Ricotta Gnocchi with Bolognese Sauce

The weather is getting cooler and the food is getting comfier! I love, love, love, Bolognese sauce! It is so tasty with so much depth and flavor. I love loading up my Bolognese with lots of veggies! I would say I probably use twice the amount of onion, carrots, and celery than traditional recipes. Why?Continue reading “Ricotta Gnocchi with Bolognese Sauce”

Spinach and Potatoes

Here’s one that’s right in line with that simple, nourishing,  peasant cooking that I love so much! Try this one out if you want to make a quick and delicious veggie side or soup/stew type of dish. That’s the thing with preparing cooked veggies the Italian way. You never really know what to call it.Continue reading “Spinach and Potatoes”

Spinach Pie

Spinach Pie I love making this one! Inspired by my mother, Raphaella, it’s a mixture of fresh spinach (not cooked first) ricotta, Parmigiano-Reggiano, mozzarella, garlic powder, and extra virgin olive oil. Yes, garlic “powder” not fresh garlic. I believe there is a time and place for both fresh herbs and spices and dehydrated ones. GarlicContinue reading “Spinach Pie”

Grandma Anne’s Manest

Manest! The first dish I was formally taught how to make by my beloved Grandma Anne! If you grew up Italian-American, I think it’s safe to say making a marinara is just second nature. I mean, no one really has to teach you that. You just saw it so many times.  This dish, however, isContinue reading “Grandma Anne’s Manest”

Oven Dried Tomatoes

Pomodori Essiccati in Forno The Jersey Tomato season has begun!  This is a great time to make fresh and vibrant tomato dishes! Pretty soon, people will be canning this beautiful fruit to have it over the winter months. You know, pack it with a little “sale”, “basilico”,  and perhaps a teaspoon of “succo di limone.”Continue reading “Oven Dried Tomatoes”

What is Italian food?

Hello, and welcome to my blog, For nearly 50 years my passion continues to grow for my most favorite cuisine on this planet . . . Italian food! I have passionately embraced the recipes of my two grandmothers and mother along with their style of cooking. Even though all three women have different ways ofContinue reading “What is Italian food?”