Neapolitan Beef Braciole

Growing up Italian, the granddaughter of Italian Immigrants and only the second generation born in the United States, you take for granted the food that you grew up on, and assume that everyone had dined with family over these same foods on Sunday. That the mounds of pasta, homemade Chianti, bowls overflowing of beef braciole,…

Italian Spare Ribs in Red Gravy

My father bless his heart, loved his “gravy” and his pasta.  This was not lost on his oldest daughter, as nothing screams comfort food to me more than a heaping bowl of pasta, gravy and some delicious simmered meat.  My father loved to infuse his gravy with flavor long before it was a thing!  But…

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter and Maple Drizzle

OK, so if you really read my blog and don’t just pass by briefly, you know I love fall and pumpkin everything, not necessarily in that order.  I have been making gnocchi every which way to Sunday, forever.  For one, it was super easy for me not to goof up back in my early days…

Rustic Italian Heirloom Tomato Tart

Since I was a little girl I have absolutely loved tomatoes.  Growing up my Dad use to make a tomato pie that was so heavenly I would devour this thing as if it were my last meal.  When I got married and moved out, my Dad showed me how to make his tomato pie, he…

Harvest Corn Chowder

Fall is here and as much as I love the beach, I love Fall equally.  For one thing, the NY Yankees are in the playoffs,  then there’s football, hockey, bonfires, apple picking, pumpkin everything, and soup!  I just love making food when the weather gets a nip in the air.  Something about a nice bowl…

Cinnamon Apple Muffins with Maple Bacon Glaze

Every once in a while a recipe hits me and I am giddy with delight because it all works beautifully.  I love the combination of sweet and savory and now that using bacon in dessert is all the craze, I couldn’t be more pleased.  What I love about these muffins is that the bacon is…

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit Bake

My father grew up in the midst of the Great Depression, he was also the youngest boy of twelve children, born to Italian Immigrant parents, he was the first generation born in this country, and his father passed away shortly after the birth of my aunt, his sister.  This left my Grandmother Lena with the…

Perfect Peanut Butter Brownies

I have a confession to make…I am not a huge peanut butter fan.  Gasp…..maybe it was all the PB&J sammies I consumed as a kid, but for whatever reason it is not my fav.  I do however love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, and will consume on occasion a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup,…

Mexican Inspired Chicken Mole

I had planned to “drop this recipe” before Cinco de Mayo.  But as the saying goes, “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans,” and life, happened. None the less, you can enjoy this recipe year round and I will tell you this, one of the easiest ways to amp up your…

Fig and Goat Cheese Flatbread with Bacon

I love fresh figs.  Growing up we had these all the time as they were an Italian staple.  One of my favorite ways to enjoy figs are to have them sliced with fresh Homemade Italian Style Ricotta Cheese with a drizzle of honey atop some fresh crostini.  I could make a meal out of this alone…