Hearty and Healthy Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables

  This can be served warm as a side dish or cooler as a salad. This makes a large family or party sized dish. With the nutty grain and addition of fruit (raisins) this dish brings forth Sicilian style, making Continue reading Hearty and Healthy Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables

Heat: A Late Book Review, Another Look at Italian Food and Culture

It took us too many years to read Bill Buford’s Heat. We’re not huge fans of the Food Network shows, so reading about a chef, just because he’s on TV, isn’t quite to our liking. What incited this reading of Continue reading Heat: A Late Book Review, Another Look at Italian Food and Culture

The Tucci Family Cookbook

Over a hundred years ago, my Tucci ancestors emigrated from Campobasso. Syracuse is the first point of residence that I remember and a branch settled in Cortland by the early 20th Century. We still think of Cortland as the home Continue reading The Tucci Family Cookbook

Cappuccino’s Pasta Salad

Some time ago, there was a small café in Newport, RI, called Cappuccino’s. It seemed that I enjoyed their pasta salad for days on end and eventually deconstructed it to develop a similar recipe. This has become a summertime favorite Continue reading Cappuccino’s Pasta Salad

Live the Good Life in Tuscany

Are you dreaming of Tuscany? We can help with our step by step guide: 1. Order a Tuscan extra virgin olive oil from Olio2go. This week, we’re recommending Pace da Poggio Etrusco from the estate of Pamela Sheldon Johns. We Continue reading Live the Good Life in Tuscany

A Tale of Two Biscotti

My passions for Italian food and culture are carried forth in any number of ways. I visit every “Italian store” I can find (often comparing it to the store of my childhood, Bari Imports, with its barrels of baccala). If Continue reading A Tale of Two Biscotti

A Tribute to Nonna: Recipes My Nonna Taught Me

Over a dozen years ago, Francena captured the recipes she learned at her grandmother’s side and recorded them as a gift to future generations. Since that time, this charming and folksy cookbook has sold 10,000 copies. Filled with family photos Continue reading A Tribute to Nonna: Recipes My Nonna Taught Me