Spicy Eggplant Salad with Mint and Garlic

This Calabrian dish is one of my favorite ways to eat eggplant in the summer. It has a simple set of ingredients that come together perfectly with the right execution. It takes about a day for the eggplant to marinate, but it will last refrigerated for about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks. Ingredients 8 Italian […]

Friendship Cup

I first heard of this drink while scouring some of my authentic Italian cookbooks, and finally had it during one of my solo trips to Italy. It’s quirky, intense, fun, and eminently drinkable. It’s Italian name is La Coppa dell’Amicizia and it’s a mix of espresso, grappa, wine, sugar, and lemon zest. It’s traditionally served […]

Spring Peas with Porcini

This dish, called Piselli al Porcini, is my variation on a classic peas and prosciutto dish. It’s a very simple dish and the trick to it is to use dried porcini instead of fresh ones. It’s also very easy to make this dish without the oil, too. Ingredients 1/4 cup of dried porcini 1 small […]

Bruschetta Three Ways

Bruschetta, pronounced brew-skett-uh in Italian, is both simple and exquisite, rustic and fancy at the same time. Whenever I have my grill going, I always think of pulling out a loaf of bread and garlic and making a quick snack of bruschetta. While you will get the best flavor by far on the grill, you […]

One Pot Orecchiette

This recipe is a simple variation of my favorite orecchiette recipe, without as much mess. It can all be made in one pot and putting it together only takes a few minutes. Minimal cleanup, minimal work, maximum flavor. I love that. Ingredients 10 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tablespoons of olive oil (omit this for […]

Artichokes Stuffed with Risotto

I love artichokes and I love risotto, so why not combine them? I couldn’t think of a good reason not to, either. This is one of the first recipes I created many years ago when I was doing research on authentic Italian cuisine and I perfected it during one of the tours I hosted while […]

Orecchiette, Zucchini, and Chanterelles

Orecchiette is a small ear-shaped pasta (hence the name) and the shape makes it perfect for sauces to cling to it. This version is a hybrid of the one we had at the Cilento restaurant and one that I made while I was in Rome. The sauce is very similar to the one used for […]

Panissa (Lemon Chickpea Cakes)

The first time I encountered these, I wasn’t sure if I would like them. They sounded a bit bland, but as soon as I squeezed that lemon juice on top, I quickly found out how wrong I was. These are easy chickpea cakes from Gibraltar that are made in a pan and are deceptively filling. […]