Sicilian Peperonata Recipe

Sicilian peperonata recipe

Quick Navigation Sicilian PeperonataIngredientsInstructionsNotesNutrition A good Sicilian peperonata is one of the most underrated and economical meals on menus today.  It’s a brilliant option for vegan and vegetarian guests and it’s truly easy on the pocket, an important factor nowadays. Peperonata can be eaten hot and at room temperature like its cousin caponata; the advantage […]

Torta della Nonna Recipe – Italian Pastry Cream Tart

Torta della Nonna Recipe

Quick Navigation Torta della NonnaIngredientsPastryFillingInstructionsNutrition Torta della Nonna is a traditional Roman and Tuscan dessert to be found in most Italian bakeries. Rome, the eternal city,  produces one version and Naples, the city for the sweet toothed on the Italian mainland, the other. The cake is delicious, similar to the Pastiera Napoletana and is made […]

Chicken al Mattone with Pancetta Recipe

Chicken al mattone recipe

Quick Navigation Chicken al Mattone with PancettaIngredientsInstructionsNotesNutrition I get a lot of emails asking for new chicken recipes, since it is the most popular meat in America. I took influence from my recent trip to Tuscany and found this simple and delicious recipe called Pollo al Mattone which means “chicken under a brick”…but I decided to eliminate the brick […]

Casatiello Napoletano – The Story Behind the Traditional Neapolitan Easter Recipe

Casatiello Neapolitan Easter Bread Recipe

Quick Navigation SWEET OR SALTY?THE ORIGINS OF THIS NEAPOLITAN EASTER BREADCASATIELLO ON EASTER TIME – WHY?Casatiello Napoletano – Neapolitan Stuffed Easter BreadIngredientsFor the doughFor the fillingInstructionsNotesNutrition The casatiello is a traditional Neapolitan bread that is made as part of Easter celebrations. Typically donut shaped, it features a mixture of water, lard, lots of pepper, and […]

Bavette Pasta with Pancetta and Pecorino Sardo Cheese

Bavette Pasta with Pancetta and Pecorino

Quick Navigation Bavette Pasta with Pancetta and Pecorino Sardo CheeseIngredientsInstructionsNutrition Like all other countries on earth, Sardinia has had her fair share of problem but it hasn’t had a negative effect on the people at all – they are extremely hospitable and generous to a fault and will invite a stranger into their homes to […]

List of Italian Cheeses – History, Regional Provenience and Pairings

List of Italian cheeses

Quick Navigation A Brief History of Italian CheeseThe Ultimate List of Italian CheesesBittoCaciottinaBagossMozzarellaBeddoFontinaCastelmagnoCaciocavalloGorgonzolaBurrataProvoloneMascarponeTaleggioTomelloAsiagoRicottaBrussFormaggio di FossaMontasioCaprinoParmigiano-ReggianoPecorinoCrescenza and SquacqueroneFiore SardoCasizoluAccasciatoPuzzone di MoenaBraRagusanoRicotta SalataGrana PadanoScamorzaPiaveToma Brusca (Castelrosso) Italy makes some of the best tasting, aromatic, and artisan cheeses in the world. They claim their rightful spot at the top of the list for their extraordinary cheese products and […]

The Different Types Of Tomatoes: The Ultimate Guide of Tomato Varieties

Types of Tomatoes

Quick Navigation HEALTH BENEFITS OF TOMATOESROMA TOMATOESSAN MARZANO TOMATOESCHERRY TOMATOES CAMPARI TOMATOESSANTORINI TOMATOESCAMONECUORE DI BUE DATTERINODI BELMONTEDI MANDURIAPACHINOPOMODORO VESUVIANO OR PIENNOLO For many people, if you were asked to name a fruit or vegetable that reminds you of a specific country, the humble tomato, would probably score very highly when discussing the country of Italy. […]

What is Quince: Apple of Antiquity

close-up of quince fruits what is quince

Just last week a friend and I had a discussion on quinces because she’d found a tree laden with fruit at the university where she works. The next morning I went down to the garden to see whether our quince tree was still standing but it seems as if it’s been taken out and I’m […]

Nutty Nougat Recipe – Torrone Recipe – Delicious Treat

Torrone Nougat

Quick Navigation Nougat Torrone TurrónIngredientsInstructionsNutrition 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 […]

Aniseed, Anise and Star Anise – Culinary Facts and Uses


Quick Navigation CHEERS! TYPES OF ANISE LIQUOR Absinthe – FrenchAguardiente – ColombianAnisette – FrenchAnís – PeruvianArak – ArabianChartreuse – French (yes, it’s one of the secret ingredients!)Jägermeister – GermanMastika – Eastern EuropeanOuzo – GreekPastis – FrenchRaki – TurkishSambuca – ItalianTYPES OF FOOD USING ANISEEDAustralian HumbugsBritish aniseed balls,Dutch muisjes,Greek stuffed vine leaves, dolmaGerman pfeffernusse and springerleItalian pizzelleMexican atole de anís or champurrado (a type of hot chocolate)New Zealand aniseed wheelsNigerian tom-tom sweetsNorwegian knottsPeruvian picarones.STAR ANISE Aniseed (Pimpinella anisum) is a flowering plant native to the eastern Mediterranean region […]

How to Make an Omelette (Omelet) – The Easiest Way

How to make an omelette

Quick Navigation How to Make an Omelette (Omelet)IngredientsInstructionsNutrition One of the most popular lunchtimes dishes on menus are omelettes and occasionally one does find really good omelettes;  but that’s occasionally and it’s strange because they’re pretty easy to make, both plain or filled. The trick here, again, lies in the eggs and the pan. Eggs need […]