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  • Category: Uncategorized  (5)
    •  by: tony

      May 13, 2012, 15:57

      Happy Mother's Day!!!

    • Chia Porridge* by: tony

      May 7, 2012, 15:19

      Ingredients: (serves 2)    A  V  B  Gf 3-4 Tbsp. of chia seeds 2-3 dried sulfate-free fruits (like apricots, dates, prunes, etc.) ½ cup of…

    • Hunter’s chicken  by: tony

      April 16, 2012, 15:43

      Ingredients: (Serves 2)  A  B  Gf  4 organic skinless chicken thighs 1 yellow onion 1 clove of garlic 1 rosemary sprig 4 Tomatoes,…

    • Grilled Zucchini by: tony

      April 9, 2012, 15:35

      Simple and easy, this side dish is perfect with any entrée and for any vegetarian meal. For a tasty lunch, make a Panini with a little olive oil on the…

    • HAPPY EASTER! by: tony

      April 7, 2012, 18:13

      HAPPY EASTER!

  • Category: Dessert  (18)
    • Cornmeal cookies by: tony

      November 29, 2016, 01:53

      It’s cookie time! What is it that makes us crave cookies more than usual during the Holidays? Is it because the cold weather inspire us to bake? Or…

    • Hazelnut Amaretti by: tony

      December 3, 2015, 22:51

        If you are looking for a new recipe to delight family and friends for the Holiday season, these cookies from the Piedmont region of Italy are…

    • Join a CSA ! by: tony

      June 14, 2014, 01:10

      I 'm always trying to inspire people to make good choices, especially when it comes to eating habits. But, in order to motivate others, I know I need to give a…

    • Strawberry Clafouti by: tony

      May 29, 2012, 18:23

      Clafouti is a classic French dessert that can also become a very nice brunch dish. Its execution is very simple, yet the result is rich and pleasant. It’s…

    • Panna Cotta by: tony

      May 3, 2012, 14:51

      I know I promised you a rice dish for today but yesterday my gardening addiction prevailed over my blogging passion and, before I knew, it was time to prepare…

    • Alma’s Apple Cake by: tony

      April 28, 2012, 15:39

      Another recipe from my mother-in-law’s recipe book. My husband decided to include it in the cookbook that he published on behalf of his mom because of a…

    • Sand Cake by: tony

      April 26, 2012, 20:20

      This ancient cake owes its name to its texture, due to roughness of the corn meal. It was traditionally made in the springtime in the countryside near Venice,…

    • Easter Dove Cake by: tony

      April 7, 2012, 16:00

      This cake,  served on Easter Sunday in Northern Italy, is shaped like a dove as a symbol of peace and reconciliation. Since nowadays in Italy it can be bought…

    • Tony’s Holiday Cream  by: tony

      April 7, 2012, 15:51

      This delightful cream is guaranteed to get you tons of compliments from your very pleased guests. I serve it on special occasions - like Christmas or Easter,…

    • Hazelnut cake by: tony

      March 31, 2012, 16:48

                  Last year my husband – while putting some order in his mom’s documents - found a notebook…

    • Zabaione by: tony

      March 31, 2012, 16:29

      Ingredients: (serves 4)  A  V  Gf 4 egg yolks 4 Tbsp. superfine sugar 1/3 cup Marsala or Moscato wine Using a heat-proof bowl, beat the egg…

    • Tiramisù by: tony

      March 24, 2012, 16:41

      In a not so ancient time, when energy drinks and protein shakes didn’t exist, Italian mothers resourced to a very simple but effective tonic: an egg yolk…

    • Poached Pears by: tony

      March 21, 2012, 15:48

              Ingredients: (serves 4 people)  F  W  V  B  Gf 4 organic Bosc pears 1 cup of red wine ½ cup…

    • Apple Strudel by: tony

      March 17, 2012, 21:29

      It’s Saturday morning and it keeps raining. Crazy March: last weekend it looked like spring was here to stay and today we are back to winter again. The…

    • Corn cake - Torta Maisotta by: tony

      March 10, 2012, 02:26

      Torta Maisotta is a specialty of Piedmont, a region in northwestern Italy. It’s naturally gluten-free, easy to make, perfect for dessert or for breakfast. Fo…

    • KC's Apple Cake by: tony

      February 25, 2012, 01:53

      Ingredients: (serves 8)   A  V  B 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. cloves ½ tsp. nutmeg 4…

    • Baked apple by: tony

      February 21, 2012, 01:36

      Ingredients: (Serves 4)  W  V  B  Gf* 4 apples 2 Tbsp. raisins 1Tbsp. pine nuts 1 Tbsp. pecan nuts, chopped 1 Tbsp. honey 2 oranges 2…

    • Apple flan by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 18:31

      Ingredients: (serves 6)  F  W  V  Gf 2 lbs. of apples 3 eggs 2 Tbsp. of sugar 1 Tbsp. of butter ½  cup of water ½ teaspoons cinnamon a…

  • Category: Appetizer  (18)
    • Carpione by: tony

      August 12, 2017, 01:48

      Carpione is an Italian ancient way of preparing food to preserve it during the warm season without refrigeration. There are many regional variations of…

    • Chicken salad by: tony

      August 10, 2017, 23:32

      Chicken leftovers? No problem! Last night I roasted a whole chicken, definitely too much for the two of us, especially because I don’t like its flavor if I…

    • Celery root salad by: tony

      August 10, 2017, 23:03

      A variation of the traditional coleslaw, this simple recipe is a quick solution for an appetizer or a fresh side dish. Hard to believe that such an easy recipe…

    • Veal Carpaccio with celery  by: tony

      January 12, 2013, 18:20

      This easy and tasty recipe doesn't require any cooking since the raw meat is “cooked” by its marinade. Invented in the '50s by Giuseppe Cipriani, the…

    • Tuna and Artichoke salad by: tony

      May 30, 2012, 18:23

      This simple salad is so versatile that you will not only love it but it will also become one of your favorite problem-solving recipes. In fact it makes a…

    • Farinata  by: tony

      May 25, 2012, 21:33

      Typical of the Northwestern part of Italy (Piedmont, Liguria and northern Tuscany), the name Farinata used to designate all recipes made with different flours…

    • Veal with tuna sauce by: tony

      May 18, 2012, 15:31

      Today I’m introducing this nice summer entrée or appetizer for the carnivores among you. The combination of surf and turf might sound odd but it’s…

    • Guacamole* by: tony

      May 5, 2012, 13:28

      How could I forget that today it’s Cinco de Mayo? Actually I did, but a friend reminded me a few minutes ago. It must be because in the area where I live…

    • Vegetable Strudel  by: tony

      May 1, 2012, 16:11

      Delightful as a warm appetizer or as a light vegetarian entrée, this strudel is easy and simple to make and yet it makes a great impression. It can be made…

    • Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Eggs Appetizer by: tony

      April 30, 2012, 15:37

       This week I’m going to suggest an entire menu, starting with a cold appetizer, followed by a warm one (that can double as a light entree), to continue with…

    • Cheese Biscuits* by: tony

      April 21, 2012, 16:07

      Once you read its ingredients, you’ll have no doubt that this inviting appetizer falls into my “indulgence” category. Easy and quick to make, it…

    • Spinach Flan by: tony

      April 19, 2012, 15:47

      Let’s start using the Béchamel sauce I introduced recently. We can think of Flan as an easy version of soufflé since its preparation doesn’t need as…

    • Russian Salad by: tony

      April 17, 2012, 15:24

      This salad is as Russian as French fries are French. I wouldn’t even call it a salad, but an appetizer. I guess that cooks name their creations in the…

    • Roasted bell peppers by: tony

      March 13, 2012, 23:16

      Roasted bell peppers make the perfect side dish for white meats and are a very good base for sauces. They freeze well and thaw fast. Cook some extra ones to…

    • Zucchini Frittata by: tony

      March 13, 2012, 01:58

       Frittata is one of my lifesaving dishes: it’s quick and easy to make, nutritious, tasty and almost everybody likes it. Moreover, it can be cooked with many…

    • Eggplant parmigiana with feta cheese by: tony

      February 29, 2012, 01:50

      Ingredients: (for 2 people)  Sr  V  B  Gf 1 big eggplant or 2 small ones 2 ripe tomatoes 5 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil Basil, approx. 30 …

    • Salmon cakes with caper sauce* by: tony

      February 24, 2012, 20:00

      Ingredients: (serves 2)  A  B  Gf 6 to 8 oz. of raw salmon, cut into small cubes 1 egg 1/3 cup of ground walnuts** 1/2 cup chopped fresh…

    • Hummus by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 21:53

      Hummus - a Middle Eastern dish - is a delicious spread or dip rich in iron, vitamin C and vitamin B6. It can be served with different kinds of bread or with…

  • Category: Side Dish  (32)
    • Chicken salad by: tony

      August 10, 2017, 23:32

      Chicken leftovers? No problem! Last night I roasted a whole chicken, definitely too much for the two of us, especially because I don’t like its flavor if I…

    • Celery root salad by: tony

      August 10, 2017, 23:03

      A variation of the traditional coleslaw, this simple recipe is a quick solution for an appetizer or a fresh side dish. Hard to believe that such an easy recipe…

    • Beets and feta salad by: tony

      January 12, 2013, 01:52

      Ingredients: (serves 4)  F  W  B  V  Gf 1 bag of organic arugula 2 red beets (cooked) 1 fennel 3 oz. of Feta cheese ¼ cup of roasted…

    • Smoked Salmon and Fennel Risotto by: tony

      December 27, 2012, 01:03

      The other night I was craving for something new and original and, after browsing recipes for half an hour without finding anything inspiring, I opened my…

    • Lentils Salad * by: tony

      November 1, 2012, 00:51

      This salad can be eaten warm or cold. Instead of lentils, you can also use black-eyed peas, soybeans, chickpeas, etc. It gets particularly high in proteins…

    • Roman Gnocchi by: tony

      June 15, 2012, 17:13

      Roman gnocchi are semolina flour dumplings that make a fabulous entrée or a side dish. Their taste is surprisingly delicate because, during the cooking…

    • Farinata  by: tony

      May 25, 2012, 21:33

      Typical of the Northwestern part of Italy (Piedmont, Liguria and northern Tuscany), the name Farinata used to designate all recipes made with different flours…

    • Guacamole* by: tony

      May 5, 2012, 13:28

      How could I forget that today it’s Cinco de Mayo? Actually I did, but a friend reminded me a few minutes ago. It must be because in the area where I live…

    • Roasted Potatoes by: tony

      April 16, 2012, 15:37

      Ingredients: (serves 4)  A  V  B  Gf 1 lb. potatoes (Yukon gold or fingerling) a few sprigs of rosemary 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced 5…

    • Artichoke risotto by: tony

      April 13, 2012, 13:57

      Ingredients: (for 4 people)  Sp  F  B  Gf 2 medium artichokes 10 oz. of rice (Arborio or Carnaroli) 1 clove of garlic 1 Tbsp. of chopped…

    • Idli by: tony

      April 11, 2012, 16:27

      Three years ago, when I had to change my diet because of some food intolerances, at first I found it difficult to replace the things I was no longer allowed to…

    • Grilled Zucchini by: tony

      April 9, 2012, 15:35

      Simple and easy, this side dish is perfect with any entrée and for any vegetarian meal. For a tasty lunch, make a Panini with a little olive oil on the…

    • Marinated Zucchini by: tony

      March 28, 2012, 16:15

      Yesterday I went to Modesto and I discovered - by pure chance – Greens Market. While I was waiting at a traffic light, I was captivated by the colorful logo…

    • Carrot Salad by: tony

      March 27, 2012, 16:09

      As you might have noticed, at the beginning of the week I’m in an eat-your-veggies mood. I cannot say if it’s because I feel renewed after the weekend (and…

    • Curry Carrots by: tony

      March 27, 2012, 16:07

      Ingredients: (serves 4 people)  Sp  V  B  Gf 1 ½ lb. organic carrots 4 Tbsp. of Evoo 2 tsp. curry powder salt pepper Preheat the oven at…

    • Lemon Rice by: tony

      March 26, 2012, 15:59

      Quoting Antoine De Saint-Exupery "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." Cooking doesn't…

    • Braised lentils by: tony

      March 22, 2012, 16:06

      Lentils are legumes rich in essential amino acids, folic acid, vitamin B1 and fiber. Being seeds, they are very rich in protein (about 30% of their weight) and…

    • Ratatouille by: tony

      March 20, 2012, 16:57

      Over the years I’ve come across several different recipes of ratatouille. Although the basic ingredients are always the same (onions, tomatoes, bell peppers,…

    • Winter Ratatouille by: tony

      March 20, 2012, 16:51

      Ingredients: (serves 6 to 8)   W  B  V  Gf 1 yellow onion 1 red bell pepper 1 yellow bell pepper 1 green bell pepper 1 eggplant 2 cups of…

    • Summer Ratatouille by: tony

      March 20, 2012, 16:46

      Ingredients: (serves 6)   Sr  B  V  Gf 1 yellow onion 1 yellow bell pepper 1 red bell pepper 1 green bell pepper 1 eggplant 6 tomatoes,…

    • Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar by: tony

      March 17, 2012, 23:11

      Here in California it’s officially spring when the local asparagus make their appearance in farmers’ markets. You can tell they are fresh because they cook…

    • Asparagus Risotto by: tony

      March 17, 2012, 23:05

      Ingredients: (for 4 people)   Sp  V  B  Gf 10 - 12 spears of organic green asparagus 10 oz. of rice (Arborio or Carnaroli) A pot of boiling…

    • Roasted bell peppers by: tony

      March 13, 2012, 23:16

      Roasted bell peppers make the perfect side dish for white meats and are a very good base for sauces. They freeze well and thaw fast. Cook some extra ones to…

    • Grilled eggplant  by: tony

      March 8, 2012, 01:23

      Ingredients: (for 2 people)  Sr  V  B  Gf 1 eggplant 4 Tbsp. Evoo Salt A few leaves of basil Peel the eggplant and cut it into rounds…

    • Gratinated fennel by: tony

      March 1, 2012, 19:10

      Ingredients: (for 2 people)  W  B  V  Gf 2 fennel bulbs 3 Tbsp. EVOO 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated Salt to taste Discard the green…

    • Eggplant parmigiana with feta cheese by: tony

      February 29, 2012, 01:50

      Ingredients: (for 2 people)  Sr  V  B  Gf 1 big eggplant or 2 small ones 2 ripe tomatoes 5 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil Basil, approx. 30 …

    • Belgian endive with red vinegar  by: tony

      February 24, 2012, 20:13

      Ingredients: (Serves 2)  A  V  B  Gf 3 heads of Belgian endive 2tsp. of butter 2 Tbsp. of EVOO 4 Tbsp. of red wine vinegar 1 pinch of…

    • Mushroom risotto by: tony

      February 21, 2012, 00:27

      Ingredients: (for 4 people)  F  W  V  B  Gf 1 oz. of dried porcini mushrooms 10 oz. of rice (Arborio or Carnaroli) A pot of boiling water 2…

    • Risotto by: tony

      February 21, 2012, 00:09

      Risotto is easy and quick to cook, it makes a great impression, is very filling, and also very versatile. It can be made with almost anything from asparagus to…

    • Radicchio with ginger by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 22:40

      Ingredients: (serves 2)  W  V  Gf 1 head of radicchio 1 yellow onion Ginger 2 teaspoons of powdered sugar 3 Tablespoons of EVOO 1 pinch…

    • Grilled Romaine Lettuce by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 22:27

      Ingredients: (for 4 people)  A  B  V  Gf 2 heads of organic Romaine lettuce 6 Tbsp. of red vinegar 6 Tbsp. of EVOO 10 canned anchovies Cut…

    • Potato salad by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 21:52

      Ingredients: (for 2 people)  A  V  B  Gf 4 medium organic potatoes 3 Tbsp. of organic apple cider vinegar 3-4 Tbsp. of EVOO 1 Tbsp. of…

  • Category: Vegetables  (23)
    • Carpione by: tony

      August 12, 2017, 01:48

      Carpione is an Italian ancient way of preparing food to preserve it during the warm season without refrigeration. There are many regional variations of…

    • Beets and feta salad by: tony

      January 12, 2013, 01:52

      Ingredients: (serves 4)  F  W  B  V  Gf 1 bag of organic arugula 2 red beets (cooked) 1 fennel 3 oz. of Feta cheese ¼ cup of roasted…

    • Lentils Salad * by: tony

      November 1, 2012, 00:51

      This salad can be eaten warm or cold. Instead of lentils, you can also use black-eyed peas, soybeans, chickpeas, etc. It gets particularly high in proteins…

    • Citrus salad * by: tony

      April 23, 2012, 15:44

      Ingredients: (serves 4)  A  V  Gf  B 5 oz.  lamb's lettuce 
(mache) 4 oz. Belgian endive 2 oranges 1 pink grapefruit 6 dates 1…

    • Grilled Zucchini by: tony

      April 9, 2012, 15:35

      Simple and easy, this side dish is perfect with any entrée and for any vegetarian meal. For a tasty lunch, make a Panini with a little olive oil on the…

    • Baby Spinach salad with Granny Smith Apples and Roquefort  by: tony

      April 2, 2012, 15:54

      In cuisine as in relationships, sometimes opposites attract and the connection works miraculously well, like in this salad, where each ingredient balances the…

    • Marinated Zucchini by: tony

      March 28, 2012, 16:15

      Yesterday I went to Modesto and I discovered - by pure chance – Greens Market. While I was waiting at a traffic light, I was captivated by the colorful logo…

    • Carrot Salad by: tony

      March 27, 2012, 16:09

      As you might have noticed, at the beginning of the week I’m in an eat-your-veggies mood. I cannot say if it’s because I feel renewed after the weekend (and…

    • Curry Carrots by: tony

      March 27, 2012, 16:07

      Ingredients: (serves 4 people)  Sp  V  B  Gf 1 ½ lb. organic carrots 4 Tbsp. of Evoo 2 tsp. curry powder salt pepper Preheat the oven at…

    • Celery Root Salad by: tony

      March 26, 2012, 16:50

      Celery root, or Celeriac, is rich in fiber, vitamin C, potassium and phosphorus. Although very simple, this salad is always a success for its originality and…

    • Braised lentils by: tony

      March 22, 2012, 16:06

      Lentils are legumes rich in essential amino acids, folic acid, vitamin B1 and fiber. Being seeds, they are very rich in protein (about 30% of their weight) and…

    • Ratatouille by: tony

      March 20, 2012, 16:57

      Over the years I’ve come across several different recipes of ratatouille. Although the basic ingredients are always the same (onions, tomatoes, bell peppers,…

    • Winter Ratatouille by: tony

      March 20, 2012, 16:51

      Ingredients: (serves 6 to 8)   W  B  V  Gf 1 yellow onion 1 red bell pepper 1 yellow bell pepper 1 green bell pepper 1 eggplant 2 cups of…

    • Summer Ratatouille by: tony

      March 20, 2012, 16:46

      Ingredients: (serves 6)   Sr  B  V  Gf 1 yellow onion 1 yellow bell pepper 1 red bell pepper 1 green bell pepper 1 eggplant 6 tomatoes,…

    • Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar by: tony

      March 17, 2012, 23:11

      Here in California it’s officially spring when the local asparagus make their appearance in farmers’ markets. You can tell they are fresh because they cook…

    • Asparagus Milanese by: tony

      March 17, 2012, 23:07

      Ingredients: (serves 4 people)  Sp  V  B  Gf 1 ½ lb. of organic green asparagus 4 organic eggs 2 Tbsp. of butter 4 Tbsp. of grated Parmesan…

    • Roasted bell peppers by: tony

      March 13, 2012, 23:16

      Roasted bell peppers make the perfect side dish for white meats and are a very good base for sauces. They freeze well and thaw fast. Cook some extra ones to…

    • Apple and celery salad* by: tony

      March 10, 2012, 16:39

      Ingredients: (for 4 people)  A  V  B  Gf 1 lb. celery 2 tart apples 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 3 Tbsp. chopped walnuts Dressing: 200 g. of…

    • Grilled eggplant  by: tony

      March 8, 2012, 01:23

      Ingredients: (for 2 people)  Sr  V  B  Gf 1 eggplant 4 Tbsp. Evoo Salt A few leaves of basil Peel the eggplant and cut it into rounds…

    • Gratinated fennel by: tony

      March 1, 2012, 19:10

      Ingredients: (for 2 people)  W  B  V  Gf 2 fennel bulbs 3 Tbsp. EVOO 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated Salt to taste Discard the green…

    • Eggplant parmigiana with feta cheese by: tony

      February 29, 2012, 01:50

      Ingredients: (for 2 people)  Sr  V  B  Gf 1 big eggplant or 2 small ones 2 ripe tomatoes 5 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil Basil, approx. 30 …

    • Radicchio with ginger by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 22:40

      Ingredients: (serves 2)  W  V  Gf 1 head of radicchio 1 yellow onion Ginger 2 teaspoons of powdered sugar 3 Tablespoons of EVOO 1 pinch…

    • Grilled Romaine Lettuce by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 22:27

      Ingredients: (for 4 people)  A  B  V  Gf 2 heads of organic Romaine lettuce 6 Tbsp. of red vinegar 6 Tbsp. of EVOO 10 canned anchovies Cut…

  • Category: Salad  (18)
    • Chicken salad by: tony

      August 10, 2017, 23:32

      Chicken leftovers? No problem! Last night I roasted a whole chicken, definitely too much for the two of us, especially because I don’t like its flavor if I…

    • Beets and feta salad by: tony

      January 12, 2013, 01:52

      Ingredients: (serves 4)  F  W  B  V  Gf 1 bag of organic arugula 2 red beets (cooked) 1 fennel 3 oz. of Feta cheese ¼ cup of roasted…

    • Lentils Salad * by: tony

      November 1, 2012, 00:51

      This salad can be eaten warm or cold. Instead of lentils, you can also use black-eyed peas, soybeans, chickpeas, etc. It gets particularly high in proteins…

    • Power Greens Salad with Lentils and Feta Cheese by: tony

      October 18, 2012, 22:49

      The colder weather and the shorter days find me wanting for richer, warmer dishes. This tasty, rich salad is ideal for a lunch or for a light supper. This…

    • Calafia’s Grilled Asparagus Salad* by: tony

      September 10, 2012, 19:23

      There are restaurants and Restaurants and that is because there are chefs and Chefs. I don’t know about you, but I prefer those that start with a capital…

    • Golden Beets with Queso Seco* by: tony

      September 10, 2012, 19:19

      Ingredients: (serves 2)   Sp  Sr  V  B  Gf 1.5 cups cooked, peeled, and diced golden beets 2 cups raw English peas 1 shaved clove of elephant…

    • Tuna and Artichoke salad by: tony

      May 30, 2012, 18:23

      This simple salad is so versatile that you will not only love it but it will also become one of your favorite problem-solving recipes. In fact it makes a…

    • Niçoise Salad by: tony

      May 2, 2012, 16:07

      As soon as the weather warms up, I desire more salads and the Niçoise is one of my favorites. It reminds me of the French Riviera, of summer vacations, of…

    • Asparagus and Tomato Salad* by: tony

      April 24, 2012, 16:30

      Asparagus keep playing their star role in Farmers’ Markets while tomatoes and basil are making their first appearance. Since their overlapping season is…

    • Citrus salad * by: tony

      April 23, 2012, 15:44

      Ingredients: (serves 4)  A  V  Gf  B 5 oz.  lamb's lettuce 
(mache) 4 oz. Belgian endive 2 oranges 1 pink grapefruit 6 dates 1…

    • Baby Spinach salad with Granny Smith Apples and Roquefort  by: tony

      April 2, 2012, 15:54

      In cuisine as in relationships, sometimes opposites attract and the connection works miraculously well, like in this salad, where each ingredient balances the…

    • Carrot Salad by: tony

      March 27, 2012, 16:09

      As you might have noticed, at the beginning of the week I’m in an eat-your-veggies mood. I cannot say if it’s because I feel renewed after the weekend (and…

    • Celery Root Salad by: tony

      March 26, 2012, 16:50

      Celery root, or Celeriac, is rich in fiber, vitamin C, potassium and phosphorus. Although very simple, this salad is always a success for its originality and…

    • Apple and celery salad* by: tony

      March 10, 2012, 16:39

      Ingredients: (for 4 people)  A  V  B  Gf 1 lb. celery 2 tart apples 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 3 Tbsp. chopped walnuts Dressing: 200 g. of…

    • Mixed greens with avocado, celery and walnuts  by: tony

      February 21, 2012, 01:13

      By now you must know my passion for avocado and for nuts. I not only like their taste, but I also appreciate the fact that they are rich in healthy, unsaturated…

    • Celery and Beans salad by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 21:39

      Ingredients: (for 2 people)   A  V  B  Gf  1 heart of celery 1 red or yellow bell pepper 1 can of organic white or pinto beans 1 handful of…

    • Beet and goat cheese salad by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 21:03

      Ingredients: (serves 2)  A  V  B Gf 1 bag of organic mixed greens 1 red or yellow beet (cooked) Soft and fresh goat cheese A small handful…

    • Arugula, Fennel and Orange Salad by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 20:55

      Ingredients: (serves 4)  W  V  B  Gf 1/3 lb. organic arugula 2 big oranges (preferably Cara Cara or Blood) 1 sweet anise (aka fennel) 1 Tbsp. of…

  • Category: Indulgence  (21)
    • Cornmeal cookies by: tony

      November 29, 2016, 01:53

      It’s cookie time! What is it that makes us crave cookies more than usual during the Holidays? Is it because the cold weather inspire us to bake? Or…

    • Pasta with Swordfish*  by: tony

      January 16, 2013, 02:11

      Sometimes I crave for a dish that is completely out of season but so good that I have to make it, against my rule that all the ingredients should be seasonal. …

    • Roman Gnocchi by: tony

      June 15, 2012, 17:13

      Roman gnocchi are semolina flour dumplings that make a fabulous entrée or a side dish. Their taste is surprisingly delicate because, during the cooking…

    • Ravioli with Spinach and Ricotta by: tony

      June 14, 2012, 03:07

      The incredulous looks on people’s face when I tell them what I cooked for my birthday have convinced me that I must be one of the very few persons who cook…

    • Panna Cotta by: tony

      May 3, 2012, 14:51

      I know I promised you a rice dish for today but yesterday my gardening addiction prevailed over my blogging passion and, before I knew, it was time to prepare…

    • Alma’s Apple Cake by: tony

      April 28, 2012, 15:39

      Another recipe from my mother-in-law’s recipe book. My husband decided to include it in the cookbook that he published on behalf of his mom because of a…

    • Sand Cake by: tony

      April 26, 2012, 20:20

      This ancient cake owes its name to its texture, due to roughness of the corn meal. It was traditionally made in the springtime in the countryside near Venice,…

    • Cheese Biscuits* by: tony

      April 21, 2012, 16:07

      Once you read its ingredients, you’ll have no doubt that this inviting appetizer falls into my “indulgence” category. Easy and quick to make, it…

    • Béchamel Sauce by: tony

      April 14, 2012, 17:44

      Today I will introduce a sauce. Not just any sauce, but a very important one that you can – and will – use in many recipes because of its versatility and…

    • Easter Dove Cake by: tony

      April 7, 2012, 16:00

      This cake,  served on Easter Sunday in Northern Italy, is shaped like a dove as a symbol of peace and reconciliation. Since nowadays in Italy it can be bought…

    • Tony’s Holiday Cream  by: tony

      April 7, 2012, 15:51

      This delightful cream is guaranteed to get you tons of compliments from your very pleased guests. I serve it on special occasions - like Christmas or Easter,…

    • Easter Egg Pie by: tony

      April 3, 2012, 16:11

      This Easter Egg Pie is my modernized version of Torta Pasqualina, a savory pie traditionally made for Easter Monday, when Italians take a daily trip in the…

    • Hazelnut cake by: tony

      March 31, 2012, 16:48

                  Last year my husband – while putting some order in his mom’s documents - found a notebook…

    • Zabaione by: tony

      March 31, 2012, 16:29

      Ingredients: (serves 4)  A  V  Gf 4 egg yolks 4 Tbsp. superfine sugar 1/3 cup Marsala or Moscato wine Using a heat-proof bowl, beat the egg…

    • Lamb with Chickpeas, Raisins and Couscous by: tony

      March 29, 2012, 15:48

      It’s time to think about the Easter menu. In my family, it has always been a tradition to cook lamb for the Easter lunch and I’m keeping this custom alive,…

    • Oven Roasted Lamb with fingerling potatoes by: tony

      March 29, 2012, 15:43

      Ingredients: (serves 6 to 8 people)  Sp  Gf 3 pounds lamb shoulder 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced 1/2 cup Evoo a few sprigs of rosemary Salt…

    • Tiramisù by: tony

      March 24, 2012, 16:41

      In a not so ancient time, when energy drinks and protein shakes didn’t exist, Italian mothers resourced to a very simple but effective tonic: an egg yolk…

    • Apple Strudel by: tony

      March 17, 2012, 21:29

      It’s Saturday morning and it keeps raining. Crazy March: last weekend it looked like spring was here to stay and today we are back to winter again. The…

    • Corn cake - Torta Maisotta by: tony

      March 10, 2012, 02:26

      Torta Maisotta is a specialty of Piedmont, a region in northwestern Italy. It’s naturally gluten-free, easy to make, perfect for dessert or for breakfast. Fo…

    • KC's Apple Cake by: tony

      February 25, 2012, 01:53

      Ingredients: (serves 8)   A  V  B 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. cloves ½ tsp. nutmeg 4…

    • Ravioli with meat filling by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 23:06

      Ingredients: (makes about 8 dozens) For the filling: 1lb. of mixed ground meat (veal, pork, and beef) 1 carrot 1 stalk of celery half yellow…

  • Category: Entree  (44)
    • Carpione by: tony

      August 12, 2017, 01:48

      Carpione is an Italian ancient way of preparing food to preserve it during the warm season without refrigeration. There are many regional variations of…

    • Chicken salad by: tony

      August 10, 2017, 23:32

      Chicken leftovers? No problem! Last night I roasted a whole chicken, definitely too much for the two of us, especially because I don’t like its flavor if I…

    • Pasta with Swordfish*  by: tony

      January 16, 2013, 02:11

      Sometimes I crave for a dish that is completely out of season but so good that I have to make it, against my rule that all the ingredients should be seasonal. …

    • Veal Carpaccio with celery  by: tony

      January 12, 2013, 18:20

      This easy and tasty recipe doesn't require any cooking since the raw meat is “cooked” by its marinade. Invented in the '50s by Giuseppe Cipriani, the…

    • Beets and feta salad by: tony

      January 12, 2013, 01:52

      Ingredients: (serves 4)  F  W  B  V  Gf 1 bag of organic arugula 2 red beets (cooked) 1 fennel 3 oz. of Feta cheese ¼ cup of roasted…

    • Smoked Salmon and Fennel Risotto by: tony

      December 27, 2012, 01:03

      The other night I was craving for something new and original and, after browsing recipes for half an hour without finding anything inspiring, I opened my…

    • Swiss Chard with Rice and Poached Egg by: tony

      October 23, 2012, 16:18

      This simple and quick recipe combines all you need for a nutritious breakfast or a simple lunch: a leafy green low in calories but high in Vitamin C,…

    • Golden Beets with Queso Seco* by: tony

      September 10, 2012, 19:19

      Ingredients: (serves 2)   Sp  Sr  V  B  Gf 1.5 cups cooked, peeled, and diced golden beets 2 cups raw English peas 1 shaved clove of elephant…

    • Roman Gnocchi by: tony

      June 15, 2012, 17:13

      Roman gnocchi are semolina flour dumplings that make a fabulous entrée or a side dish. Their taste is surprisingly delicate because, during the cooking…

    • Ravioli with Spinach and Ricotta by: tony

      June 14, 2012, 03:07

      The incredulous looks on people’s face when I tell them what I cooked for my birthday have convinced me that I must be one of the very few persons who cook…

    • Veal with tuna sauce by: tony

      May 18, 2012, 15:31

      Today I’m introducing this nice summer entrée or appetizer for the carnivores among you. The combination of surf and turf might sound odd but it’s…

    • Rice Salad by: tony

      May 5, 2012, 13:25

      Almost a staple in the Italian summers when it’s too hot to eat anything warm, this rice salad is guaranteed to bring back the appetite with its fresh mix of…

    • Tuscan Cod by: tony

      May 4, 2012, 15:00

      Ingredients: (serves 2)  A  Gf  (with rice flour) 4 pieces (as big as a deck of cards) of frozen* or fresh cod 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour  (rice…

    • Vegetable Strudel  by: tony

      May 1, 2012, 16:11

      Delightful as a warm appetizer or as a light vegetarian entrée, this strudel is easy and simple to make and yet it makes a great impression. It can be made…

    • Salmon à la Francoise by: tony

      April 20, 2012, 16:09

      This recipe is named after a dear friend of mine, who cooked this recipe for me a couple of weeks ago. Simple yet delightful, its preparation requires some…

    • Spinach Flan by: tony

      April 19, 2012, 15:47

      Let’s start using the Béchamel sauce I introduced recently. We can think of Flan as an easy version of soufflé since its preparation doesn’t need as…

    • Turkey meatballs with spinach by: tony

      April 18, 2012, 16:12

      This light version of meatballs has become a favorite recipe in my family. I always make a lot of them because they make a wonderful leftover and they…

    • Hunter’s chicken  by: tony

      April 16, 2012, 15:43

      Ingredients: (Serves 2)  A  B  Gf  4 organic skinless chicken thighs 1 yellow onion 1 clove of garlic 1 rosemary sprig 4 Tomatoes,…

    • Artichoke risotto by: tony

      April 13, 2012, 13:57

      Ingredients: (for 4 people)  Sp  F  B  Gf 2 medium artichokes 10 oz. of rice (Arborio or Carnaroli) 1 clove of garlic 1 Tbsp. of chopped…

    • Turkey roast with cranberries and rosemary by: tony

      April 12, 2012, 17:31

      This original presentation is guaranteed to get your guests’ attention and their compliments, too! Turkey and cranberries are a winning combination,…

    • Idli by: tony

      April 11, 2012, 16:27

      Three years ago, when I had to change my diet because of some food intolerances, at first I found it difficult to replace the things I was no longer allowed to…

    • Cauliflower rice with coconut milk and spice* by: tony

      April 10, 2012, 15:34

      Ingredients: (serves 4)  A  V  Gf  B 1 cauliflower 1 onion 1 clove of garlic 3 Tbsp. butter 1 ½  cups coconut milk 3 Tbsp. lime or…

    • Salmon in egg sauce by: tony

      April 6, 2012, 15:33

      Light and rich at the same time, this recipe is perfect for Good Friday. Serve it with steamed asparagus and my Potato Salad (see recipe) and you'll have a…

    • Easter Egg Pie by: tony

      April 3, 2012, 16:11

      This Easter Egg Pie is my modernized version of Torta Pasqualina, a savory pie traditionally made for Easter Monday, when Italians take a daily trip in the…

    • Ahi Tuna with pineapple salsa by: tony

      March 30, 2012, 16:13

      It’s Friday and it’s Lent. Not that I need religious reasons to eat fish, but it makes me feel good to respect the traditions I grew up with. The only…

    • Lamb with Chickpeas, Raisins and Couscous by: tony

      March 29, 2012, 15:48

      It’s time to think about the Easter menu. In my family, it has always been a tradition to cook lamb for the Easter lunch and I’m keeping this custom alive,…

    • Oven Roasted Lamb with fingerling potatoes by: tony

      March 29, 2012, 15:43

      Ingredients: (serves 6 to 8 people)  Sp  Gf 3 pounds lamb shoulder 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced 1/2 cup Evoo a few sprigs of rosemary Salt…

    • Quick and easy tortilla wraps by: tony

      March 23, 2012, 16:38

      Who isn’t in a rush, raise your hand! I don’t know why, but things tend to pile up by the end of the week. We find ourselves dashing to finish all the…

    • Pan-roasted turkey in walnut sauce by: tony

      March 19, 2012, 16:28

      Another day, another recipe. Lets start the week with a light, white-meat dinner. Turkey is lean, rich in folic acid, and is a good source of vitamins B, B1,…

    • Asparagus Milanese by: tony

      March 17, 2012, 23:07

      Ingredients: (serves 4 people)  Sp  V  B  Gf 1 ½ lb. of organic green asparagus 4 organic eggs 2 Tbsp. of butter 4 Tbsp. of grated Parmesan…

    • Asparagus Risotto by: tony

      March 17, 2012, 23:05

      Ingredients: (for 4 people)   Sp  V  B  Gf 10 - 12 spears of organic green asparagus 10 oz. of rice (Arborio or Carnaroli) A pot of boiling…

    • Halibut with basil pesto by: tony

      March 17, 2012, 21:56

      Ingredients:  (Serves 2)   A  B  Gf 2 halibut fillets, about 5 oz. each 4 Tbsp. basil pesto (see recipe) 3-4 Tbsp. of EVOO Himalayan…

    • Zucchini Frittata by: tony

      March 13, 2012, 01:58

       Frittata is one of my lifesaving dishes: it’s quick and easy to make, nutritious, tasty and almost everybody likes it. Moreover, it can be cooked with many…

    • Easy Shrimp Tacos by: tony

      March 11, 2012, 23:55

      Looking for an idea for an easy lunch? You've found it in this quick, fresh, and tasty taco. Impromptu dinner with friends? Double or triple the doses and…

    • Mediterranean salmon by: tony

      March 1, 2012, 23:50

      Ingredients: (for 6 people)  A  B  Gf 1 big fillet of wild salmon, approx. 2 lb. 3 yellow onions 4 big ripe tomatoes a few leaves of basil…

    • Salmon with orange and mint  by: tony

      March 1, 2012, 19:46

      Ingredients: (for 4 people)  A  B  Gf A nice fillet of wild salmon, approx. 1 ½ lb. 3-4 Tablespoons of fresh orange juice 1 whole orange A…

    • Eggs Benefit* by: tony

      March 1, 2012, 01:29

      This is a healthier, lighter version of the Eggs Benedict. Although I must admit that the original recipe is delicious, this variation is a good alternative…

    • Chicken tenders with lemon and sage by: tony

      March 1, 2012, 00:53

      Ingredients: (for 2 people)  A  B  Gf ½ lb. of organic chicken breast tenders 1 lemon 4 Tbsp. of brown rice flour 3 Tablespoons of olive…

    • Eggplant parmigiana with feta cheese by: tony

      February 29, 2012, 01:50

      Ingredients: (for 2 people)  Sr  V  B  Gf 1 big eggplant or 2 small ones 2 ripe tomatoes 5 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil Basil, approx. 30 …

    • Salmon cakes with caper sauce* by: tony

      February 24, 2012, 20:00

      Ingredients: (serves 2)  A  B  Gf 6 to 8 oz. of raw salmon, cut into small cubes 1 egg 1/3 cup of ground walnuts** 1/2 cup chopped fresh…

    • Stuffed Tilapia by: tony

      February 21, 2012, 01:49

      Ingredients: (serves 2)  F  W  B  Gf 8 small tilapia fillets* 2 medium potatoes 2 Tbsp. of capers, chopped 2 tsp. of chopped fennel (the green…

    • Mushroom risotto by: tony

      February 21, 2012, 00:27

      Ingredients: (for 4 people)  F  W  V  B  Gf 1 oz. of dried porcini mushrooms 10 oz. of rice (Arborio or Carnaroli) A pot of boiling water 2…

    • Risotto by: tony

      February 21, 2012, 00:09

      Risotto is easy and quick to cook, it makes a great impression, is very filling, and also very versatile. It can be made with almost anything from asparagus to…

    • Cod with leeks by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 21:46

      Ingredients: (for 2 people)   A  B  Gf 4 pieces of frozen or fresh cod, approx. 10 oz. 2 leeks (only the white part, cut in rounds) Some Italian…

  • Category: Seafood  (12)
    • Carpione by: tony

      August 12, 2017, 01:48

      Carpione is an Italian ancient way of preparing food to preserve it during the warm season without refrigeration. There are many regional variations of…

    • Pasta with Swordfish*  by: tony

      January 16, 2013, 02:11

      Sometimes I crave for a dish that is completely out of season but so good that I have to make it, against my rule that all the ingredients should be seasonal. …

    • Tuscan Cod by: tony

      May 4, 2012, 15:00

      Ingredients: (serves 2)  A  Gf  (with rice flour) 4 pieces (as big as a deck of cards) of frozen* or fresh cod 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour  (rice…

    • Salmon à la Francoise by: tony

      April 20, 2012, 16:09

      This recipe is named after a dear friend of mine, who cooked this recipe for me a couple of weeks ago. Simple yet delightful, its preparation requires some…

    • Salmon in egg sauce by: tony

      April 6, 2012, 15:33

      Light and rich at the same time, this recipe is perfect for Good Friday. Serve it with steamed asparagus and my Potato Salad (see recipe) and you'll have a…

    • Ahi Tuna with pineapple salsa by: tony

      March 30, 2012, 16:13

      It’s Friday and it’s Lent. Not that I need religious reasons to eat fish, but it makes me feel good to respect the traditions I grew up with. The only…

    • Halibut with basil pesto by: tony

      March 17, 2012, 21:56

      Ingredients:  (Serves 2)   A  B  Gf 2 halibut fillets, about 5 oz. each 4 Tbsp. basil pesto (see recipe) 3-4 Tbsp. of EVOO Himalayan…

    • Easy Shrimp Tacos by: tony

      March 11, 2012, 23:55

      Looking for an idea for an easy lunch? You've found it in this quick, fresh, and tasty taco. Impromptu dinner with friends? Double or triple the doses and…

    • Mediterranean salmon by: tony

      March 1, 2012, 23:50

      Ingredients: (for 6 people)  A  B  Gf 1 big fillet of wild salmon, approx. 2 lb. 3 yellow onions 4 big ripe tomatoes a few leaves of basil…

    • Salmon cakes with caper sauce* by: tony

      February 24, 2012, 20:00

      Ingredients: (serves 2)  A  B  Gf 6 to 8 oz. of raw salmon, cut into small cubes 1 egg 1/3 cup of ground walnuts** 1/2 cup chopped fresh…

    • Stuffed Tilapia by: tony

      February 21, 2012, 01:49

      Ingredients: (serves 2)  F  W  B  Gf 8 small tilapia fillets* 2 medium potatoes 2 Tbsp. of capers, chopped 2 tsp. of chopped fennel (the green…

    • Cod with leeks by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 21:46

      Ingredients: (for 2 people)   A  B  Gf 4 pieces of frozen or fresh cod, approx. 10 oz. 2 leeks (only the white part, cut in rounds) Some Italian…

  • Category: Poultry  (8)
    • Carpione by: tony

      August 12, 2017, 01:48

      Carpione is an Italian ancient way of preparing food to preserve it during the warm season without refrigeration. There are many regional variations of…

    • Chicken salad by: tony

      August 10, 2017, 23:32

      Chicken leftovers? No problem! Last night I roasted a whole chicken, definitely too much for the two of us, especially because I don’t like its flavor if I…

    • Turkey meatballs with spinach by: tony

      April 18, 2012, 16:12

      This light version of meatballs has become a favorite recipe in my family. I always make a lot of them because they make a wonderful leftover and they…

    • Hunter’s chicken  by: tony

      April 16, 2012, 15:43

      Ingredients: (Serves 2)  A  B  Gf  4 organic skinless chicken thighs 1 yellow onion 1 clove of garlic 1 rosemary sprig 4 Tomatoes,…

    • Turkey roast with cranberries and rosemary by: tony

      April 12, 2012, 17:31

      This original presentation is guaranteed to get your guests’ attention and their compliments, too! Turkey and cranberries are a winning combination,…

    • Chicken broth by: tony

      March 26, 2012, 16:28

      Ingredients: (serves 4 people)  A  V  B  Gf 2 quarts of water 1 whole chicken breast, with the bone 1 onion 2 stalks of celery 1 carrot a…

    • Pan-roasted turkey in walnut sauce by: tony

      March 19, 2012, 16:28

      Another day, another recipe. Lets start the week with a light, white-meat dinner. Turkey is lean, rich in folic acid, and is a good source of vitamins B, B1,…

    • Chicken tenders with lemon and sage by: tony

      March 1, 2012, 00:53

      Ingredients: (for 2 people)  A  B  Gf ½ lb. of organic chicken breast tenders 1 lemon 4 Tbsp. of brown rice flour 3 Tablespoons of olive…

  • Category: Soup  (10)
    • Minestrone by: tony

      November 14, 2014, 01:27

      In Italian the word minestrone literally means “big soup”, in contrast with the simpler and lighter minestra. It’s a rich and satisfying soup of mixed…

    • Chickpea Soup by: tony

      November 2, 2012, 16:46

      During a recent trip to Italy, my dear friend Marisa kept praising the products of a flour mill in a nearby village so enthusiastically that we ended up making…

    • Carrot, Squash and Ginger Soup by: tony

      November 1, 2012, 23:30

      My Dear Readers, I’d like to express my deepest sympathy to all those of you affected by the devastation of hurricane Sandy. I hope that you and your…

    • Ginger Carrot Soup by: tony

      April 28, 2012, 01:23

      Although the season is warming up, the evenings can be cool and at dinnertime I still like the idea of a warming soup, like this all-time favorite. Steam a…

    • Squash Soup by: tony

      April 2, 2012, 16:05

      Here in Northern California spring weather can be very capricious. Last Friday the temperature suddenly dropped, the clouds rolled in and that night it began…

    • Chicken broth by: tony

      March 26, 2012, 16:28

      Ingredients: (serves 4 people)  A  V  B  Gf 2 quarts of water 1 whole chicken breast, with the bone 1 onion 2 stalks of celery 1 carrot a…

    • Bell pepper soup* by: tony

      March 10, 2012, 02:50

      Ingredients: (for 4 people)  A  V  B  Gf 1 red bell pepper 1 yellow pepper 1 onion ½ clove of garlic 1 tablespoon canola oil 60 g. ground…

    • Passatelli in chicken broth* by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 22:23

       Ingredients: (serves 4)  W  F  B  Gf* 2 quarts of chicken stock (see separate recipe) 2 large eggs 1 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese ¾…

    • Tuscan tomato & bread soup or Pappa col pomodoro by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 22:20

      Ingredients: (serves 4)  F  W  B  V ¾ lb. Farmer’s bread (pain Pascal from Trader Joe’s is perfect) 1lb. ripe tomatoes, seeds and skin…

    • Lentils soup by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 22:15

      Ingredients: (serves 4)  F  W  B  V  Gf 6 cups of water 1 carrot (chopped) 1 celery stalk  (chopped) 1 medium potato (cubed) 1 leek…

  • Category: Sauce  (8)
    • Cranberry orange relish by: tony

      November 29, 2016, 20:01

      This classic with a twist is perfect for your Thanksgiving turkey as well as for chicken, pork or as used as a jam. Ingredients: (serves 8)    F W …

    • Béchamel Sauce by: tony

      April 14, 2012, 17:44

      Today I will introduce a sauce. Not just any sauce, but a very important one that you can – and will – use in many recipes because of its versatility and…

    • Ghee by: tony

      April 11, 2012, 16:02

      Ghee is a clarified butter, used in India and throughout South Asia in daily cooking. It has a distinctive toasted flavor, often described as nutty. Ghee is…

    • Pesto with spinach, celery leaves and macadamia nuts by: tony

      March 1, 2012, 00:49

      Ingredients: A  V  B Gf 1 oz. of fresh celery leaves 1 oz. of spinach leaves 2 Tbsp. of macadamia nuts 6 Tablespoons of olive oil 1 oz. of…

    • Tomato sauce with kalamata olives and capers by: tony

      February 29, 2012, 23:36

      This is the perfect sauce for any kind of pasta, quick and easy. Please remember that pasta doesn’t have to swim in sauce. For Italian standards, this is the…

    • Tomato sauce by: tony

      February 29, 2012, 02:54

      I use my tomato sauce in many recipes, so I make plenty of it in the summer and I can it for the winter. I prefer it to the commercial one because I know what…

    • Mayonnaise by: tony

      February 22, 2012, 01:45

      Ingredients: A  V  B  Gf 1 egg a few drops of lemon juice 1 cup of olive oil a pinch of salt Break the egg in the plastic beaker of your…

    • Basil Pesto by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 22:36

      Pesto is an ancient recipe from Liguria, also known as Italian Riviera. It's almost impossible to grow a basil that equals the smell and taste of the one grown…

  • Category: Pasta  (6)
    • Pasta with Swordfish*  by: tony

      January 16, 2013, 02:11

      Sometimes I crave for a dish that is completely out of season but so good that I have to make it, against my rule that all the ingredients should be seasonal. …

    • Ravioli with Spinach and Ricotta by: tony

      June 14, 2012, 03:07

      The incredulous looks on people’s face when I tell them what I cooked for my birthday have convinced me that I must be one of the very few persons who cook…

    • Pasta with Pesto Sauce by: tony

      May 9, 2012, 14:57

      Let’s make a nice pasta dish, for a change. This is how they make it in the Italian Riviera, not just with the pesto sauce but with potatoes and green beans…

    • Pasta salad or Penne à la Checca* by: tony

      April 5, 2012, 23:05

      Planning your Easter Brunch? This recipe is ideal because you won’t have to worry about the pasta getting cold. For an even healthier version, make it with…

    • Pasta with potatoes and broccoli by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 23:58

                Ingredients: (for 4 people)   A  V  B  Gf* 9 oz. of short dry pasta (like penne or rotini) 1…

    • Ravioli with meat filling by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 23:06

      Ingredients: (makes about 8 dozens) For the filling: 1lb. of mixed ground meat (veal, pork, and beef) 1 carrot 1 stalk of celery half yellow…

  • Category: Breakfast  (11)
    • Join a CSA ! by: tony

      June 14, 2014, 01:10

      I 'm always trying to inspire people to make good choices, especially when it comes to eating habits. But, in order to motivate others, I know I need to give a…

    • Swiss Chard with Rice and Poached Egg by: tony

      October 23, 2012, 16:18

      This simple and quick recipe combines all you need for a nutritious breakfast or a simple lunch: a leafy green low in calories but high in Vitamin C,…

    • Raw Quinoa Porridge* by: tony

      October 22, 2012, 21:11

      This porridge contains a lot of good protein. It’s perfect for breakfast or as a revitalizing snack after exercising.   Ingredients: (serves 2)  …

    • Strawberry Clafouti by: tony

      May 29, 2012, 18:23

      Clafouti is a classic French dessert that can also become a very nice brunch dish. Its execution is very simple, yet the result is rich and pleasant. It’s…

    • Chia Porridge* by: tony

      May 7, 2012, 15:19

      Ingredients: (serves 2)    A  V  B  Gf 3-4 Tbsp. of chia seeds 2-3 dried sulfate-free fruits (like apricots, dates, prunes, etc.) ½ cup of…

    • Ideas for breakfast by: tony

      April 15, 2012, 16:53

       If I were a car, I would have one of those old diesel engines that need to be warmed up. My mornings start slowly, very slowly. I’m so grumpy that my son…

    • Idli by: tony

      April 11, 2012, 16:27

      Three years ago, when I had to change my diet because of some food intolerances, at first I found it difficult to replace the things I was no longer allowed to…

    • Quick and easy tortilla wraps by: tony

      March 23, 2012, 16:38

      Who isn’t in a rush, raise your hand! I don’t know why, but things tend to pile up by the end of the week. We find ourselves dashing to finish all the…

    • Zucchini Frittata by: tony

      March 13, 2012, 01:58

       Frittata is one of my lifesaving dishes: it’s quick and easy to make, nutritious, tasty and almost everybody likes it. Moreover, it can be cooked with many…

    • Corn cake - Torta Maisotta by: tony

      March 10, 2012, 02:26

      Torta Maisotta is a specialty of Piedmont, a region in northwestern Italy. It’s naturally gluten-free, easy to make, perfect for dessert or for breakfast. Fo…

    • Eggs Benefit* by: tony

      March 1, 2012, 01:29

      This is a healthier, lighter version of the Eggs Benedict. Although I must admit that the original recipe is delicious, this variation is a good alternative…

  • Category: Article  (14)
    • Join a CSA ! by: tony

      June 14, 2014, 01:10

      I 'm always trying to inspire people to make good choices, especially when it comes to eating habits. But, in order to motivate others, I know I need to give a…

    • Diabetes Awareness by: tony

      November 26, 2013, 02:48

      November is Diabetes Awareness Month. The key word in the sentence above might seem Diabetes, but it’s indeed Awareness. Be aware of what you eat, be…

    • Tips for Eating Right While Traveling by: tony

      April 26, 2013, 16:49

      Cole Millen, an avid traveler and foodie, has asked me to post this article to share the tips and tricks that he has learned in his experiences of traveling…

    • Food for Thought  by: tony

      October 24, 2012, 16:38

      Instead of a new dish, today I’m posting a video worth one thousand healthy recipes, and certainly your time and your consideration. If you are still…

    • Cancer and the Importance of Nutrition by Jillian Mckee by: tony

      July 19, 2012, 21:55

      The other day I received a request to post an article on the importance of nutrition for cancer patients. After reading it, I could only agree that what its…

    • I’m back! by: tony

      May 18, 2012, 01:34

      Some of my aficionados have been complaining that I haven’t posted any new recipes in more than a week. Where have I been? Simply outdoors, since it’s…

    • Of Mushrooms and Marmalade by: tony

      May 6, 2012, 16:20

      I’m a strong believer in the old proverb that says that “What goes around, comes around”. It might be a way of the Universe of re-balancing itself or…

    • Variety by: tony

      April 30, 2012, 00:22

      The other day, while waiting in line after shopping for groceries, I was double-checking my  list and my cart for my usual two reasons: to verify that I had…

    • With a grain of salt by: tony

      April 22, 2012, 16:01

      Last year a couple of dear friends of mine were waiting for a delayed flight when, as it often happens in these situations, they started chatting with another…

    • Ideas for breakfast by: tony

      April 15, 2012, 16:53

       If I were a car, I would have one of those old diesel engines that need to be warmed up. My mornings start slowly, very slowly. I’m so grumpy that my son…

    • Farmers' Markets by: tony

      April 1, 2012, 16:26

      Two years ago I was in San Francisco for a couple of days, showing the beautiful city to Sara, the twenty-five-year-old daughter of an Italian friend of…

    • Shortcuts by: tony

      March 25, 2012, 17:03

      We all love shortcuts, especially when they save us time without affecting the quality of the result. In the kitchen, there are many ways to avoid repetitive…

    • Never on Sunday by: tony

      March 18, 2012, 17:50

      Those of you who are old enough to have seen the 1960 movie with Melina Mercouri might remember that the protagonist - Ilya – never worked on Sundays.…

    • Praise to Salmon by: tony

      March 1, 2012, 23:58

      I love salmon. Any variety of Pacific salmon – King, Coho, Sockeye, Humpback – prepared in any way: poached, steamed, baked, smoked or simply cooked over…

  • Category: Snack  (8)
    • Raw Quinoa Porridge* by: tony

      October 22, 2012, 21:11

      This porridge contains a lot of good protein. It’s perfect for breakfast or as a revitalizing snack after exercising.   Ingredients: (serves 2)  …

    • Farinata  by: tony

      May 25, 2012, 21:33

      Typical of the Northwestern part of Italy (Piedmont, Liguria and northern Tuscany), the name Farinata used to designate all recipes made with different flours…

    • Buckwheat-flax crackers by: tony

      May 8, 2012, 15:24

      Tired of eating those gluten-free, expensive crackers that taste all the same? Make your own! These crackers are nutritious and tasty: chop, mix, spread and…

    • Chia Porridge* by: tony

      May 7, 2012, 15:19

      Ingredients: (serves 2)    A  V  B  Gf 3-4 Tbsp. of chia seeds 2-3 dried sulfate-free fruits (like apricots, dates, prunes, etc.) ½ cup of…

    • Guacamole* by: tony

      May 5, 2012, 13:28

      How could I forget that today it’s Cinco de Mayo? Actually I did, but a friend reminded me a few minutes ago. It must be because in the area where I live…

    • Idli by: tony

      April 11, 2012, 16:27

      Three years ago, when I had to change my diet because of some food intolerances, at first I found it difficult to replace the things I was no longer allowed to…

    • Quick and easy tortilla wraps by: tony

      March 23, 2012, 16:38

      Who isn’t in a rush, raise your hand! I don’t know why, but things tend to pile up by the end of the week. We find ourselves dashing to finish all the…

    • Hummus by: tony

      February 20, 2012, 21:53

      Hummus - a Middle Eastern dish - is a delicious spread or dip rich in iron, vitamin C and vitamin B6. It can be served with different kinds of bread or with…

  • Category: Eggs  (4)
    • Swiss Chard with Rice and Poached Egg by: tony

      October 23, 2012, 16:18

      This simple and quick recipe combines all you need for a nutritious breakfast or a simple lunch: a leafy green low in calories but high in Vitamin C,…

    • Easter Egg Pie by: tony

      April 3, 2012, 16:11

      This Easter Egg Pie is my modernized version of Torta Pasqualina, a savory pie traditionally made for Easter Monday, when Italians take a daily trip in the…

    • Asparagus Milanese by: tony

      March 17, 2012, 23:07

      Ingredients: (serves 4 people)  Sp  V  B  Gf 1 ½ lb. of organic green asparagus 4 organic eggs 2 Tbsp. of butter 4 Tbsp. of grated Parmesan…

    • Zucchini Frittata by: tony

      March 13, 2012, 01:58

       Frittata is one of my lifesaving dishes: it’s quick and easy to make, nutritious, tasty and almost everybody likes it. Moreover, it can be cooked with many…

  • Category: Rice  (4)
    • Smoked Salmon and Fennel Risotto by: tony

      December 27, 2012, 01:03

      The other night I was craving for something new and original and, after browsing recipes for half an hour without finding anything inspiring, I opened my…

    • Rice Salad by: tony

      May 5, 2012, 13:25

      Almost a staple in the Italian summers when it’s too hot to eat anything warm, this rice salad is guaranteed to bring back the appetite with its fresh mix of…

    • Rice and Green Peas – Risi e Bisi by: tony

      April 25, 2012, 17:02

      I couldn’t think of a more perfect dish to cook today, on my son’s Marco name day. Risi e bisi (pronounced Rees-e a Bee-zee) is an ancient Venetian…

    • Lemon Rice by: tony

      March 26, 2012, 15:59

      Quoting Antoine De Saint-Exupery "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." Cooking doesn't…

  • Category: Lamb  (2)
    • Lamb with Chickpeas, Raisins and Couscous by: tony

      March 29, 2012, 15:48

      It’s time to think about the Easter menu. In my family, it has always been a tradition to cook lamb for the Easter lunch and I’m keeping this custom alive,…

    • Oven Roasted Lamb with fingerling potatoes by: tony

      March 29, 2012, 15:43

      Ingredients: (serves 6 to 8 people)  Sp  Gf 3 pounds lamb shoulder 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced 1/2 cup Evoo a few sprigs of rosemary Salt…

  • Category: Veal  (2)
    • Veal Carpaccio with celery  by: tony

      January 12, 2013, 18:20

      This easy and tasty recipe doesn't require any cooking since the raw meat is “cooked” by its marinade. Invented in the '50s by Giuseppe Cipriani, the…

    • Veal with tuna sauce by: tony

      May 18, 2012, 15:31

      Today I’m introducing this nice summer entrée or appetizer for the carnivores among you. The combination of surf and turf might sound odd but it’s…

  • Category: Brunch  (4)
    • Chicken salad by: tony

      August 10, 2017, 23:32

      Chicken leftovers? No problem! Last night I roasted a whole chicken, definitely too much for the two of us, especially because I don’t like its flavor if I…

    • Cornmeal cookies by: tony

      November 29, 2016, 01:53

      It’s cookie time! What is it that makes us crave cookies more than usual during the Holidays? Is it because the cold weather inspire us to bake? Or…

    • Swiss Chard with Rice and Poached Egg by: tony

      October 23, 2012, 16:18

      This simple and quick recipe combines all you need for a nutritious breakfast or a simple lunch: a leafy green low in calories but high in Vitamin C,…

    • Tuna and Artichoke salad by: tony

      May 30, 2012, 18:23

      This simple salad is so versatile that you will not only love it but it will also become one of your favorite problem-solving recipes. In fact it makes a…

  • Category: Bread  (1)
    • Enkir Flat Bread by: tony

      January 2, 2013, 23:37

      Enkir is a type of small spelt that belongs to a species that first appeared in the Middle East approximately 12,000 years ago.  Being a wild cereal, it has a…