Bucatini with Kale, Wild Greens and Ricotta

Bucatini with Kale, Wild Greens and Ricotta

On Saturdays my favorite thing to do is to go to the farmer’s market.  Simple enough but there is just something about seeing the mounds of freshly picked vegetables, feeling the bright sunshine first thing in the morning and walking from tent to tent to see the variety of abundance...
How to Cook with Pantelleria Capers

How to Cook with Pantelleria Capers

Pantelleria Capers. Little flower buds from the volcanic island of Sicily. Packed in dry Mediterranean sea salt, these little gems are considered to be the best in the world.  With so much more flavor than those packed in a briny salt liquid or vinegar, Pantelleria capers taste sweeter and more...
Artichoke Lemon Ricotta Ravioli

Artichoke Lemon Ricotta Ravioli

Little pillows of heaven. That is what ravioli is to me. There is something so incredibly comforting and yet luxurious about a large  ravioli stuffed with a decadent mixture of artichoke, lemon, ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano and herbs.  I am currently obsessed with ravioli and thinking of all kinds of luscious...
Asiago Sopressata Frittata

Asiago Sopressata Frittata

  I am quite picky when it comes to my pizza. While I do love many different types of pizza and think each type has its benefits, there is something about a wood-fired Napolitano pizza that should be treasured above most.    And even pickier than I am, is Mario. ...
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I wish that you were here. I wish that I could share this with you. Have you ever had Panettone bread? A traditional Christmas bread, it is sweet like a brioche and dotted with bits of raisins and apricots. Panettone bread pudding that has been dancing in Marsala wine and bathing in a delicious custard...
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So last week my friend, Trina, invited me over for a small Halloween gathering. A night of snacks and scary movies. Trina owns an Equestrian Riding School. She trains children (and some well-behaved adults) how to ride horses. She enters competitions.  She wins blue ribbons. Her love is horses. Not cooking. So she called me...