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”

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”

Focaccia Bread

I love this bread! It’s so tasty! Soooo good for a sandwich and to infuse with herbs! The list goes on.  I recently relocated to an area where there are no local “neighborhood” Italian bread bakeries. Now…I admit I have not looked very hard except for a pretty thorough google maps search and drove aroundContinue reading “Focaccia Bread”

Grandma Pie

Rectangular, pan pizza, grandma-style! Every time I make this dish memories of my Great Grandma Marion and Uncle Alphonse pop into my head. I will never forget visiting her and my uncle at their apartment in Newark, NJ over 45 years ago as a little boy. You could see the Sacred Heart Cathedral from herContinue reading “Grandma Pie”

Cavatelli with Sausage and Rapini

Here is a pasta dish that is savory to the max! All the flavors of the sausage combined with the broccoli rabe, garlic, and white wine! I love this dish! This is most commonly served with orecchetti, but I like using cavatelli or even rotelli. Multicolor rotelli infused with veggies is really good too! ItContinue reading “Cavatelli with Sausage and Rapini”

Meatball Sliders!

I can’t tell you how much I enjoy watching my guests’ eyes light up when I bring out a platter of these meatball sliders. Everyone loves meatballs! And, when they are super tasty with the right texture, then everyone REALLY loves meatballs! And, when you serve them on high-quality locally baked little Italian round rolls,Continue reading “Meatball Sliders!”