Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Pancetta, Red Onion, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Recipe Ingredients: 2 cups fresh pumpkin peeled and chopped in cubes 2 cups risotto rice (Carnaroli and Vialone Nano are best otherwise use Arborio 1 red onion diced 2 garlic cloves minced (optional) thinly sliced pancetta or guanciale - about 4oz are whatever fits in pan 3 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds lightly toasted 3 minutes in …

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 …

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 …

Most Asparagussy Asparagus Risotto you’ve ever Tasted!

I love this risotto because it is so asparagussy! Is that a word? You get this by blending all but the tips with it's cooking liquid and using it as your stock. Then you add vegetable or chicken stock as needed. Recipe: Asparagus Risotto 2 pounds asparagus 300 g or 1 ½ cups Vialone or …