Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I remember growing up I would notice this weird looking cake in the kitchen every so often. What was it? This odd but beautiful looking cake had round pineapple slices on top and cherries! Was it a cake or a piece of fruit!? Years later of course I grew to love Pineapple Upside down cake…

Cheese Pappardelle & Cracked Black Pepper

Creating that beautiful emulsion of freshly cooked pasta and cheese is not as hard as one might think. I should mention that the first time (ok the first ten times) I tried to cook Cacio e Pepe or any pasta with cheese my results did not always end up successful. I’ve learned thru trial and…

Carciofi alla Napoletana – {Artichokes Napoletana}

Is it summer yet? It certainly doesn’t feel like it here. Lately during these long days of quarantining I’ve set my mind on those warmer (hopefully much more normal) months of summer quickly approaching. One of the essential Italian cookbooks every home cook should have in their kitchen is The Silver Spoon. It’s unmistakable in…

The Perfect Cookie?

What does ‘The Perfect Cookie’ look like? Is it sweet & doughy or is it salty & savory? Perhaps a combination of both? Surely there is no definitive answer and taste buds differ from person to person. I think we can all agree that cookies in general are a glorious excuse to get in the…

Linguine with Mushrooms & Herbs

  Struggling in the kitchen these days? That makes two of us! Lately I’ve been running low on original ideas in the kitchen and trying to come up with easy-to-prepare dishes with available ingredients. I would describe it as writer’s block, but for a cook! So I took to the books. Much like all recipes…

Homemade Italian Bread

It goes without saying we are living in trying times. During times of uncertainty it is only natural to turn to areas of comfort. For me one of the biggest comforts is cooking or simply being in the kitchen. Today I found myself in the kitchen with family baking fresh homemade Italian bread. Bread (in…

Baked Eggplant with Italian Seasoning

It’s summer and the vegetables are thriving! Well, at least that’s the way it looks like at the local farmers markets! The selection of various vegetables, greens and herbs has been excellent this season. One of the most versatile vegetables is eggplant. There are hundreds of various recipes using eggplant and most are fairly easy…

Easy Lobster Roll Sliders

Happy 4th of July! Today I am celebrating by sharing an incredibly simple recipe for delicious Lobster Slider Rolls that you can prepare ahead of time to impress your guests. There are a lot of different variations for lobster roll sandwiches so the best thing you can do is make it your own! Here’s my…

Salt & Starch Cookbook

I have been putting off posting this for a while but I think the time has come where I can comfortably see the finish line on this project. For the past few years I have done a fair amount of cooking & learning in the kitchen. I’ve attempted to document much of my cooking adventures…

Torta di farina di cocco – {Coconut Flour Cake}

Recently I was thumbing thru one of my many cookbooks that span the variety of cuisines across Italy. A recipe in Acquacotta from Emiko Davies cookbook caught my eye. The recipe is a simple bunt cake make from chestnut flour, apparently used within the Tuscany region for this recipe. After realizing I could not find…

Sarde a Beccafico – {Sicilian Stuffed Sardines}

A while back I came across one of the many food & travel docs-series on Netflix. It just so happened to be Ainsley Eats the Streets. I had never known of him before or seen his shows in Britain. After devouring the entire series he quickly became one of my most favorite television chefs. He…

Cacio e Pepe

Cheese & Pepper. What could be better? I dare you to find a better, more satisfying combination of simple ingredients when combined with the right technique that make for one of the best and most beloved pasta dishes ever created. I first tasted Cacio e Pepe the proper way – while in Rome. I remember…