Erminio’s Steamed Mussels in White Wine and Tomato Sauce

In my list of perfect meals, steamed mussels is always near the top. With a bit of wine, herbs, plenty of garlic, tomatoes, and fresh mussels an exceptional meal awaits. Keep Reading!

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Cavatelli con Ceci Neri e Pomodorini

There is something intriguing about black-colored foods, perhaps, it’s because they are not something we get our mouth’s around everyday. Most commonly, there is chocolate, espresso, black beans and Beluga lentils, but even less common is squid ink pasta, charcoal bread, black garlic and black quinoa. Rarer yet are black chickpeas or ceci neri. Keep Reading!

No-Knead Bread

Hands down, easiest bread recipe….ever. No special tools, no kneading and no fancy techniques or ingredients, this bread recipe inspired by Jim Lahey’s popular pugliese sold at his Sullivan Street Bakery, is life-changing. I never dreamed that I could make bread this good. Keep Reading!

Porchetta Pork Tenderloin

If I didn’t have your attention at “porchetta”, then you’ve got to keep reading. Go ahead, drool over the photos and imagine this succulent and flavourful pork tenderloin disguised as a laboriously prepped porchetta coming out of your oven in 45 minutes or less. Keep Reading!

Guacamole Mexicano

There is guacamole and then there is real guacamole. I guess it all depends on where you are and who you talk to, because just like there are hundreds of types of avocados, there too are several recipes for guacamole. Keep Reading!

Cannellini e Scarole

This very simple recipe produces one delicious meal. Cooking cannellini beans very gently in a heavy bottomed pot or casserole dish for several hours on the stove or in the oven, results in a taste that can’t be passed up. Keep Reading!

Easy Ryazhenka (Cultured Baked Milk) Pancakes

Nothing says “GOOD morning” like a hot stack of pancakes! Whether they’re buttermilk, blueberry, or banana chocolate chip, kid’s love ’em and this recipe literally takes 5 minutes to whip up… but there is a “secret” ingredient: Ryazhenka. Keep Reading!

Cookbook Crush! Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence

New cookbook crush! Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence by Emiko Davies

Beautiful pages brimming with life and history that weave around traditional recipes filled with the aromas of Florence. A true cover to cover read, exactly the kind of cookbook that I eat up! Keep Reading!

Simple Is Good: Ceci e Scarole (Chickpeas and Greens)

A staple on Pugliese tables Fave e Chicoria, a puree of fava beans topped with wilted chicory is a fundamental farm style meal that’s cooked in country kitchens from the hill towns scattered throughout Italy. Keep Reading!

What In The World Are Banana Blossoms & More Importantly, How Do You Eat Them!?

You know when you happen upon something unfamiliar and then you encounter it repeatedly? I called it serendipity or fortunate happenstance, but science has another term for it, the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. Mine is currently banana blossoms. Keep Reading!

Make Your Own Hummus

To me, pita bread is like a plate. Layer on an assortment of toppings and tear, roll or slice like a pizza and eat. Keep Reading!

Get Yo Paczki

This morning while sipping my coffee I realized it was Fat Tuesday aka Paczki Day and I was without a paczki. While in some parts of the world revelers are dancing in the streets for carnival, today is the day I always indulge in one (or a few) of Poland’s most calorie-laden pastries, the paczki. Keep Reading!

Okra Gumbo

Today is Mardi Gras and there really is no better way to celebrate than with food. Without a trip to the grocery store I was able to pull together a Creole-Southern classic: Okra Gumbo. Keep Reading!

Paccheri al Forno

An Italian classic layered with love. This is a riff on Nonna’s infamous lasagna. I grew up on classic American lasagna made with cottage cheese, tomatoes, ground meat and Mueller’s lasagna noodles, the ones with the curly edges. It was good, but then, I had my first taste of Nonna’s lasagna and that’s it, American lasagna hit the back burner. Keep Reading!

Shiny Blue Running Tights

As I dressed for my morning run an old memory hit me like a sudden jolt from a sound sleep. As I slid my right leg into my running tights, my brain flashed back 20 years prior to my very first pair. 

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Not Your Grandma’s Casserole: 29 Modern Casserole Recipes

If you can fit it all in one dish, call it a casserole. The beloved retro dinner that touched the hearts of housewives across America is back in a big way. We have 29 revamped one-pot meals that will not only have your taste buds reeling for more, but they’ll save you time and effort too. Keep Reading!