Pesto with Gnocchi

Nothing says summer like bright green pesto with a salty hint of parmigiano-reggiano, the buttery texture of pine nuts, grassy extra virgin olive oil and a bite of fresh garlic. Over the years, I’ve spent a few summers in Aulla, a town in Northern Tuscany, where the sea meets the mountains.
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Light and Airy Japanese Tempura with Tentsuyu Dipping Sauce

After ramen, tempura is probably one of the most famous Japanese foods outside of Japan. Lightly battered and fried seafood, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, green beans, kabocha pumpkin and whatever else you can imagine are dipped in a sauce and enjoyed with an airy crunch. In Japan, there are entire restaurants devoted to making only tempura, but you can easily recreate Japanese tempura in your own kitchen with a few simple ingredients.
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An Easter Menu

Easter Menu

TO START
Fritelle di Baccalà
Pickled Beet Eggs
Deviled Eggs

SOUP
Stracciatella (Italian Egg Drop Soup)

MAIN
Agnello al Forno (Oven Baked Lamb) with Potatoes

VEGETABLE
Piselli alla Fiorentina (Florentine Style Spring Peas)

DESSERT
Pastiera Napoletana (A Neapolitan Easter Cake)
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Baccalà alla Napoletana: Neapolitan-Style Braised Salt Cod

Baccalà (in Italian) simply means salt cured cod. Cod preserved in this manner can last for years and years, and Campania, a region which includes the city of Naples, boasts the highest consumption of baccalà in all of Italy, so naturally, a Napoletana recipe must be good! Continue reading “Baccalà alla Napoletana: Neapolitan-Style Braised Salt Cod”

Springtime Pea Salad From Quilt Country

If you are no stranger to the simple yet hearty fare from the Pennsylvania Dutch, then this salad will definitely spark a sense of familiarity. Continue reading “Springtime Pea Salad From Quilt Country”

Tender, Fall Off The Bone Barbecue Ribs

Who can resist a finger-lickin’, sticky and sweet bite of classic Southern ribs? Tender, melt in your mouth pork seasoned to perfection and layered with all the right flavors: savory, sour and sweet. But wait, there’s more!

Warm Hummus With Spiced Lamb: My Take On Hummus Awarma

If I had to describe my cooking it would be something along the lines of jet-setting around the globe from the comfort of my very own kitchen. I may have a burst of Asian flavours bubbling in my wok one week and a streak of Italian comfort foods the next. Other days I’m swept away by trying my hand at Persian ash, rolling out dough for stuffed pierogies, roasting chilis and braising pork belly for a taste of the Yucatan or hacking away at the tough skin of the cassava root for a Brazilian moqueca. But wait, there’s more!

The King of Salads: Hail Caesar!

When you’ve dragged yourself from the dredges of winter and you feel the first rays of sunshine warm your cheeks or catch a flutter of a breeze accented with the grass clippings, you know it’s the perfect time to make a big salad for dinner. Keep Reading!

Asparagus & Poached Egg on Greens

As temps inch their way up and sunny days outnumber the grey ones, asparagus begins to bare their tender shoots – a sure sign of spring. …!

Polish Dill Pickle Soup with Brined Croutons

Pucker up pickle lovers! If you have a thing for pickles, then you’ve got to try this soup. Creamy, vinegary, crunchy and warm, it’s everything that a good soup should be. Keep Reading!

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!

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!