Tortiglioni alla Vodka with Sausage

Tortiglioni alla vodka with sausage

Pasta in Vodka Sauce (Pasta alla Vodka) is an Italian-American dish whose primary ingredients are tomato sauce, vodka and cream. I was initially reluctant to try this dish when I found it on menus, vodka? Really? While wine is most often used in making Italian sauces, the vodka in this dish actually adds a little … Read more

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 Stovetop Eggplant Parmesan

Stovetop Eggplant Parmesan

While traveling through Italy, eggplant (or aubergine) 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 … Read more

Italian Fresh Herb Frittata

Italian Herb Frittata

The fresh herb frittata is a typical dish from Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. It was prepared for us by a local chef who used herbs that he found growing in the surrounding farm. He used a combination of fresh fennel, dill, mint, hops, sage and chives to make the simple dish as an appetizer. The … 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

Our stuffed eggplant recipe is one of our favorites, and it’s really easy to prepare. If you aren’t typically a fan of this vegetable, this preparation may very well change your mind History of Stuffed Eggplant Baked stuffed eggplant recipes have been around a long time. Mentions of delicious stuffed eggplant in Turkey, known as … 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

Cheese Ravioli with Creamy Walnut Parmesan Sauce

Creamy Parmesan Walnut 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 Ragù ) originated. These two ingredients are paired up in this recipe with a white béchamel … 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