• Tiramisu


    Tiramisu literally translates to “pick me up” in Italian, and it couldn’t be a more perfect name for this delicious dessert. Made with creamy mascarpone cheese, sugary ladyfingers, and smooth, strong espresso, it’s a long-standing favorite in my family. It […]

  • Brown Sugar Chicken Bites

    Brown Sugar Chicken Bites

    This is the ultimate party appetizer, perfect for a quick get together or a Sunday football game. The combination of sweet brown sugar, smoky chili powder and spicy cayenne is so addictive. This recipe technically serves 4, but if you […]

  • Banana Muffins

    Banana Muffins

    This is my go-to banana bread recipe; I’ve been making it for over 2 years now and it never fails. I don’t always have sour cream on hand, but I’ve made it both with and without and the difference is […]

  • Chicken Cacciatore

    Chicken Cacciatore

    This recipe comes straight to you from my uncle in Modena, who is an accomplished chef and restaurant owner in and around that area. He is easily the most creative and bold cook in our family, always experimenting with new […]

  • Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel

    Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel

    This dish was one of the first meals I ever successfully cooked by myself, when I was around 11 or 12 years old. I had just started experimenting with recipes that I saw on Food Network and there were more […]

  • Strawberry & Nutella Pastry

    Strawberry & Nutella Pastry

    This recipe was born from of a could-not-be-ignored chocolate craving one evening (my husband’s, not mine!). As I was digging through our fridge and pantry trying to find something interesting to make, the ingredients for this dish just popped out […]

  • Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

    Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

    Quinoa is a fairly new addition to our family’s menu but it’s something I’ve been incorporating more frequently because it makes a great blank canvas for lots of interesting flavors. It’s really healthy, full of protein and fiber, and relatively […]

  • Spaghetti Carbonara

    Spaghetti Carbonara

    “Carbonara” refers to a pasta dish made with bacon and eggs. Its name derives from being typically served to Italian coal miners after a long, hard day in the mines. It makes a great lunch or light dinner, and most […]

  • Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

    Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

    Looking for a new, elegant dish to serve this holiday season? These carrots are the perfect side dish to any holiday meal – they’re decadently buttery and sweet, with a nice kick from the cayenne to balance it all out. […]

  • Butternut Squash Risotto

    Butternut Squash Risotto

    Risotto is such a hearty and inexpensive dish, and so versatile. I think the longer cooking time and the fact that you have to “babysit” it a little often deters people, but it’s really a nice alternative to rice and […]


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