Rustic Mixed Berry Galette

If you have a hankering for pie, this rustic galette takes all the great qualities from a regular pie –– a browned pastry crust plus a gooey fruit filling minus all the fuss thanks to its free-form style. Keep Reading!

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Rotolini di Melanzane con Pomodorini

You know what’s really good, like really, really good? Fried eggplant wrapped around salty ham and ooey gooey mozzarella! Do I have your attention? …Because one taste of these eggplant rolls and it’s love at first bite! Keep Reading!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Ji Dan Bing: The Chinese Breakfast of Champions – The Woks of Life

When it comes to Chinese breakfast choices–there’s the all-star team: your dumplings, your buns, your you tiao. Keep Reading!

Toronto’s Most Authentic Shui Zhu 水煮肉片 or “Water Boiled Fish”

I’ve found myself on an eternal quest for hunting down the best ethnic eats that Toronto has to offer. I scour Yelp, and head to pockets of Toronto that I never even knew existed, all in the name of finding hidden secrets of tasty success! While on my quest, I find it rightfully just to share some of those secrets  – as a sort of public favor. Keep Reading!

Farinata With Blistered Tomatoes, Roasted Baby Artichokes, Mushrooms and Aioli

Sometimes a slip of the hand creates a culinary perfection, just like, chocolate chip cookies, the upside-down French dessert, tarte tatin or Worcestershire Sauce. As history tells it we can add farinata to this great list of culinary accidents:
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