I really don’t know where to start talking about Limone, a charming village tucked away on the western shore of Lake Garda. We could begin with the beautiful, relaxed setting framed by the mountains towering above… Or I could tell you about the luscious, tangy, smooth, simple Tagliatelle al Limone I thoroughly enjoyed at a restaurant on the lakefront. […]
From Laney – It was sort of Girl’s Night Out but we did it in at Cristina’s house for another one of her fabulous meals. But this time, we were going to help her make homemade ravioli. Monica picked me up at Col delle Rane, then we picked up Marisa and off we went to […]
I hereby give a huge apology to all the boxes of pasta in my pantry – “I’m so sorry for taking you for granted all my life and will never do it again.” I promise to never look at a box of pasta in the same uncaring way, nor toss it in my grocery […]
Liguria immediately comes to mind when speaking of pesto as it is in this beautiful region that this wonderful sauce was born. It is said that it is even an aphrodisiac! Pesto is an uncooked sauce – a synonym and symbol of Genoa and the whole of Liguria and in recent years has become one […]
Pappardelle is a simple pasta made with flour, eggs and salt and it doesn’t take much time to prepare really good homemade pasta. Here is my small but useful handbook on how to prepare a perfect dough: 1) If possible, use a wooden board because the roughness of the wood is more suitable than a […]
Gorgonzola cheese is one of my most favourite foods! The taste of Gorgonzola is a mix between savory and sweet- wonderful! Its history traces back to the year 879 AD to town of Gorgonzola, near Milan and was first called the “stracchino di Gorgonzola” or “stracchino verde”. Made from cow’s milk, the main characteristic of Gorgonzola is the […]
A few weeks ago, Monica wrote a terrific post explaining about all the different types of Radicchio – and what better way to use radicchio than in an awesome pasta recipe. This is a local dish as this type of radicchio is grown in the province of Treviso, which is the area where I live. A pretty plant, […]
My friend Sal is a terrific cook – let me correct myself…he’s an exceptional, awesome and outstanding cook! He’s one of those laid back suburban, golfing, kind of guys who not only knows his way around a kitchen, but when he’s in it, amazing things happen. The second oldest of 5 brothers whose parents were […]
Linguine with Roasted Butternut Squash, Walnuts and Fresh Sage Print Butternut squash is abundant in the fall and this pasta with butternut squash, tossed with extra virgin olive oil and roasted, is truly amazing. Here’s a recipe that takes maybe 30 minutes from start to finish…really. And you can shave 5 minutes off that […]
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