Recipes

Lenten Prayer Pretzel

Did you know that the pretzel is a traditional food for lent? In fact, the pretzel was actually invented in order to be a simple Lenten snack!  Around the year 610, an Italian monk made a treat for the children who had learned to recite their...

Scrippelle al Brodo

In the mid-1970s, I discovered an Italian cookbook which I consider to be a classic on regional Italian recipes. This book was so astounding that I persuaded the Italian Club to which I belonged to purchase 50 copies and present them to each...

Zeppole di San Giuseppe (St. Joseph's Day Traditional Italian Pastries)

Zeppole di San Giuseppe are traditional Italian cream-filled pastries which are made for the Feast of St Joseph. Use this step by step Zeppole di San Giuseppe recipe for SUBSCRIBE NOW! online + newspaper This section of the article is only...

Limoncello: The Drink of the Amalfi Coast

Almost synonymous with the Amalfi Coast is limoncello, the refreshing liqueur, aperitif and digestivo made from the large lemons grown in Campania. While controversy exists regarding the origins of this popular drink, limoncello prevails as the...

Panzanella piatto dei Poveri

Thirty years ago, when we farmed our land, every farmhouse had a matera (a traditional Umbrian bread cupboard) in the storeroom off the kitchen. This bread cupboard was used for the storing of freshly made bread as well as the huge bags of powdery...

An Umbrian Swiss Chard

Ingredients:  •  Generous bunch of Swiss chard with stems on •  3 Tbsp. Butter •  2 Tbsp. Flour •  ½ qt. Milk  •  Freshly-grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese, q.b.  •  Gorgonzola cheese, q.b. (or...

Pasta ai Gamberi

Ingredients: Small, peeled shrimp 2 Small onions, diced 2 Garlic cloves, peeled and sliced Olive Oil (q.b.) Thyme  Marjoram Tomato pulp 1 lb. Spaghetti Directions: Add diced onion and sliced garlic cloves to a deep frying pan and...

Spelt Focaccia with Kale, Squash and Pecorino

Ingredients:2 C. Spelt flour 1 Envelope dry active yeast 1 C. Warm water 1 Tbsp. Honey 2 Tbsp. Extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt 1 tsp. Chopped rosemary Sea salt, for sprinkling 2 C. Finely shredded stemmed kale, preferably Lacinato SUBSCRIBE...

Spaghetti Mushroom Bolognese

Ingredients:¼ C. Dried porcini mushrooms 6 Tbsp. Extra-virgin olive oil 1 small onion, cut into ¼-inch dice 2 Medium carrots, peeled and cut into ¼-inch dice1 Baby eggplant, peeled and cut into ¼-inch dice  1 lb. Cremini mushrooms, ¼ sliced,...
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