Recipe for Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Here’s a fantastic inexpensive and quick recipe for making homemade spaghetti sauce. Sure, buying a jar in off the shelf is quick too, but don’t we buy enough prepackaged foods as it is? For this recipe I’ve included another video plus the written...

How to use the Alessi 9090 Stovetop Espresso Maker

Over 5 years ago I wrote a review of the Alessi 9090 stovetop espresso maker.  Why I never did an actual video demonstration on how to actually use it I’ll never know. Regardless, I am now back on the espresso bandwagon and did a recording this past weekend...

Italian Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

This is a wonderful easy to make Italian cauliflower recipe that will certainly help reshape some of the perceptions that this under-appreciated vegetable tends to have. Yes, I’m guilty! What is cauliflower and how do you roast it? Cauliflower is a part of the...

How to Make Lemon Ricotta Pie

If you are not familiar with what a ricotta pie is, don’t worry, either had I until a few years ago. A ricotta pie is similar to a cheesecake in texture and form.  Don’t get confused with a ricotta cake which is more like a regular cake made with lots more...

What is Focaccia?

If you love bread, and you love pizza, then odds are you will love focaccia. First, what is focaccaia (pronounced foh-kaht-tchah)? Focaccia is in my own words, a thick pizza bread seasoned with herbs and/or vegetables.  It’s often described as a flat bread, or...

Lessons I’ve learned from this year’s vegetable garden

One of these years I’ll hopefully be able to have a vegetable garden where I don’t feel like I’m starting from scratch.   It seems every year I try something new, either by choice or necessity (like moving).  This past year was using the Square Foot...

Sauteed Kale with Garlic Recipe

Sauteed kale with garlic is a super easy Italian recipe that requires very few ingredients.  It’s one of those recipes that leaves you feeling so incredibly healthy that the double chocolate gelato hiding in your freezer suddenly seems 100% justified.  ...

Tasty Italian Zucchini Bruschetta Recipe

Here is a fun twist to our standard bruschetta recipe by using zucchini instead of bread slices.  Creative, right?   As you can see in the picture, we swap out the hearty Italian bread with delicious flavorful fresh zucchini slices. This recipe is perfect for a nice...

How to Make Quick Homemade Organic Breadcrumbs

When I started making my own breadcrumbs, it wasn’t because I wanted to. It really came about because I couldn’t find any organic brands in the store (however you can order them online through Amazon or Vitacost).  I still use store bought when I need to...

An Easy Recipe for Fried Zucchini Rounds

It wasn’t until my mid-thirties that I started frying vegetables, (zucchini is one of my favorites as it doesn’t fall apart).  Frying vegetables is so easy it’s almost unreal.  Plus, it’s a great way to show kids (and picky spouses) that...