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 …

Pasta Alla Carbonara – best one ever from Rome!

I have been on the search for the best way to make Pasta alla Carbonara for years as there are many different opinions on this in Italy. In America they usually don't have a clue as they don't even use real eggs but cream instead. So my last visit to Rome in September at an …

Amberjack Fish speared by my husband in the Lousianna Gulf & Easy Mango Coconut ,lime, jalapeno sauce

Now that I live in the middle of the USA I really appreciate fresh fish; I took this for granted living in Southern California and then Italy where fresh fish reigns and the average person knows fresh from not so fresh. I learned from my Ligurian (Cinque Terre) raised husband to use few spices with …

9 Minute 1 Pot Pasta from Italy – No Kidding!

Check out my Instagram italianjanefood! Read the story here!  This trick comes from a town in Puglia 30 minutes from where we lived 2 years ago!  I tried it and it really works! The great thing about this method is you retain the starchy goodness of the pasta water to result in a creamy sauce …

Fire Roasted Bell Peppers- Peperoni in Italian – On Grill or Gas Stove

These are the baby bells but I do them the same way as the normal size bell peppers. This is one of my Italian husbands' favorite foods! He loves thes as do most Italians and he always notices if I don't do them on the open flame-(under the broiler). You just don't get that same …

Fresh Fish in garlicky tomato sauce- Italian style!

    Fresh Caught Red Snapper in from the Louisiana Shores! When you are landlocked and 7 hours from any ocean it's pretty exciting to get fresh fish! My husband and son went spearfishing -(a 9 hour drive from Chattanooga) and came home with this beauty and a few others too. Being from San Diego …