Italian Food Forever

 I am a cook, recipe developer, food writer and amateur photographer. My two food blogs are Italian Food Forever which has been online for over 11 years, and Recipe Rebuild, a healthy recipe and lifestyle blog I share with my daughter who is an RD. I live in Umbria, Italy 6 months a year where we oversee a vacation rental, and Florida the other 6 months.

Crispy Fried Shrimp With Spicy Gremolata Topping

Whenever I hear of someone planning a trip to Venice, I always recommend that they take a side trip over to the island of Burano. This unique island can be easily reached by water taxi or water bus and is famous for its lacework and brightly colored buildings. It is such a uniquely beautiful little [...] ...more

Focaccia With Figs, Caramelized Onions, & Gorgonzola Cheese

Although it is still very early in September, fall is in the air here in Umbria. The temperatures are getting quite cool each evening, the hunters are once again out looking for their catch, and we are seeing some of my favorite fall produce in the markets, including pumpkin, cauliflower, apples, and figs. I especially [...] ...more

Fried Sardines With Parsley Caper Sauce

We just returned from a short stay in Venice, one of our favorite Italian cities. It is such a unique place, unlike any other city we have been to that we are always drawn back. As well as the amazing architecture and stunning views, Venice is famous for its fresh seafood and on each trip, [...] ...more

Whole Grain Seeded Rolls

I recently wanted to make some veggie burgers and planned to serve them on whole grain rolls. Although they do sell hamburger buns here in Italy, they are white buns, and I find them very dry and boring, so my only option was to make my own whole grain ones. I have had a favorite [...] ...more

Bosco di San Francesco – The Woodland Trails of Saint Frances

We have now been living in Umbria half time for the past six years and we are still finding new places to explore. Since we are not on vacation during our yearly six month stay, we often do not get out to enjoy the region as much as we would like. At least one day [...] ...more

Grilled Peach & Buffalo Mozzarella Salad

This is a salad that just epitomizes summer to me and shows that by choosing just a few fresh, seasonal ingredients perfectly paired, can create a memorable dish. I love to prepare a salad such as this one for a lazy summer lunch by the pool, although it also could be served as first course [...] ...more

Garden Fresh Eggplant Parmesan

I am a huge fan of really well prepared eggplant parmesan, but unfortunately much of the time when I order it out, it is quite dreadful. Many times this traditional Italian dish is heavy, very greasy, over sauced, and overburdened with cheese. Personally, I like my eggplant parmesan to be light, fresh tasting, and with [...] ...more

Zucchini Corn Fritters

After a very wet start to our summer, our garden is now paying the price and our zucchini have given up the fight. It is really unfortunate as our zucchini plants were so healthy and absolutely flourished for a couple of months, but the constant rain just was too much for them. Oh well, we [...] ...more

Mountain Rye Bread With Sunflowers

On our recent Alpine adventure in northern Italy, I was amazed at how different the cuisine was compared to other regions. The food has a definite German influence, and in fact even many of the names of different dishes are German. Although I found much of the food offered in this mountainous region a bit [...] ...more

Baked Frittata With Potatoes, Mushrooms, Tomatoes & Goat Cheese

Having four chickens, we have a regular supply of fresh eggs which is wonderful and one of the things I truly love about our time each year in Umbria. There are days however, if I haven’t been in the kitchen baking that our egg dispenser in the refrigerator is literally over flowing. On those days, [...] ...more