Sausage and Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini

With summer winding down, now is the time to use up all that seasonal zucchini readily available. Whether from the market, local farm stand or, my neighbor’s back yard, zucchini is my favorite vegetable for stuffing. Filling fresh produce with […]

Tuscan White Beans and Shrimp

As the mother of two teenage boys, I feel like I live in the grocery store. All they do is eat. Sometimes groceries don’t even make it home. My darling children can devour an entire shopping bag of food before […]

Steak Pizzaiola

Sometimes it seems like I make the same thing for dinner every week. Roast chicken, tacos, spaghetti and meatballs, and pizza always seem to be in the weekly rotation. The only time there’s a real change-up in the menu is […]

Grown-Up SpaghettiOs

For New Years Eve, we had a few friends and their kids over for dinner and Spades. It had been a while since we were all together, and I thought good food and spirited competition would be fun. When I […]

Apple Crostata

 A crostata is an Italian baked tart. It’s a rustic dessert made with seasonal fruit wrapped in a simple pastry dough. It’s also an uncomplicated dessert that doesn’t require special baking technique or training. A crostata is an easy way […]

Classic Stuffed Shells

I was born and raised in South Jersey. And whenever I feel nostalgic for my home state, I crave Italian food. Cheesy, saucy, Nona-inspired Italian food. No chain restaurants, please. I’m talking a mom and pop corner trattoria, where the […]

Homemade Marinara Sauce

I learned how to make marinara sauce back in high school. I was studying at a friend’s house, and his mother invited me to stay for dinner. As a teenager with good home training, I offered my help in whatever […]

Fettuccine Alfredo

When I think about a romantic dinner for two, my mind immediately drifts to that famous Bella Notte scene in Lady and the Tramp. I just love how those two infatuated pooches interact with each other. She flutters her eyes at […]

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Fra diavolo translates to “brother devil.”  It’s an old-school Italian sauce that didn’t originate in Italy. It was actually created at a restaurant in Little Italy, New York in the early 20th century. Lobster was the seafood of choice for […]