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What Italian’s crave…Pasta al Pomodoro! (recipe)

What Italian’s crave…Pasta al Pomodoro! (recipe)

I grew up in an Italian Canadian household and if we were ever strapped for time to get dinner on the table quickly, the “go to” was usually “Pasta al pomodoro”. This simply translates to “Pasta with tomatoes”. If there is one dish known throughout Italy, regardless...

Easter memories… Italian sweet bread! (recipe)

Easter memories… Italian sweet bread! (recipe)

It is Easter week and not only does that mean planning family dinners and egg hunts, it means making traditional, Italian Easter bread at my house! I have fond memories of my Aunt Nancy, my mom's sister, baking them for each of the extended families and this was no...

Count down to “La Vigilia” … Christmas Eve…!  (recipe)

Count down to “La Vigilia” … Christmas Eve…! (recipe)

Christmas Eve was a big deal in my childhood home! Being Southern Italian, it meant a few things... savory, potato zeppole (plain or with anchovies), a HUGE seafood, multi-course dinner, Tombola  (Italian style bingo) at my Nonna's house with my extended family,...

Italian inspired, Sticky Buns…for Mom! (recipe)

Italian inspired, Sticky Buns…for Mom! (recipe)

This Sunday is Mother's Day and mothers will be treated extra special! I can say that nothing pleases me more than when someone does the cooking for me on Mother's Day! When my children were little, I often got "Breakfast in Bed" for Mother's Day. This was always...

Ice Day! What’s cooking in my kitchen?(recipe)

Ice Day! What’s cooking in my kitchen?(recipe)

Although I live in Canada, I am not fond of Winter. Just the thought of boots, coats, and scarves has always evoked a long sigh from me! As an adult, I finally acquired proper Winter gear only when I became a mother at 28 years old and realized that if you dress...

Summer is in full swing….and berries are in season! (recipe)

Summer is in full swing….and berries are in season! (recipe)

I love Summer! Beautiful weather, more family time and the beautiful local fruits and vegetables are in full swing! I love to make my old stand by recipes but every once in a while I am introduced to a new ingredient that challenges me. This weekend my husband, the...

Summer is finally here….along with the first asparagus! (recipe)

Summer is finally here….along with the first asparagus! (recipe)

  It is June 26th and we are 5 days into Summer of 2017. I love summer and all the beautiful, seasonal vegetables that come with it! In my part of the country, when we start seeing local asparagus popping up in the grocery stores, that is a sure sign of Summer! I...

Peperoncini and chili infused olive oil……(recipe)

Peperoncini and chili infused olive oil……(recipe)

My family's ancestral region of Calabria is famous for the peperoncini or chili peppers! My childhood home had a large vegetable garden and my parents grew a few varieties of peppers. Once harvested my mother would dry the chili peppers on cookie sheets in the...

Semolina or Semola…what’s the difference? (Pasta recipe)

Semolina or Semola…what’s the difference? (Pasta recipe)

uGrowing up in an Italian-Canadian household my mother always added semola flour to her bread and thick crust pizza doughs. It always gave the dough a lovely yellow tinge and produced wonderful results. It used to be very hard to find in North America but I am finding...

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