Italian Tiramisu on a platter

Easy Italian Tiramisu Recipe

Italian Tiramisu Recipe Tell me who doesn’t like Tiramisu? Tiramisu is a coffee-flavored Italian dessert. This Italian Tiramisu Recipe is made from ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavored with cocoa.  Who can resist cream, coffee and sugar together with lady fingers? Not I, said the woman who loves sweet desserts! Oh, did I mention that a little bit of liquor …

Red or White Wine Sangria Spritzer in crystal glasses

Simple Red or White Wine Sangria Spritzer

Easy Red or White Wine Sangria Another weekend gone by and a new work week started!  I had some guests over a few weeks ago and I decided to experiment a little to make two versions of Sangria.  I made a white wine sangria and the other was a red wine sangria. Whether it is Red or White Wine Sangria, the recipe I’m sharing with you today, will remain engraved …

lentil soup in a white bowl

Yummy Lentil Soup

Yummy Lentil Soup Is there anything better than a warm, hearty and satisfying soup to come into from the cold? Well, that is what this Lentil Soup will do.  It will satisfy your whole family. I made this Lentil Soup for the first time last year after I saw my friends order it out at a restaurant.  Needless to say, I was not expecting my friends to sprinkle Parmesan cheese …

Bow-Tie Cookies

Old Fashioned Bow-tie Cookies

Bow-Tie Cookies I’ve always been mesmerized when I go to a baby or bridal shower and see these Bow-tie Cookies. Wondered how did they get those little pastries to resemble a bow-tie? How did they make those? They look so delicate. Are they baked? Are they hard to make? Sometimes they come out at Christmas time too! Up to this point I have tried two variations of these pastries and …

amaretto cookies on a cutting board

Easy Amaretto Cookies

Easy Amaretto Cookies If you have never had an Amaretto Cookie, they are like a little cloud of heaven. Light and fluffy, sweet, nutty and delicious.  This is an Easy Amaretto Cookie recipe that takes you from start to finish using one bowl. Rest assured that who ever tries one of these Amaretto Cookies will be back for another and another and so on!   And best of all your stomach …

coconut macaroons on a cutting board

The Best Coconut Macaroons

The Best Coconut Macaroons These are by far the Best Coconut Macaroons and are so simple to make that a toddler could make them with their eyes closed.  Made with less than 6 (six) ingredients these Coconut Macaroon Cookies will be ready as fast as one, two, and three… Not only are these the Best Coconut Macaroon Cookies, but they have a special ingredient that keeps them moist.  And, you …

Italian Butter Cookies

Amazing Italian Butter Cookies

Amazing Italian Butter Cookies This is a traditional Italian Butter Cookie recipe.  The difference between shortbread cookies and this recipe is that Italian Butter cookies are made adding eggs, which somehow makes them richer as opposed to regular shortbread cookies that are made with butter, sugar and flour alone and not eggs. Try this recipe for Italian Butter Cookies and you will see how different they taste than a traditional …

Mushroom Risotto

Easy Mushroom Risotto

Porcini Mushroom Risotto This is one of those recipes that is made with love over the stove top. But, if you are looking for something quick, this is not the dinner to make tonight. For this recipe, patience is truly a virtue.  The gentle and slow cooking of this Porcini Mushroom Risotto is well worth the wait.  I promise. I used dried Porcini mushrooms for this recipe, however you can …

Roasted Lamb Shanks

Roasted Lamb Shanks

Roasted Lamb Shanks There is nothing more extravagant than Roasted Lamb Shanks for a special dinner.  Lamb doesn’t come cheap and if you are making them, you’ve probably invited some very special people over for the dinner. To be honest, this easy Roasted Lamb Shank Recipe makes a great dinner for two on a night such as Valentines or a Wedding Anniversary. This easy Roasted Lamb Shanks recipe features lamb …

Italian Braised Rabbit Recipe and potatoes in a white dish

Amazing Italian Braised Rabbit Recipe

Italian Style Braised Rabbit – Coniglio Bianco This Italian Braised Rabbit recipe is definitely something different from the regular chicken go-to dinner.  That’s a good thing because sometimes trying to find new things to make can be challenging. We always seem to alternate through the regular dinners we make that include chicken, fish, and pasta. Often, I hear my family saying they want something new for dinner because they are …

Delicious Seefood Risotto in a bowl

Easy Seafood Risotto Recipe

The Most Delicious Seafood Risotto Recipe This is one of those recipes that is made with love over the stove top. But, if you are looking for something quick, this is not the dinner to make tonight. For this recipe, patience is truly a virtue.  The gentle and slow cooking of this Easy Seafood Risotto is well worth the wait.  I promise. It’s really not necessary to use a broth …

Italian Arancini Rice Balls

The Best Italian Arancini di Riso (Rice Balls)

Arancini (Rice Balls) These Italian Arancini are stuffed with Prosciutto, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese. And, yes, these are the ingredients that comfort food is made from. So what are Arancini?  They are an Italian delight.  They come in large 3-4″ rounds or small 2″ rounds.  Made of rice and often stuffed with a ground beef in a tomato sauce, peas and cheese. These little Italian Arancini treasures are dipped …

Marinara Sauce Tomato Sauce

Easy Marinara Sauce

Easy Marinara Sauce What else speaks Italian than a mildly tangy tomato sauce.  This Marinara Sauce recipe is the perfect companion to my Arancini Recipe or to a plate of pasta or gnocchi. This sauce is so easy and simple to make and tastes great. In fact, this Marinara Sauce is so incredibly easy to make that after you make it once, you won’t need to refer to this recipe …

Easy Ground Pork Rotolo

Easy Ground Pork Rotolo (Roll)

Easy Ground Pork Rotolo Do you ever sit there and wonder “what am I going to make tonight”? Or “what can I make that’s simple and I can get in the oven in 10 minutes?”  Well, I’ve got this easy Ground Pork Rotolo recipe that will knock your socks off. This recipe is so simple, but it will wow any crowd!  You can make this pork rotolo with any type …

Pasta with Bolognese Sauce

Easy Bolognese Sauce (Meat Sauce)

Bolognese Sauce What’s better than a tangy Tomato Bolognese Sauce to top pasta or a plate of Gnocchi? (pronounced NEE-OKI) Bolognese Sauce has got to be the heartiest of all pasta sauces.  It’s like literally an entree and second put together all in one.  You can use any type of ground meat to make a Bolognese Sauce, however the most widely used is ground veal or beef. This sauce is …

Strawberry Tiramisu Cake

Amazing Strawberry Tiramisu Cake

Amazing Strawberry Tiramisu Cake So if you thought traditional Tiramisu was decadent, you haven’t tried this Strawberry Tiramisu Cake.  You would never know by looking at it that it is a play on the traditional Tiramisu Cake. This Strawberry Tiramisu Cake is a winning dessert whether you make it for after dinner or make it to bring to a family function. This Strawberry Tiramisu Cake is just as easy to …

zucchini fritters on a plate

Fluffy Italian Zucchini Fritters (Pancakes)

Easy Zucchini Fritters Thanks to my Mom for passing down this recipe for Zucchini Fritters. A delicious side dish made of wholesome ingredients, like fresh zucchini, parmesan cheese, parsley and eggs. Trust me that once you try this recipe for Zucchini Fritters, you will be able to use up all those zucchini from your garden and make this recipe all of the time! Your whole family will loves these including …

Homemade Lasagna on a plate

My Momma’s Homemade Lasagna Recipe

Homemade Lasagna Recipe Every Italian knows that there is nothing like Momma’s Homemade Lasagna.  I can tell you that every time I make it, there are no leftovers. And, because it’s my momma’s recipe, no one makes it better than my one and only mom. Note that not everyone adds boiled eggs to their lasagna, therefore, i’ll leave that up to you to include or leave out. This recipe used …

homemade pizza dough

Fool Proof Homemade Pizza Dough PIzza

Fool Proof Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe You want to make homemade pizza, but you have never made your own dough.  Don’t worry, I’ve got your covered. This is the most amazing fool proof homemade pizza dough recipe I’ve ever come across.  It’s quick and you can either make it by hand or use a stand mixer.  It’s simple and quick and did I mention it’s absolutely foolproof?  It is – …

riso al forno on a plate

Italian Style Rice in the Oven (Riso al Forno)

Rice in the Oven (Riso al Forno) This is not your traditional Risotto.  This is a traditional Italian Style Rice in the Oven or Riso al Forno.  Recipe compliments of my dear mom a passionate and wonderful cook. And while you might think how does one make risotto in the oven, if it can be done, leave it up to an Italian to do it! You can compare this rice …

Osso Buco Veal Shank in a white plate with rice and broccoli

Amazing Osso Buco (Braised Veal Shanks) Recipe

Osso Buco (Braised Veal Shanks) Osso Buco is a great meal for fall or winter. It’s very hearty and although it doesn’t look special – I promise you that your family will love it! Some advice – when you are picking out the meat at the butcher’s window, make sure that you are getting veal instead of beef. Veal is a lot more tender and once braised and cooked you …

Ricotta Pasta

Penne with Tomato Ricotta Sauce

Tomato Ricotta Sauce Tomato Ricotta Sauce is simply a tomato marinara sauce with a little added ingredient called ricotta. And if you have never had ricotta before, let me tell you that some consider it to be a delicacy. Most people have never even thought of adding an unripened cheese into a tomato sauce. But, this is no different than adding parmesan cheese to a plate of pasta or directly …

sfoglia cake on a platter

Homemade Strawberry Sfoglia Cake

Homemade Strawberry Sfoglia Cake If you have ever eaten a Sfoglia Cake, either filled with chantilly cream or a mocha whipped cream, you will love this play on the traditional Sfoglia Cake using a strawberry whipped topping and real strawberries. Now if you don’t have fresh strawberries on hand, you can use frozen if you have them. Amazingly, this  homemade Strawberry Sfoglia cake is made with less than 8 ingredients. …

Crispy Fried Calamari

Homemade Crispy Fried Calamari

Crispy Fried Calamari These Homemade Crispy Fried Calamari aren’t as hard to make at home as you might think.  With just a little bit of flour, salt and squid rings, you’ll be licking your lips in no time. Is there anyone who doesn’t like Fried Calamari?  Not that you know of, right? They are great as an appetizer, or even an entrée with a salad and they are so easy …

Sauteed Rapini on a Plate

Simple Garlic Sauteed Rapini (Broccoli Rabe)

Sauteed Rapini (Broccoli Rabe) Sundried Tomatoes, Garlic and Kalamata Olives make this dish for Sauteed Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) a hit. This Sauteed Rapini (Broccoli Rabe) with Garlic is the perfect side if your are looking for something different from the regular broccoli or spinach you make. This is one of my all time favorite recipes for Sauteed Garlic (Broccoli Rabe).  My mom made this leafy green growing up but I …

Pasta with Carbonara sauce on a plate

Easy Pasta With Carbonara Sauce

Pasta al Carbonara Pasta with a Carbonara Sauce is a great alternative if your are tired of having pasta with tomato sauce.  Made with a few simple ingredients that are in your fridge right now, this Pasta Carbonara will be a winner at dinner tonight! There have been times, when I have stood in front of the fridge and stove and wondered – what am I going to eat or …

Meatloaf with Red Wine Tomato Sauce

Tender Meatloaf with Red Wine Tomato Sauce

Meatloaf with Red Wine Tomato Sauce. This Meatloaf with Red Wine Tomato Sauce is the most tender meatloaf I have every made.  The red wine tomato sauce brings such tang to this meatloaf that it not only intensifies the meatloaf but brings moisture to the dish. Up until now, I had never made a meatloaf. Ok, I made one long time ago, but it was so dry I couldn’t bare …

Creamy Homemade Chocolate Gelato in a Waffle Bowl

Simple 6 Ingredient Creamy Homemade Chocolate Gelato

Homemade Chocolate Gelato This creamy homemade chocolate gelato is made with 5 ingredients and will be the creamiest homemade gelato you have every made. If you don’t like chocolate, no worries, you can swap out the cocoa in this recipe for a 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and make a creamy vanilla homemade gelato. And, it doesn’t stop there.  There are so many other different flavors of gelato like: pistachio, …

Torrone (Nougat) Ice Cream Upside Down in a cone

Easy Torrone (Nougat) Ice Cream Recipe (No Churn)

Torrone (Nougat) Ice Cream This recipe for Torrone (Nougat) Ice Cream is exactly like the one you buy at the corner ice cream parlor!  Make it once and you will not be able to resist putting it down.  I guarantee that you will have dreams about this ice cream. Torrone or also referred to as Nougat which is a hard candy that is usually eaten at holidays like Christmas or …

Rigatoni with Garbanzo Beans and Kale in a plate

Quick and Easy Rigatoni with Garbanzo Beans and Kale

Rigatoni with Garbanzo Beans and Kale This healthy Rigatoni with Garbanzo Beans and Kale makes the perfect supper when you are in a hurry and have no clue what to make.  Rich in protein and made with a few staples you’ve got hidden in your pantry, this Rigatoni with Chickpeas and Kale will turn the hungry into happy satisfied peeps! Tips and Tricks to Making Rigatoni with Garbanzo Beans and Kale …

Bolognese Sauce in a bowl

Easy Bolognese Sauce Recipe (Whole30)

Bolognese Sauce (Whole30) – The Ultimate Tomato Sauce Bolognese sauce has got to be the most decadent of a tomato meat sauce. But don’t worry, it’s not as hard to make as you might think. Not only is this Bolognese sauce recipe thick and tasty, but it is also Whole30 compliant. This sauce is the perfect compliment to top a spaghetti squash or as a filling to zucchini boats or …