The Simplicity of Italian Soups

Every Italian homemaker knows that soup is one of the secrets to stretching the food budget. Using leftovers, wilted produce or otherwise inedible bits of meat or bones, a thrifty cook can create a nutritious first course. With the addition of some noodles, potatoes...

What is a Brine?

This past Easter I roasted a whole chicken which turned out so tender the meat fell right off the bones and not a hint of dryness was found on any piece of meat – including the breast. When I was asked at the dinner table why it tasted like this, I said I soaked...

Tips for Making Italian Sausage

There’s just nothing quite like homemade Italian sausage. By controlling the ingredients you put in, you can flavor it however you like,adding everything from juniper berry to fennel and red wine. As daunting as it sounds (cubing meat, grinding it, seasoning it, and...