The Healthy Way – All Our Way Granola {Il Modo Sano – Nostrano Muesli}

healthy, quick, easy, granola

      Do you like granola? We do. . . . so much so that we make it in bulk. We've bought different brands. . . different flavors. . . . different  combinations . . . but . . . . . . .we've found that this recipe { not bragging} is by far the best. The … [Read more...]

Garlicky Meatballs {Polpette all’Aglio}

ground chuck, eggs, Panko Crumbs, garlic, salt

Do you like meatballs? Do you buy them frozen at the big box stores? Yes . . . I know it's convenient. . . . I'll even admit to buying them myself. But making them at home and then freezing them is oh so easy . . . .  the taste is much better . . . and   best of all . . … [Read more...]

Tutto Nostrano { All Our Way}

antipasto, salad, Orvieto, Italy

Nostrano is a particular Italian word that means "ours". Yet this word implies much more . . .it implies country, family, home, tradition, my kitchen. It implies that there is an abundance of pride in whatever is made.  When an Italian says "nostrano" they mean from their part of … [Read more...]

Our Way Herb Parmesan Bread { Nostrano Pane con Erbe e Parmigiano}

herb, parmesan, bread, sliced

     Do you remember the lean years? The years where every penny counted . . . you had to be very creative in everything you did. There was nothing left in the budget for gifts or presents . . .or any of  those little extras. . . . like flowers . . . . . . . . the only … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Cities

Prosciutto di Parma, sliced,

   We're going on an adventure . . . would you like to join us? You would? Great! You're wondering where we're going?  Well, we are going to visit two cities. . . . no . . .  not Paris or London. . .  our two cities are well known . … [Read more...]

Aperol Spritz {Aperitivo}

Aperol Spritz made with Aperol Liqueur, Prosecco, San Pellegrino Sparkling Water

   When we were in Italy we tasted an aperitif that we liked very much.  So much so,  that when we came back home we asked around for the liqueur,  but the local stores didn't handle it. Apparently Aperol is fairly new to the states, although it was introduced … [Read more...]

Roasted Asparagus { Asparagi Arrostiti}

asparagus, roasted, lemon, easy, quick

   It doesn't get simpler than this . . . cleaned asparagus . . . extra-virgin olive oil . . . salt and pepper . . . and an oven. When it comes to asparagus I like to use as much of it as possible. My parents were very frugal and they did not believe in wasting anything.  I have to … [Read more...]

Chicken Francese with Toasted Almonds { Pollo alla Francese con Mandorle Tostate}

chicken Francese, toasted almonds, Italian Parsley

   Do you remember this dish? It isn't French as the name might imply. It is simply a very tasty way to make a restaurant-quality dish in your own home. Originally it was made with veal cutlets and you could  find it practically on every restaurant menu. . . but then veal … [Read more...]

Farro Salad {Insalata Di Farro}

radicchio rosso, Kalamata olives, farro, grape tomatoes, pine nuts, olive oil, arugula, thyme

     Farro { pronounced in Italian Fahr-oh} is considered one of the oldest grains domesticated by humans. In ancient Rome it was a staple food that provided the main source of nourishment for the Roman legions.  It almost completely disappeared during the last century … [Read more...]