Apricot Oat Bars

This past week started out great, but unfortunately went downhill very quickly. We had a sit down wine tasting dinner at our house on Monday for twenty-four, hosted by the Angelini family from Spello, Umbria. The dinner went extremely well and the wines served by the Angelini family were some of the best Italy has [...] ...more

Chocolate Dipped Heart Cookies

Simple buttery shortbread cookies are wonderful year round and I always bake some type of shortbread every Christmas for my cookie tray. This year I decided to use a heart cutout and after they were baked, I dipped these tasty cookies in dark chocolate. I prefer dark chocolate to other types, and I had bought [...] ...more

Pizza Napoli {Pizza With Anchovies}

Pizza is a big deal in my house. We have pizza ovens in both our house in Umbria, Italy as well as our house in Florida and enjoy making our own pizza at home at least once a week. Over the holidays with all of our family here visiting, we ended up having pizza twice [...] ...more

CucinaPro Imperia Pasta Maker and Flour + Water Cookbook Contest Giveaway

Making homemade pasta is one of my personal favorite kitchen activities. The options are endless whether you are making stuffed pasta, cut pasta such as fettucine, or simply making delicate egg noodles for a wonderful lasagna. You can flavor your pasta dough with a myriad of different ingredients, and when it comes to sauces, your [...] ...more

Flour + Water

This is one of my favorite cookbooks of ...more

Whipped Feta Dip With Tomatoes & Olives

Over the holidays I have a house full of family members who all love to eat so I am always looking for unique, delicious recipes my family will love. On Christmas Day, we eat a big breakfast and plan an early dinner, so in between I prepare a few snacks to keep everyone happy. I [...] ...more

Top 2014 Italian Food Forever Recipes

Happy New Year! I am not sure why, but I always feel energized when we move into a new year. It is time to start fresh and look forward and to set new goals and directions ....more

Decorated Spice Cookies

I bake a lot of holiday cookies each year, some old family favorites, many traditional Italian varieties, and some from my childhood. Although I consider myself Italian by heart if not by birth, I was born Canadian, and have a very mixed ethnic background. Christmas for me growing up always included French Canadian tourtiere pies, [...] ...more

Zuppa Inglese

This traditional Italian dessert originated in northern Italy in the region Emila-Romagna although it can now be found throughout northern and central Italy. Although its true origins are unknown, it is thought that it first appeared in the sixteenth century in the kitchens of the Dukes of Este in Ferrara. It is said that they [...] ...more

Cranberry Almond Shortbread Bars

I’ve been very busy this week cranking out holiday cookies in anticipation of my family arriving Monday for the holidays. Although I do make a number of the same cookies each year which are traditional family favorites, I do like to test out a few new recipes as well. I grew up on shortbread cookies [...] ...more