No-Fuss (No-Cook) Bruschetta Puttanesca

Spaghetti alla puttanesca is one of my favorite Italian dishes. While the best I ever had was in Rome, I have found that the recipe never disappoints, no matter where you get it. The dish is tangy and mildly salty, and I always find myself cleaning my plate. While thinking about what kind of recipe…

Quinoa and Veggie-Stuffed Bell Peppers

In this series of recipes, I am highlighting the wonderful produce that is in-season in the summer. This week, I couldn’t resist focusing on delicious bell peppers. You can use any color that you’d like – but keep in mind that the red ones are slightly sweeter than the green. I like to change it…

Easy-Peasy Homemade Pomodoro

Tomatoes! Of course we can get them year-round, but they are literally ripe for the picking in the summer. Right now they are sweet and juicy and perfect for countless recipes. While there is nothing wrong with eating produce that isn’t technically in season, eating a fruit or vegetable at its peak means it is…

Broccoli Basil Pesto

My toddler has weird taste. He won’t eat rice, or beans, ground meat, or basically any vegetable. But he WILL eat garlic and basil. Constantly. I guess I have a good little Italian on my hands. I’ve had to be creative when making his meals, attempting everything I can think of to get nutrients into…

Lidia-Inspired One Pot Chicken

I opened Lidia Bastianich’s “Mastering the Art of Italian Cooking” (which is the most incredible Italian cookbook I’ve ever owned), and I was ready to prepare one of her chicken dishes. Instead, a few of her recipes inspired me to try something of my own with a few of the ingredients I have in my…

Spinach Turkey Orzo Soup

I made this yesterday after the big storm, and a lot of people have asked for the recipe.  It’s easy, hearty, and absolutely delicious. I adapted it from the Apple of My Eye’s recipe for Sausage & White Bean Soup.  Here’s my version: Ingredients 2 shallots, diced 3 cloves of garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons of…