Authentic Italian Eggplant Parmesan Melanzane di Parmigiana

Eggplant – about 3 pounds sliced lengthwise in ¼ inch slices 8 oz fresh mozzarella ripped into 1 inch pieces 1 cup flour 2 cups extra virgin olive oil – EVOO – can use virgin oil Parmigiano Reggiano – 1 cup freshly grated Tomato sauce – recipe below Salt sliced eggplant and leave with a …

What’s the difference between Polenta & Grits?

GRITS AND POLENTA Many folks ask us to define the differences between grits and polenta. As we noted, most grits, in the American South, are traditionally made from dent corn. In Italy, most polenta is made from flint corn. Italians began to cultivate flints from the Caribbean around 1500 and developed a then new European …

Super Easy Super Delicious Fruit Crostata from Rome – family Garassini

My good friend Laura Garassini in Rome gave me this family recipe from her sister Carla.  I made this and brought it to friends tonight and they loved it!  I loved it! And it is so easy!  You just have to have a good marmalade since that's the main ingredient. Italian Fruit Crostata Crostata di …

Best Fire Roasted Bell Peppers that don’t even compare to the bottled kind!

These are so delicious with the smoky flavor you get from the fire. They are best when you put them directly on the grill to be scorched by the fire but you can do it the easy way by cooking in the oven on broil.  My Italian family does it directly on the gas flame on …

Which extra virgin Olive oil to buy? Read this and find out!

The real deal: California Olive Ranch, Cobram Estate, Lucini. Kirkland Organic, Lucero (Ascolano), McEvoy Ranch Organic are also noted by Eat Grown Local. The brands that failed to meet the extra virgin olive oil standards, according to a UC Davis 2012 study: Bertolli, Carapelli, Colavita, Star, Pompeian. Eat Grown Local also reports: Filippo Berio, Mazzola, Mezzetta, …

Italian Farro Salad – a healthy ancient grain!

Take a culinary voyage to the Mediterranean with farro, a hearty grain that was a mainstay of the daily diet in ancient Rome. Some say farro is the original ancestor of all other wheat species—“the mother of all wheat.” In ancient Rome, farro was a staple food that provided the main source of nourishment for …

butternut squash, radicchio, spinach pasta sauce

Pappardelle or Paccheri Pasta with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Radicchio These Beautiful colors = good for you! 6-8 ounces pasta (or about half of 1 pound box) 1 small butternut squash (about 1 pound) can substitute sweet potato or acorn squash 5 cups packed spinach leaves (about 1 bunch) plus radicchio optional 2 garlic cloves …

Seared Crispy Fried Chicken Italian Style Cotoletta alla Milanese

Breaded Veal  or Chicken Cutlets Cotoletta is usually served with a lemon wedge to cut the fried-in-butter goodness, but after all that work to get the perfectly golden, crisp breadcrumb coating, some may think it’s a bit counterproductive as it immediately turns your work soggy. Better would be to serve it with a glass of …

Big Batch Basic and Fast Italian Tomato Sauce

 Big Batch Basic Italian Tomato Sauce - some now - more for tomorrow for about 6 pasta dinners for 6 people or more! This is the recipe I use when fresh tomatoes are not in season. Make sure to use a good quality canned tomato like San Marzano tomatoes.  Mutti is the preferred italian brand …

Limoncello in the making! Liquid Gold..A few things I learned about it…

   The finished product- yum! At first there was too much sugar syrup to vodka lemon peel ratio. I knew as it froze in the freezer. I just added a cup of vodka to the whole batch and it solved the problem! It's also not too sweet anymore- it's just right So you want to know …