Festive biscotti laced with the cool, zinginess of peppermint and balanced with the sweetness of white chocolate, perfect for Christmas morning and worthy of gracing your holiday cookie platter. Biscotti are dry, crunchy cookies destined for dunking into coffee, tea or dessert wine. They were traditionally made without fat and twice baked to produce a hard cookie. The cookie dough is baked into a long… [Read more]
Meatballs marry leafy greens, pasta and carrots to live happily ever after in this Italian Wedding Soup. While this is a popular soup for weddings the name refers to the vegetables and meats marrying well together. Minestrata Maritata. Married soup. This Italian American version is lighter than the traditional Neapolitan version that uses an abundance of meat including prosciutto on the bone, sausage, beef and… [Read more]
Pappardelle noodles tossed in a creamy ricotta sauce with Swiss chard and salty Parmesan. When I don’t know what to make for dinner I turn to pasta dishes like this with a few simple ingredients and minimal prep and cooking time. Even though the ingredients seem simple, altogether they are something special.
Clouds of gnocchi nestle themselves in a creamy sauce amongst sweet hunks of butternut squash, tender baby spinach, fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese. Swoon. Lately I am obsessed with gnocchi, little Italian potato dumplings that are soft and pillowy, kind of chewy and in my mind, so versatile. I can’t get enough of them – whether I tuck them away into soups, saute them with… [Read more]
Whole garlic cloves are caramelized stove-top in an olive oil and butter bath until they turn a gorgeous shade of warm, golden brown all the way through to their very centers. The cloves are briefly simmered in tomato sauce then tossed with spaghetti and fresh basil before being served with Romano cheese.
Pesto is an Italian sauce traditionally made with pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, salt and fresh basil using a mortar and pestle. All kinds of variations have sprung from this recipe including ones with different nuts and in place of the basil ingredients like arugula, artichokes, red peppers or spinach. The possibilities are endless.