Crunchy Grape Salad Recipe

An old tradition in our family (my maternal Grandmother was a little superstitious) was that eating grapes on New Year’s Eve brought good luck in the New Year. She would eat grapes with Italian bread and/or grapes with chocolate. Later on this was added to the mix of ways to eat our allotment of grapes. […]

Christmas Marmalade Bread Recipe

2/3 Cup Chunky Marmalade – divided 12 Tbs Butter – unsalted and softened – plus extra for greasing loaf pan ½ Tb Butter – unsalted for glaze ¾ Cup Granulated Sugar 2 tsps Lemon zest 1 tsp Orange zest 3 Large Eggs – room temperature 2 Tbs Orange Juice – freshly squeezed 1 ½ Cups […]

Ossi Dei Morti (Bones of the Dead)

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Makes about 12 dozen cookies Ingredients: 2 cups unblanched almonds, lightly toasted* 3 cups granulated sugar 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs – room temperature 1/8 teaspoon almond extract 2 cups all-purpose flour Method: Preheat the oven to […]

October is the Month of Pasta

BENVENUTO, OTTOBRE E IL MESE DI PASTA. MERAVIGLIOSO! So October is Italian Pasta Month. How wonderful for pasta lovers everywhere. In our house every month could be Pasta Month. We never get tired or run out of recipes. Here is one of our favorites.   PASTA di CASCIA* or PASTA WITH SAUSAGE, NUTMEG AND LEMON […]

Tuscan Farro Soup

On a cool crisp Autumn day nothing is better than a pot of soup simmering for dinner. This is a Tuscan Farro Soup from my Father’s native countryside near Siena. Serves 6 1 Lb Farro – soaked for 2 hours in cold water and then rinsed several times 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive OIL – plus […]

Nothing Says Autumn Like A Nice Apple Pie

Cinnamon Streusel Apple Pie Have at room temperature your favorite pie shell, either store bought or homemade. TOPPING 1 Cup Flour – all purpose 1/3 Cup Sugar 1/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar 2 Tsps Ground Cinnamon 1⁄2 Cup Butter – cold and diced Pinch of Salt PIE FILLING 2 1/2 – 3 Lbs Apples – […]

A Fresh Fig Cake

This all started with a fig tree in Castrofilippo, Sicily. Many, many years ago, my father-in-law, somehow was able to bring a small part of that Sicilian tree back home with him to New York City after a visit there. It was planted In the back yard at 321 East 48th Street. Over the years, […]

Cool Cocktail Recipe for the Dog Days of Summer

IT’S THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Several years ago when we were in Italy, on a little outdoor terrace overlooking incredible verdant hills and valleys, we escaped the heat with a delicious drink that refreshed and calmed our tired feet and bodies. We have since been able to closely remake this drink at home. However […]

Great Summer Fun and Good Eating!

BOILED CRAWFISH FOR A CROWD 16 LBS CRAWFISH – IN SHELL 12 EARS CORN – SHUCKED ½ LB CRAB BOIL OR CREOLE SEASONING 2 – 3 DOZ SMALL NEW POTATOES – SCRUBBED BUT NOT PEELED Rinse the crawfish. Bring a large pot (preferably a lobster pot or a pot with a drainer) of water to […]


2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted   Filling Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 1 and 1/2 cups Confectioner’s sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla 1 14oz can crushed pineapple 2 cups whipped cream (prepared from a small carton of whipping cream) Cool Whip, or Dream Whip – can […]