Recipes “a occhio”

My real taste of Italy began in America with a gentle coaxing into Nonna's kitchen the day after I married Michael. Michael, her grandson, had a special place in her heart so teaching me to cook Italian was now a priority.  One of the many lessons on the art of "cucina alla casalinga", home style … Continue reading Recipes “a occhio”

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Romancing The Sauce

Almost everyone on the planet loves Italian food. If you're like me nothing can compare to your grandmother's pasta sauce. Whether you're Italian or not everyone has their own favorite version. That's not so unusual because everyone in Italy has their's too. Nothing says "love" like an Italian red sauce but don't always have time for a "made by … Continue reading Romancing The Sauce

An Italian Painter’s Scrambled Eggs Insalata

Inspired by the 16th century Italian painter Jacopo Carucci (Jacopo da Pontormo) Cesare Casella, chef and dean of Italian Studies at the International Culinary Center combines the bright acid of vinegar and wine, salty pancetta, cold crisp lettuce greens and soft scrambled eggs to create a substantial wintertime salad. With typical Italian sprezzatura , Carucci employs a studied … Continue reading An Italian Painter’s Scrambled Eggs Insalata

Truffle Times

Some have described the aroma and flavor of the Italian truffle as rich and intense with a taste of honey and garlic reminiscent of the earthy woods in which it is found. Others have described them as a misshapen knot with an aroma best left in the leafy understory of the woods. Each to his own but I would suggest that you give … Continue reading Truffle Times