Month: October 2011

Sardine Skewers with Pumpkin

Sardines, as you have probably already realized by number of times I use them in my recipes, are my favorite because they are economic and versatile. This dish can also be prepared with fresh herring, that have been cleaned and sliced, which you can easily find in the U.S. The […]


Chicken Morsels with Mushrooms

The recipe can be used if you have guests over for dinner. Mushrooms enhance any preparation, adding a special flavor to dishes. I used light cream for this dish. It’s necessary to use mushrooms that are small, white, and well cleaned. If you see champignon mushrooms that have an opaque […]


Pear Tarte Tatin

“Tarte Tatin” is the classic apple pie of French cuisine. It’s a simple and fast dessert, also enjoyed by people who do not love sweets. The acidity of the apple compliments the taste of the buttery puff pastry. Every now and then I vary this dessert using pears.  


Pumpkin Gnocchi

Pumpkin gnocchi became famous in Italy in the late seventies thanks to skilled cooks eager to bring new innovations into the kitchen and at the same time, lighten traditional dishes. I ate this dish for the first time in February of 1979 at a restaurant called “Roma” in Tolmezzo.  


Cheese with Fennel and Hazelnuts

Sometimes in the evening you just do not feel like cooking. In that case, this simple recipe is of great use. Just stop at the supermarket and buy some soft cheese or even sour cream (the cheese in my recipe is stracchino), a fennel bulb, hazelnuts, and some nuts, and […]


Tortellini with Ham and Peas

Surely my readers have used this recipe before because it is a traditional family dish, very popular in the United States. I thought I’d put it because sometimes you may need a hearty meal and also because it definitely appeals to children.  


Rosemary Trout with Potatoes

My brother-in-law Attilio is a skilled fisherman. He has a passion for trout fishing in the many rivers in our region. Whenever he goes fishing, he catches a lot of fish. We benefit from his passion because he always brings over extra trout from his fishing trips. We often get […]


Penne with Squash Blossoms and Shrimp

This year, despite the fact that fall has already arrived, summer has remained for longer than usual. A few days ago, while walking in my Uncle Antonio’s fields, I saw that his pumpkins were continuing to produce flowers and small squash that seem like zucchini. I collected a dozen large […]