Sunday Pasta™: Tagliatelle con Radicchio e Speck

When most people think of Germany, they think Autobahn, engineering, and Oktoberfest. I, however, think immediately of my favorite Teutonic Titwillow, Lili von Shtupp (as played by the immortal Madeline Kahn). She remains emblazoned on my mind when it comes to all things Germanic. It’s twue, perhaps crazy, but twue…...more

About Radicchio

Ah, radicchio…  You are definitely not a common ingredient in American cooking, but your stem roots back all the way to ancient times.  Think the Roman scholar Pliny the Elder (23-79 A.D.), who was the first to write about radicchio in his Naturalis Historia as he praised and proclaimed its medicinal properties.  Who knew, radicchio, that you were used as a blood purifier and an aid to insomniacs.  I didn’t!...more

Recipe Monday - Portuguese Fish Stew with an American Twist

My husband is Portuguese, and every once in a while I'll try to branch out and make some of their cuisine. But it's hard. Portuguese recipes were not fashioned with quick and easy in mind. I found a recipe for traditional Fish Stew online, and I changed it to suit our needs / ingredients. It came out amazingly well! Even if I did burn the sandwiches I made to go with it....more

Italian recipes for kids and family

Hi, I'm an Italian mum of 2 living in the UK. I'm very passionate about cooking and I've recently created a blog about Italian recipes for children and familieswww.mummycooksitalian.blogspot.comPaola...more

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This week I am featuring one of my favorite cookie recipes. That in and of itself may not sound very exciting, but understand that it was actually cool enough to turn my oven on the other evening, and that is cause for celebration around here!Cookies make me happy. I don’t know if I have ever met a cookie I didn’t like, although I certainly like some slightly more than others. This recipe I like for 1) its ease, 2) its versatility and 3) the yumminess factor of the finished cookie....more

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting seem to be on a never-ending search to find the perfect red velvet cake recipe ever since my sister-in-law, Asunta, won our annual family bake-off with her red velvet cupcakes....more

About Parmigiano (Parmesan)

Mmmmmmmm, Parmigiano Reggiano.  Need I say more.  This Italian cheese, a.k.a: formaggio, is one of my absolute favorites.  That salty, yet slightly creamy taste; just a little can go a long way.  Or as in this week’s Sunday Pasta, Penne con Crema Parmigiano, —a lot—can be simply divine if you know what to add to compliment and balance out its flavor.  So let’s learn a little about its origin....more addiction

I have a serious addiction that might call for an intervention. I. Can't. Stop. Trying. New. Recipes! I've always loved trying new recipes, but ever since Pinterest has come along it's that much more fun and easier to find some really great recipes. Now, I try a new recipe or two almost EVERY day. It's not like I wanted this to happen, but when you're sitting there very innocently looking at your friends' pins and all of a sudden a picture of the most amazing looking food you have ever seen in your life pops just have to try it out....more

The Unwritten History of a Recipe

A strange thing happened this afternoon.As I leaned back against the kitchen sink, my eyes drifted from our grandson's red-crayon drawing held by a magnet on the refrigerator to the top of the appliance. I spied my wooden recipe box, won in a Newman's Own contest years ago.I hadn't opened it since I moved to the farm four years ago. ...more