Pumpkin & Nutmeg Fritters with Vanilla Cream

I stepped outside to grab the newspaper when my face was promptly met with a light snap of cold…the first real chill of the season. So upon returning to my kitchen, there was no question that the aromas of strong dark coffee with a hint of cinnamon and my seasonal favorite spiced pumpkin candle would perfume the air within minutes. And the recipe I would tackle would be as warming and comforting as a chenille wrap on a cold autumn’s day ....more

Caramelized Butternut Squash & Apple Bisque with Cinnamon Croutons

Is there anything quite so comforting as a bowl of Caramelized Butternut Squash & Apple Bisque? Especially when crispy cinnamon croutons are involved? So, yes, this dish certainly sits on the sweeter side of things ....more

Chocolate Panna Cotta with Orange and Chili

Want to feel like a kid again? One of my favorite treats from childhood was chocolate pudding. Not the snack pack pudding…actually, I’m not even sure they made those back then, but the one Mom cooked on the stove top by adding milk to a chocolate mix and stirring with a large tablespoon until a rich cocoa color appeared ....more

Gnocchi with Crispy Bacon, Sautéed Scallions, Toasted Pine Nuts and Parmigiano

We’re taking Italian comfort food to a whole new level. Yep, I’ve combined gnocchi with crispy bacon, sautéed scallions, toasted pine nuts and Parmigiano… You’re welcome. Because bacon ....more

Toasted Coconut & Almond Crumbly Cake

We are making the best kind of mess today! This cake’s construction requires, as Ina Garten would say, ‘a chef’s best tools – clean hands’. And (thankfully) as I’ve matured (cough)…I’ve come to the realization that sometimes we just have to get our hands dirty ....more

Italian Panini with Salami, Fontina, Arugula & Sun-Dried Tomato Mayo

Whether you call ’em sangwiches, sammies, sandwiches or sliders – just don’t call me late to the table when you’re serving ’em! This Italian Panini with Salami, Fontina, Arugula & Sun-Dried Tomato Mayo was inspired by a train trip we took while in Italy nine years ago. One sunny day, we boarded the EuroStar…or EuroRail…it was one of the Euros, enroute to Calabria from Rome ....more

Pesto Arancini – Italian Street Food!

Let’s hear it for Italian street food! The last time we were in Italy, if I had one I had one hundred arancini. Okay, maybe not one hundred, but I got dangerously close ....more

Black Grape & Ginger Granita

This Black Grape & Ginger Granita, an Italian-style flavored ice, will provide a light cooling crunch as we make our way through these lingering steamy days of summer. When Dom and I were dating…way back in the day…we’re talking the 80’s my friends…big big hair, shoulder pads, scrunchy socks and Wham…one of his favorite summer treats was Italian Ice. The traditional lemon flavored tart icy ice served in a large plastic cup with a small spoon and a smile ....more

Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells with Brown Butter & Sage

Because we spent the better part of Sunday putzin’ around the house doing chores we weren’t much in the mood for a labor intensive dinner ~ though we wanted labor intensive flavors. You know what I’m talking about? A meal that feels like Sunday dinner without breaking a Sunday dinner sweat ....more

Cheesy Polenta with Wild Mushrooms & Thyme

Who could ever imagine that food which is essentially mush could be so luscious and robust in flavor? All you need is one bite of this beauty and you’ll be hooked. During our last evening in California we finally went out for an Italian meal ....more