home to Parma where the famous ham originates and Modena, which is famous for its balsamic vinegar. And of course, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is made in this area. Bologna, the capital of Emilia Romagna, is also famous for bolognese sauce or ragù  bolognese. Traditional bolognese sauce … Read more

Pasta with Chicken, Tomato, Mushroom and White Truffles

Pasta with chicken, mushroom, tomato and white truffles

While traveling through the Umbria region of Italy, I came across more and more dishes using one of the prized ingredients of this area – white truffles. People seem to have either a strong dislike or an intense love for this pungent ingredient. I fall into the strongly enamored group. Which is one reason I was … Read more

Tuscan Vegetable Soup – Acquacotta

Acquacotte - Italian Vegetable Soup

Acquacotte – translated from Italian to mean cooked water. This vegetable soup recipe is the Italian version of stone soup. Making something of nothing. Start with a nice colorful stone and water, and then add what you have. A bit of stale bread, some vegetables from the neighbor’s garden, maybe a bit of left over … Read more