Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons

Chicken tagine with preserved lemons, a wonderful Maroccan dish!

My favorite Maroccan dish by far is Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons. It’s wonderful because the tagine cooking technique yields a tender and flavorful chicken, while the preserved lemons add a tangy touch to the dish. To cook with a tagine you place all of the ingredients inside the tagine at the same time, cover and…

Supplì al Telefono: Roman-style Stuffed Rice Balls

Luscious meat and cheese stuffed rice balls

Roman-style Stuffed Rice Balls, known in Rome as Supplì al Telefono are a classic of Roman cuisine…the roman version of street food. These luscious rice balls are stuffed with meat and cheese. As you bite into the supplì the melted cheese stretches out and resembles a telephone cord; hence the name “al telefono”. Originally the meat used to…

Banana Nutella Bread

Banana Nutella Bread for dessert

If you love rich banana flavor and a dessert that’s full of chocolatey flavor then Banana Nutella Bread is the dessert for you! It just so happens that chocolate and banana are a heavenly match; the addition of Nutella takes this banana bread to a new level! If you’re looking for intense banana flavor then…

Santa Cecilia Basilica in Trastevere

Exquisite crypt area within the Basilica Santa Cecilia Trastevere

Visitors to Trastevere usually approach the neighborhood from the Ponte Sisto footbridge. It’s a natural thing to do after a walk through Rome’s centro storico. The area is full of people and bustling with life within its many shops, bars and restaurants. And yet if you head just a bit further along the lungotevere to the Tiber Island you’ll reach a…

Tiramisù!

I’ve come to love tiramisù now that I’ve fine tuned my recipe to exactly suit my taste. The key to great tiramisù is to use mascarpone, and to beat the eggs until they’re cloud-fluffy. Of course good espresso and high quality Marsala wine are a given! You can chill tiramisù in a large serving dish…

Italian Cocktails, Mocktails & Liqueurs

Aperol Spritz Cocktail

Italian cocktails and mocktails are frequently low alcohol content and often with a hint of bitter flavor. This is changing with globalization. Italian cocktails and mocktails are now beginning to take on an international flare and resemble those you’d see in the United States and elsewhere. I far prefer the classic Italian cocktails and mocktails that Italians have…

Lemon Poundcake Drizzled with Lemon Glaze

Lemon Poundcake Drizzled with Lemon Glaze Our lemon tree is bursting with lemons and this is no exaggeration. I haven’t counted them but there are hundreds of beautiful lemons. We leave them on the tree all winter long and pick them as we need them each day: for salad dressings and the like. Let’s face it…

Academy of Saint Luke, within the Palazzo Carpegna

Academy of Saint Luke courtyard sculpture

How many times have you walked right by the Academy of Saint Luke (Accademia di San Luca) on your way to visit the nearby Fontana di Trevi and never even noticed it? My guess is many. The next time you’re in the area add the Academy of Saint Luke to your itinerary. It’s an often overlooked jewel…