Apple Strudel

          Let’s start with a bit of history about this pastry. Apple Strudel or Apfelstrudel, is a famous Viennese strudel, a popular pastry in Austria and in many parts of Europe that once belonged to the Austro Hungarian Empire. Strudel is related to the Ottoman Empire’s pastry baklava, that came to …

Seafood Padellata or Padellata di Mare

   I don’t think this amazingly delicious Seafood Padellata needs any kind of introduction…. Find detail recipe under Fish & Seafood page.  

Fresh ovoli mushroom salad

Although I will miss summer, I love autumn with its bright colours and an abundance of nutritious fruits and vegetables. Let’s introduce this beautiful season with the king( for me) of fungi: Ovolo.    Today I will share this easy and fast appetizer( under 20 minutes) with ovoli mushroom and shaved parmesan cheese. The best …

Veggies and Calamari fried

School is back, summer is almost over, and the memory of this Veggies and Calamari fried still fills my mind.    I always associate “Fritto Misto” with summer, good times, old friends and a great glass of dry white wine admiring a spectacular sunset at the beach. My kids love a good fritto misto once in a …

Calamari salad bruschetta

Hi amazing friends, I am still chilling out in Italy with family; and I just realized that I haven’t been posting at all for more than a month….too busy eating and my waist line is definitely complaining. This super easy and fast bruschetta is the perfect recipe for lazy summer days and one of the …

Torta delle rose, Rose cake

Torta delle rose, rose cake, is an Italian regional cake more specifically from Mantova. This cake consists of a well proof dough rich in butter and sugar rolled, sliced, arranged in a cake pan and after the last proof it looks like a beautiful bouquet of roses. Little bit of history for this delicious cake. …

Chicken Cacciatora my way

Since I started menu planning my life has been so much easier and stress free, at least food wise. I wake in the morning and I know that most of my preps are done and the only thing left is to pack lunch for the kids and enjoy my day, focusing on what I enjoy …

Potatoes and bell peppers Calabrese style

Let me quote one line from Wikipedia about Italian Cuisine:”Italian cuisine is generally characterized by its simplicity, with many dishes having only two to four main ingredients.”  Potatoes and bell peppers Calabrese style reflects this quote perfectly well….. combining few simple ingredients to produce an amazingly delicious tasty meal.   Enjoy it as a side …

Bolognese sauce

What are the main ingredients for the perfect Bolognese sauce or Ragu alla Bolognese? Ground meat ( Beef or veal and sometimes pork),the classic soffritto (brounise of celery, carrots and onions), tomato paste and wine. In my recipe I use minced beef and I avoid wine. I prepare this recipe twice a month and freeze …

Rice salad or insalata di riso

Do you want to know the secret for an easy, fast and healthy rice salad ready in no time? And I am not talking about opening the jar of Condiriso to add to your rice. Super easy…I usually have prep days…..what I do is peel and slice cucumbers do the same for carrots, wash and …