Polpette & Busiate

There are hundreds of cuisines in Italy, not to mention the regional specialties. Then of course you have family secrets ~ the one thing you won’t find, spaghetti and meatballs. Oh, you can have a rich red wine-laced tomato sauce to dip the polpetti, or find miniature versions, almost like the Italian version of […]…

Polpette & Busiate

  There are hundreds of cuisines in Italy, not to mention the regional specialties. Then of course you have family secrets ~ the one thing you won’t find, spaghetti and meatballs. Oh, you can have a rich red wine-laced tomato sauce to dip the polpetti, or find miniature versions, almost like the Italian version of…

Buona Pasqua

History of Pane di Pasqua Bread has a religious significance on the Italian Easter table, for Christ is often referred to as “the bread of life.” Hand-fashioned egg-decorated breads vary from region to region in Italy and go by many different names. But the commonality of baking whole eggs twisted or braided into bread is…

mandorla

Paese che vai, usanza che trovi biscotti di mandorle           ciao a tutti! oggetto del tema di oggi è biscotti ~ che delizioso, biscotto croccante vedrete nonni e bambini, inzuppare nel loro bevanda preferita … oh, I’m sorry ~ I forgot my audience is primarily English speaking!  Anyway, as I was…

Puff Pastry, anyone?

While taking classes in Italy, I discovered just how versatile puff pastry was ~ and when you make your own?  WORTH every pounding moment! However, to enjoy the following recipe for “Strudel di Vegetali, Caprino e Basilico” (vegetable strudel with goat cheese and basil) a trip to your local grocer is all you’ll need.  …

Demolish me ~

Uno non può pensare bene, amare bene, dormire bene, se non ha mangiato bene. Mrs D has asked for my assistance translating another FANTASTIC recipe!  Wow ~ what a flavor explosion! The only thing I did differently, was add 1/4 c of almond flour to the cake flour… I knew it was already going to…

Oh, sweet Italia ~

  A friend recently wrote of her biking excursions through Aviano ~ instead of feeling jealous, I was so happy that she has embraced the lifestyle of this amazing country.  I closed my eyes and imagined a jaunt down Viale S Giorgio, to the Tuesday market for cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables, fragrant flowers (roses,…

Ravioli di patate con ripieno di melanzane

  A dear friend and mentor, C. D’Bramo asked me to translate this incredible ravioli recipe… I now cannot wait to try it! Oh my! Potato Ravioli stuffed with Eggplant 1 lb potatoes, peeled and cubed 2 cups flour, plus additional if needed  2 eggplants, peeled and cubed 3.5 oz smoked cheese (scamorza, if you…

Rice Pudding

My family loves rice pudding ~ I mean they really love rice pudding!  Their favorite isn’t dotted with jewels of dried cherries like Bobby Deen’s; nor does it have a sprinkling of golden raisins or a dash of cinnamon like Alton Brown, Emeril Lagasse, Tyler Florence or the Barefoot Contessa!  They love it plain and…