Italian

My Favorite Pizza Dough

January 29, 2021

Making your own pizza dough is so much better than using store bought dough. This is my all-time favorite pizza dough that makes enough for two 12-inch pizzas. You can freeze half of the dough for later if you like. I’ve even used this dough to make homemade cinnamon rolls.

Farro Salad

December 12, 2020

This just might be the perfect dish. It’s beautiful, delicious, healthy and easy to make. Like most good salads, it works well with variations. Try adding a little tuna, or serve it alongside steak or fish. Just be sure to use your best olive oil, and enough salt and pepper. This salad can be made a day ahead. For the best results on the second day, bring it to room temperature before serving and refresh it with a touch of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.

Zuppa Toscana

November 6, 2020

Oh, my goodness talk about comfort food at its best! Loaded with sausage, bacon, potatoes, and kale, it’s so delicious and filling that you and your family will want this classic Zuppa Toscana soup often and you’ll be happy to have leftovers. Serve with crusty Italian bread.

Pasta With Mushrooms & Sausage

November 2, 2020

Porcini mushrooms and sausage are combined to make a delicious sauce for pasta. When I want to lighten this dish up I use turkey sausage. The sauce can be made a day ahead and then reheated before adding the pasta and cheese.

Ciabatta

October 28, 2020

Move over sourdough, it’s time to bake ciabatta. Baking fresh ciabatta take a bit of time, but it’s worth it.

Italian Pear Cake

October 13, 2020

Luscious, ripe pears are a particularly lovely early autumn crop. With their undulating curves and unique shades of pale green, ivory and buckskin tan, a bowl full of pears makes a gorgeous centerpiece. Revel in this season and make this delicious Italian Pear Cake. It’s easy to make and a nice way to use up autumn pears.

Risotto

October 7, 2020

As the weather transitions I like to make heartier dishes and this risotto recipe is one that I like to make often. My basil plant is on its way out and I really need to use it before it is too late. A drizzle of basil oil provides a distinctive finish to many dishes, but especially this risotto.

Pumpkin, Kale & Chicken Noodle Soup

September 29, 2020

The weather is changing and this is when I like to start making soups. I always make sure to make enough for leftovers that are excellent for the next day’s lunch. I like using a short pasta for this soup, but you may use whatever you have on hand.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

September 23, 2020

I make a lot of pizza and don’t really like to buy canned pizza sauce so I make my own and keep it on hand.

Pesto Shrimp Pasta

August 29, 2020

This easy pasta dish is made with homemade basil pesto that you will want to serve for a light and healthy dinner.

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