Italian Peas with Mushrooms

Italian peas with mushrooms, sauteed onion, garlic and seasoned with Tuscan seasoning

Easter would not seem like Easter if we didn’t serve my mamma’s Italian Peas with Mushrooms {Piselli italiani con funghi}. She loved preparing the Easter dinner for our family and we knew that on her well prepared table we would find the tasty Italian peas.   Once she and papá became older we enthusiastically took on […]

Roasted Herbed Leg of Lamb – Arrosto di Agnello con Erbe

Roasted herbed leg of lamb cooked medium rare ready to be plated

Roasted Herbed Leg of Lamb {Arrosto di Agnello con Erbe} is the traditional meat for Easter in our Italian household. We’ve tried different methods of cooking the leg of lamb,  but using thyme, rosemary, sage and garlic is our favorite.  The herbs and simple seasoning of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper lets the taste of […]

Italian Easter Bread With Eggs

Italian Easter Bread with Colored Eggs

As long as I can remember,  my mamma would make an Italian Easter Bread {Corona pasquale}. She would twist long ropes of dough and then pinch the ends to form a ring. She then would nestle colored eggs in between the ropes. When I asked why she made our Italian Easter bread that way, she […]

Grilled Rosemary Chicken with Farro Risotto

Grilled Rosemary Chicken with Farro and Kale Risotto

As we were paging through our newest edition of Cooking Light, the recipe for Grilled Rosemary Chicken with Farro Risotto grabbed our attention. It was just up our alley — grilled meat with a creamy risotto-style side.   I was so excited! I knew this would be a perfect recipe to share with you. Well, […]

Steak Diane – Drama and Romance

Steak Diane with Spinach and Grape Tomato Saute

Steak Diane epitomized luxury and continental glamour in the trendy upscale restaurants of the 1950’s and ’60’s. Just picture “Mad Men” in mid-century New York City. . . . . . the glamour . . . the indulgence.   It’s post World War II,  diners want to indulge, they want to celebrate– dairy and meat […]

Pears Cooked in White Wine {Pere Al Vin Bianco}

Pears baked in white wine with vanilla Greek yogurt and toasted granola @allourway.comt

Pears Cooked in White Wine {Pere al Vin Bianco} is a recipe you can make when you want something really delicious but you don’t have the time to make an elaborate dessert. This recipe is so easy you can make it for two or twenty without too much trouble — that is as long as […]

Fresh Tuna with Caramelized Onions

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The recipe, Fresh Tuna with Caramelized Onions {Tonno con Cipolle Caramellate},  is an easy fish dish and by adding the caramelized onions simmered in vermouth it gives the seafood that special occasion taste. Fresh tuna is most frequently sold as steaks and it is the most “beef-like” of all fish due to its deep red color when […]

Cheese-Stuffed Crusty Panini

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The aroma of these cheese-stuffed crusty panini baking is so rich and enticing it  perfumes every corner of the  house. We usually make them for special occasions because they are just too darn hard to resist. The first time we baked them and saw what they looked like, we nicknamed them Mount Vesuvius panini. As the rolls […]

Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup with chicken and tofu

Although Hot and Sour Soup is not an Italian recipe — it’s a great soup to make during this cold weather. Its warmth comforts while its spiciness heats you up from the inside out.  The chicken broth makes our Hot and Sour Soup a very  light soup and it’s the Asian chili sauce (sambal oelek) that […]

Creamy Swiss Chard Gratin {Bietola Cremosa al Gratin}

Creamy Swiss Chard Gratin topped With fresh breadcrumbs

We’re always on the lookout for incorporating new vegetables in our meals, that’s how Creamy Swiss Chard Gratin became a tradition at our Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.  We were tired of green beans. . . . peas weren’t doing anything for us . . . .broccoli seemed too ordinary. Swiss Chard seemed a little exotic […]