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Amatriciana Estiva on Good Day New York

Amatriciana Estiva on Good Day New York

On Thursday I appeared on Good Day New York with Lori Stokes and Rosanna Scotto (Tri State Area dreams do come true) to make amatriciana estiva (a.k.a. summer amatriciana), a dish that has been popping up on trattoria menus all over town for a few years now. Some claim their version of the dish is lighter…

Ravioli Gnudi With Quick Tomato Sauce

These little gems are called ricotta spinach gnocchi, or ravioli gnudi as they resemble the filling often used to stuff ravioli. This recipe was adapted from Davina Cucina’s (otherwise known as Judy Witts Francini) cookbook called Secrets from My Tuscan Kitchen. The changes I made to the recipe create gnocchi that are similar to ones I…

Artichoke & Sausage Pasta

Artichoke season is in full swing here in Umbria. I can’t say why exactly, but artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables. They require some effort in preparation and certainly are not strong in flavor, but I do love the prickly little things! On our first market trip after returning to Umbria, I went a…

Ciambelle with Wine

These cookies are one of the favorite cookies my Mother-In-Law used to make. I truly love these cookies because they have a good chew, but still are tender, and are not too sweet, making them perfect to enjoy with a cup of espresso for an afternoon snack. They are more of an adult cookie as…

Le Vignole ~ Spring Vegetable Stew

I am a huge fan of most vegetables, but artichokes and fava beans are certainly two of my favorites. Since they are spring vegetables, I am always looking for new and delicious ways to prepare them each spring. I came across a recipe for Le Vignole in a tiny Umbrian cookbook and decided to give…

Agretti Sautéed With Pancetta

I thoroughly enjoy visiting the outdoor markets here in Umbria in the spring, though I find myself often buying too much of everything, particularly since there are just two of us at home to cook for. The one interesting spring green that I hesitated buying  is called agretti here in Umbria. It’s appearance is similar…

Roman Style Artichokes {Carciofi alla Romana}

I love Italy in the spring when market stalls are piled high with varieties of local artichokes, agretti, fava beans, baby peas, and pencil thin asparagus spears. Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables and I probably could eat them daily and never tire of them. Since the fresh artichoke season is fairly short, I…

Zuccotto Cake Recipe – The Italian Dessert You Never Tried it Before

Zuccotto Cake Recipe – The Italian Dessert You Never Tried it Before

This classic Tuscan cake has been exported all over the world and there are a myriad of recipes in existence. It’s delicious and always worth the effort but it’s terrible when it’s made badly, as is everything else. Everyone needs to have a recipe for this to be able to make it quickly and this…

Tortelli di Zucca Recipe – Delicious Pumpkin Ravioli Recipe

Tortelli di Zucca Recipe – Delicious Pumpkin Ravioli Recipe

Lombardians have far too often been unfairly accused of failing to contribute to the Italian cuisine  – and that because they were the ones building the economic hub driving the Italian economy  so that the South can indulge in a few extra long and lazy lunches!  It is forgotten, all too soon, that Italian blood…

Nutty Nougat Recipe – Torrone Recipe – Delicious Treat

Nutty Nougat Recipe – Torrone Recipe – Delicious Treat

Even though I always believed that this well loved sweet was originally the brainchild of Apicius who lovingly described nucatum (also based on honey, walnuts and eggs) in his writings, it was probably the romantic in me and it does seem that nougat, in it’s current form was invented in Marseilles during the 16th century and was probably the result…

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