Cannoli This is a great activity/dessert for a party or just a way to have fun with the family. The cream is easy to make and then let your imagination run wild with different fillings. Cannoli Cream 2 pounds of ricotta cheese, drained 1 pound cream cheese pound mascarpone Read More>>

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

 This is one of my all-time favorite appetizers and most requested recipes.  I’ve never shared it before, but it is such a perfect dish for this time year I felt I had to.  Enjoy this on the patio with a bottle of Martin Ulisse Trebbiano d’ Abruzzo Read More>>


 Spiedini are wonderful Italian appetizers served on skewers.  The ingredients can resemble a classic shish kebab or a grilled cheese sandwich on a stick, but my all-time favorite is made with thinly sliced veal, prosciutto, and mozzarella cheese.  It is simpl Read More>>

Fish Tacos

 Fish Tacos I had my first fish taco in San Diego.  It was probably one of the best meals I have ever had, not only because it was delicious, but I had just finished basic training for the Navy and it was the first “real” food I had eaten in a while.&nb Read More>>

Chicken Liver Pate

 Chicken Liver Pate This is a great appetizer for a party.  It is elegant yet remarkably easy to prepare.  It also makes a great addition to sandwiches.  Its rich flavor goes well with lunch meats and is a staple on a Vietnamese Banh Mi.  I know you Read More>>

Spinach Ravioli

 Spinach Ravioli Normally making ravioli from scratch, while not extraordinarily difficult, is a daunting task for those who haven’t done it.  This recipe has a filling made from scratch but uses wonton wrappers for the dough.  This is a handy shortcut t Read More>>

Grilled Chicken with Peach Salsa

 Grilled Chicken with Peach Salsa I am very fortunate to be in the Texas Hill Country right now, home to some of the best peaches this side of the Mississippi.  I just got several bushels of peaches from Mountain Home picked that morning by campers from Camp Stewar Read More>>


 The muffaletta is an iconic sandwich from New Orleans but it could easily have come from Italy and indeed probably did with Italian immigrants.  Good bread, a selection of cured meats, a nice cheese, and olive tapenade.  Sounds like Italy to me and it also so Read More>>

Salmon Picatta

Picatta is a wonderful easy to prepare dish that is most often made with veal or chicken, but is also wonderful with fish.  Today I am going to offer a version with salmon.  For a classic picatta which consists of white wine, lemon juice, and capers, the salmon wor Read More>>

Italian Braised Short Ribs

 Italian braised short ribs   I love braising.  It takes a tough cut of meat and makes it tender, juicy and delicious.  When you braise meat on the bone it enhances the flavor even more.  Here I am going to braise short ribs with an Italian flair.&n Read More>>