The first half of my life was very much influenced by my Italian-American surroundings … my paternal relatives, my Brooklyn and Staten Island neighborhoods, and my extended family and friends.
That meant I grew up eating all the traditional “Italian” foods of that era. Continue Reading
It’s October — and that means Halloween. And you know what Halloween means … nothing is quite like what it seems.
The Creative Cooking Crew’s challenge this month is to have some fun with the holiday. I decided to play a little virtual trick or treat. But it turned out more like a ‘trick and treat’. Continue Reading
I’ve got Sicily on my mind. After many trips to Italy, I’m finally looking south and exploring a 2015 trip to Sicily and southern Italy. Yeah, I know, I recently said almost the same thing about a trip to the Yucatan in 2015. I’m doing both.
So, what makes a meatball Sicilian? Continue Reading
This will have you shouting !Olé! or something like that. It’s light and breezy — with lots of punch and crunch. Continue Reading
A really simple, quick and delicious pasta dish. Continue Reading
This dish can be served as a first course, a side dish, a brunch item or a light lunch. Continue Reading
Cauliflower, like brussels sprouts, had a bad reputation for a long time … that is, until the “foodie revolution” slapped cooks upside their collective heads and made them stop boiling, over-cooking, or under-seasoning vegetables.
This month’s Creative Cooking Crew challenge is to present 1 vegetable (or fruit) 3 different ways. Continue Reading
It’s the way I like to eat … balanced food groups and balanced flavors. Pasta with cabbage may seem a strange combination to some. Stranger yet, perhaps, is the addition of raisins. But, trust me, it works. In fact, it more than works. Continue Reading