Chocolate Crostata with Mascarpone Mousse

"Crostata" is a term used for an Italian tart. This dessert is a chocolate lover's dream and comes from Katherine Thompson, the pastry chef at several top NYC restaurants, including L'Artusi in the West Village and L'Apicio in the East Village. The recipe is from a book called "Women Chefs of New York", which features great women like Sara Jenkins, April Bloomfield and (my favorite) Gabrielle Hamilton ....more

Roasted Broccoli Rabe (aka Rapini)

ceramic plate from Fifty One and Half ...more

Il Corvo's Ultimate Bolognese Sauce

It still feels like winter here in Michigan! ...more

Meatball and Escarole Soup (a.k.a. Italian Wedding Soup)

ceramic plate from Fifty One and a Half ...more

Winter Cooking Classes Scheduled!

If you live in the Mid-Michigan area, I am announcing two cooking classes for Winter: ...more

Lemon Goat Cheese Cake

I was saddened last week to hear about the death of Gina DePalma...more

Poinsettia Cocktail

A little holiday cocktail for you! ...more

Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole

I'm finally putting this recipe up on the blog. ...more

Arancini from Sicily - Rice Balls Stuffed with Mozzarella

ceramic plate from Fifty One and a Half ...more

From Pizza Class: Pizza with Mushrooms, Pancetta & Onion

I just finished giving a Fall pizza making class and it seems like I get a lot of e-mails from readers who cannot attend the class because they don't live locally and want to know more about what we make in the class. ...more