“Utica Greens”

Ahhh…Utica Greens! This one is unique! I just love local fare. Being born and raised in New Jersey (now an Upstate New Yorker) we have our share of local classics. But, Utica Greens is just one of those dishes that I just can’t get enough of. It’s such a delectable and different way to enjoyContinue reading ““Utica Greens””

Stuffed Pork Loin “Braciole Style”

Oh boy do I love braciole! As a small child, I remember the meatballs, sausage, and braciole would be on the table steaming from being cooked in the Sunday Gravy all day! Most of the kids would go for the meatballs. I went straight for the braciole! Both beef and pork braciole were made byContinue reading “Stuffed Pork Loin “Braciole Style””

Roasted Pork Shoulder “Porchetta Style”

“Porchetta!” I love the herbs and spices used for roasting this pork dish! So perfumy and with just a little bit of “heat,” it’s like no other pork dish! I have seen many types of recipes titled “Porchetta.” Online, one of the most popular seems to be a pork loin wrapped in a pork belly.Continue reading “Roasted Pork Shoulder “Porchetta Style””

Homemade Manicotti

Yum, yum, yum, & yummy! When passionate about cooking, it’s hard to say what your favorites are. But, certain things I just get so much satisfaction and pleasure out of a making. And, manicotti is one of them! With manicotti, my moment of zen is affirmed when I open the oven door and get hitContinue reading “Homemade Manicotti”

Beef Barley Soup

Yes, I am in soup mode! Delicious and nutritious soup for the middle of winter! Last week’s post “Roasted Vegetable Chicken Soup with Kale” is heartwarming and nourishing to the max and is what I would consider a light brothy soup. This week we are going to bump up the comfort level with a moreContinue reading “Beef Barley Soup”

Roasted Vegetable & Chicken Soup with Kale

Warmth and good nutrition! We are approaching the dead of winter and our bodies need to be nourished! What better way to do it than with this delicious roasted veggie and chicken soup with kale.  This soup is savory, earthy, and light. Roasting the root vegetables on the stovetop with cast iron is a niceContinue reading “Roasted Vegetable & Chicken Soup with Kale”

Whole Wheat Cavatelli & Broccoli

I don’t think it matters if you grew up Italian-American or not. Everybody knows “Cavatelli & Broccoli.” Regarding the way we are going to prepare it here, I’m asking all of you to step outside your cavatelli and broccoli comfort zone!  I’ve seen this dish prepared in all different ways. Some like to add chickenContinue reading “Whole Wheat Cavatelli & Broccoli”

Grandma Assunta’s Cured Olives & Pasta

I love this one! It’s a real “siggy” type of dish. My grandmother was not Sicilian but my grandfather was. After discussing this dish with my mother, we came to the conclusion Grandma Sue would make Sicilian-style dishes like this one for Grampa Vincent. Although this salty/savory dish has no golden raisins in it, IContinue reading “Grandma Assunta’s Cured Olives & Pasta”

Pork Stew “Abruzzo Style”

Abruzzo!! Abruzzo!! Abruzzo!! I love saying it! When I finally get to Italy, this is where I’m headed. Why not Rome, Milan, Tuscany? Yes, I do want to see it all. But, if you think about it, when friends and family travel to Italy you don’t often hear “We’re going to the Abruzzo region.”  Well,Continue reading “Pork Stew “Abruzzo Style””

Linguine Aglio e Olio

Oh boy. I’m in simple peasant heaven!! I can’t back this up with fact at the moment, but, legend has it this dish was created by the poor folks in Naples that could not afford clams! An authentic Neapolitan Aglio e Olio is essentially the same ingredients as “Linguine with Clam Sauce” (minus the clamsContinue reading “Linguine Aglio e Olio”