Un bel panino // The perfect sandwich

As a young girl, I spent many summers in the Campania region of Italy. One of my favorite everyday things to eat was a panino. A panino is the Italian word for sandwich, but it is nothing like the sandwiches that are often called “Italian” in the United States. It is easy to make, tasty […]

Un posto a tavola // Transitioning to spring

I have noticed a little “spring” in my step. Yes, it’s that time of the year and I feel myself yearning to make the transition to warmer weather, lighter clothes and fresher fare. I am enjoying the dark mornings, knowing that my evenings will be bright. It feels great to wear my trusty jean jacket, […]

My word for 2017 is…

Andiamo! Wait…ANDIAMO? When the new year arrived, I realized I hadn’t decided what my word for 2017 would be. Last year, it was present, and having that word as a frame of reference proved to be helpful. Referring to it became the gentle nudge I needed when I started to revert to worrying again. I actually […]

Un posto a tavola // Autumn 2016

I love this time of year— it’s my favorite, actually. I love that it’s starting to get a little cooler and a bit more crisp out. I love the excitement of going back to school and the hope that comes with it…   More than anything— this stems from my parents. They were both immigrants and […]

Un posto a tavola // Summer 2016

Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy dining al fresco with family and friends. Dining al fresco is simply eating outside; it requires very little and has the ability to top off a beautiful day perfectly, to make an ordinary day more special, or to brighten up even the toughest of days.  In the spirit of […]

Un posto a tavola // Spring 2016

Just the other day, I came across the phrase “deliziosamente verde” which translates to “deliciously green” and describes my appreciation for spring perfectly. Spring always makes me think of all those “deliciously green” things like fresh herbs growing near my kitchen window, classic Italian green sauces, yummy grilled salads, big juicy artichokes, and beautiful olive trees.  […]

Un posto a tavola… A place at my table

late winter 2016 Favorite Dinners The warm weather is on its way, but it’s not here yet… my body is still craving warm, hearty dishes.  My husband and boys are craving that too – especially after a long swim practice. These straight out of the oven dinners are just what they need. These two dishes […]

It’s all about the ingredients

I love being Italian.  Both of my parents were born in Italy and made a point of raising me to appreciate my heritage, in addition to valuing the freedom and opportunity that America provides.  The Italian culture focuses on family and the everyday beauty around us. My most cherished memories involve eating for hours around […]

A family gathering…Ciamella Party!

As part of our “market research” (okay, mostly an excuse to make yummy food with family and friends) we recently threw a Ciamella party!   What is Ciamella, you ask? A delicious bread that has the consistency of a bagel but with Italian flavors. {See Recipe here!} Making the bread can be quite the process— […]

Soffritto

Italian Soffritto is similar to the French mirepoix… In Italian, it means “underfried,” which refers to the fact that each element is lightly browned. It is composed of onion, carrot and celery. Some recipes call for 2 parts onion to 1 part carrot and 1 part celery, but Patricia says her ratio is probably closer […]