Pumpkin Gorgonzola Risotto

Pumpkin Gorgonzola Risotto is the perfect blend of flavors for a creamy and delicious risotto

Pumpkin Gorgonzola Risotto is the perfect blend of flavors for a creamy and delicious risotto! I love just about all cheeses but if I had to pick one as my favorite it would be Gorgonzola. Gorgonzola has a long history dating back to around 880 A.D. Its exact origin isn’t certain and there are many theories…

Potato Leek Soup

Potato leek soup

Potato Leek Soup is tasty, nutritious and a fabulous comfort food in the winter months. Soups in the wintertime are unbeatable; on a day like today that’s gray and dreary, with a constant drizzle of rain, nothing warms the soul more than a cup of hot soup. It’s our go to dinner all winter long,…

Homemade Yogurt

Delicious homemade yogurt, topped with blueberries

Homemade Yogurt is delicious with fresh fruit, or just plain. The best part is how easy homemade yogurt is to make! Exactly a year ago I made my first trip to India. All the food was amazing but what stood out above everything was perhaps the simplest food of all: yogurt. Yogurt in India is…

Ginger Cake with a Maple Glaze

What makes this Ginger Cake with a Maple Glaze so fabulous is the fresh and candied ginger in the cake! The maple glaze is a great addition to the flavors, lathered and drizzled on top of the cake. I often use ginger in stir fry dishes, or blended with olive oil and soy sauce as a salad dressing….

Ravioli Caprese

Ravioli Caprese just made and ready to cook and serve!

Ravioli Caprese have a pillowy, dumpling-like dough filled with mozzarella, caciotta cheese, eggs and fresh marjoram. They’re unlike any other ravioli you’ve ever tried and if ravioli can melt in your mouth, they do! Ravioli Caprese are so distinctly different from any other ravioli because of the way the dough is made, along with its…

Stinging Nettle Fettuccine

Luscious homemade green fettuccine thanks to the addition of some finely minced wild stinging nettle

Stinging Nettle Fettuccine is a gorgeous way to add color to fettuccine! Sometimes foraging happens purely by chance. Yesterday was one of those occasions when my husband and I went for a country walk in our neighborhood and came upon a huge amount of stinging nettle growing in a wooded area. Stinging nettle is not…

Deep-fried Artichokes

Yummy deep fried Roman globe artichokes

Carciofi alla Giudia, or deep-fried Roman globe artichokes, are one of winter’s most delicious side dishes. As the artichoke fries it opens up like a flower and yields a gorgeous golden-brown artichoke. The leaves are crispy and delicious and the inside flesh is tender and wonderful. Deep-fried artichokes are easy to prepare; the most important…

Bernini

The current Bernini exhibition at the Galleria Borghese is the most extensive collection of his works together in a single exhibition. The exhibition closes in mid-February. If you don’t have a chance to see it before it closes, the Galleria Borghese and other locations spotted throughout Rome, are a veritable wealth of Bernini’s works. Not…