Latest Recipes and Articles

Tortelloni with Cream Sauce

Tortelloni with Cream Sauce

As our fans know and understand we’re big believers in from scratch cooking but we’re also food pragmatist; that is to say, we understand that homemade food can, at times, be semi-homemade.  Case in point, is a wonderful semi fresh pasta from the Italian company Giovanni Rana.  Giovanni Rana, a 50-year old Italian pasta company with an excellent reputation in […]

Read more ›
Italian White Corn Bread

Italian White Corn Bread

Italian Corn Bread When my wife (then girlfriend) visited my parent’s home for her first Italian themed Thanksgiving she was bewildered by the selection of non traditional Thanksgiving day foods such as pasta, salumi, olives, various vegetables, nuts, fruits, cheeses, and pastries (I offered no explanation, but suggested she eat as much as possible so as to not offend the […]

Read more ›
Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Scordo Thanksgiving Food Tradition My immediate family immigrated from Italy in the early 1970’s and immediately adopted the traditional Thanksgiving meal.  My parents, who lived with my grandparents, tell me the first Scordo Thanksgiving meal featured a whole turkey, mashed potatoes, and something akin to sausage stuffing.  Of course, the meal included other “essential” best Thanksgiving side dishes such as […]

Read more ›
Pasta alla Norma or Pasta with Eggplant, Tomato Sauce, and Ricotta

Pasta alla Norma or Pasta with Eggplant, Tomato Sauce, and Ricotta

Pasta Alla Norma or Pasta with Eggplant, Tomato Sauce, and Ricotta is perhaps the most popular pasta dish to emanate from Sicily.  Pasta alla Norma dates back to the 19th century and the legend goes that it was so popular that it was named after Sicilian composer Bellini’s successful opera Norma to honor both the dish and the opera (according to […]

Read more ›
Baratza Preciso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Baratza Preciso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Baratza Preciso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder If I’ve learned anything about making good coffee is that technique and ingredients are paramount.  For example, if you buy your coffee pre-ground and in bulk your morning cup will most likely be mediocre.  Moreover, if you utilize a traditional drip machine or Keurig style brewer you’re making coffee with the incorrect water temperature […]

Read more ›
Grilled Fennel-Crusted Pork Chops

Grilled Fennel-Crusted Pork Chops

Grilled Fennel-Crusted Pork Chops Pork in the US used to be an awful affair.  That is to say, the meat was often tough and lacked the well marbled (and fatty) composition of pork found in Italy and France, for example.  Fast forward about 20 years and pork chop aficionados can find high quality chops (and other cuts of pork) with […]

Read more ›
Chicken Involtini or Stuffed Chicken Breast

Chicken Involtini or Stuffed Chicken Breast

Chicken Involtini or Stuffed Chicken Breast is a fabulous way to manipulate chicken breast to get the most out of a usually bland cut of chicken.  Our Chicken Involtini or Stuffed Chicken Breast (called Involtini Di Pollo in Italian) recipe features a stuffing made with spinach, mushrooms, and mozzarella.    We also flour our involtini prior to pan frying and then […]

Read more ›
Rok Espresso Maker

Rok Espresso Maker

The Rok Espresso Maker is a $199 manual espresso maker that we wanted to like but just couldn’t grow found of nor use with any consistency.  The Rok is made of high quality aluminum and designed/manufactured with simplicity in mind.  Unfortunately, we had trouble pulling anything close to a decent semi automatic / super automatic type of espresso shot; specifically […]

Read more ›
Cod Sautéed in Olive Oil with Parsley and Garlic

Cod Sautéed in Olive Oil with Parsley and Garlic

The following fish recipe yields a delicious, garlic infused, parsley sauce and delicate, moist cod.  Our cod sautéed in olive oil with parsley and garlic recipe does call for a good amount of olive oil but it forms the base of the green sauce as well as the basting liquid so we suggest you incorporate the entire 1/4 cup of olive […]

Read more ›
What is Italian Mozzarella

What is Italian Mozzarella

Mozzarella has its origins in southern Italy and is a fresh cheese originally made from (water) bufala (female water buffalo) milk  but nowadays is usually made from whole, cow’s, milk.  The technique used to produce mozzarella, and other fresh cheeses,  is referred to as Pasta filata (i.e., “spun paste”) also known as stretched-curd, pulled-curd, and plastic-curd cheeses (which are usually also […]

Read more ›