Italian Oil-Packed Tuna & Cannellini Bean Salad

Whether you’re looking for a light summer dinner, or a taste of summer in the relentlessness of this harsh winter, this is a MUST eat. I found myself on Brady Street at the end of the day, just blocks from Glorioso’s, which Milwaukeeans know as the fantastic Italian grocer. Armed with my iPhone, I grabbed…

Mushroom Risotto

The first time I tried this risotto I was skeptical – very skeptical. How could you get mushroom flavor without dried porchinis or without browning the fresh mushrooms? Why does it seem like too much alcohol and not enough stock? I decided to throw caution to the wind and make only quantity changes, rather than…

Toasted Garlic & Rosemary White Bean Dip

This was born in the moments before a Packer game when a plan when horribly wrong. Intending to make a hot cheesy dip with ricotta, my ricotta was moldy. Argh. So I put a can of Cannellini beans to use. This dip is easy and flavorful – it goes best with a good loaf of…

Mussels alla Diavola

I recently went to the allergist to find out exactly what shellfish I had to stay away from, and I got easily some of the best news of my life: I can eat anything but shrimp, lobster and crab. Since I’ve never had anything but shrimp, I’m on a mission to try it all. So…

Fig, Cheese, & Prosciutto Bites

As fresh fig season comes to an end, I hope you’ll take advantage of it and try these simple bites. They are great for an appetizer if you’re entertaining. This would be a great substitute for a cheese plate. If you’re using this as an appetizer, I suggest 2 to 3 per person. I think…

The Perfect Sentiment

My little sister just sent an email to the editors of Glamour magazine that I had to share here. What’s the relevance? A  significant contributing factor to the development of my love of food. I just want to share my family’s story about a particular Glamour magazine article, and say thank you for many happy…

Ricotta Gnocchi with Pea & Bacon Cream Sauce

While gnocchi is more of a comfort food (read: heavy, better suited to winter months), it is a great vehicle for the bounty of summer farmer’s markets. This ricotta version is insanely easy, very light, and perfect to toss with a mix of fresh summer veggies. Use the ricotta gnocchi recipe below to toss with…

Sweet Corn Pesto with Bacon

As a lover of pasta carbonara, I feel a little guilty (a lot guilty) over the calories and richness of the dish. I love it so much, it was the first thing I ate on our honeymoon on our first night in Rome. This version is made with sweet corn and gets its unctuous flavor…

Pumpkin Lasagna

This dish is perfect for fall – rich, hearty, and full of pumpkin flavor. If you’re not a pumpkin lover, feel free to substitute butternut squash. Prepare it exactly the same way as the pumpkin; it also compliments the sage. I recommend preparing the pumpkin at least a day before you want to serve the…

Fresh Pasta

Fresh pasta can be tricky, but it is worth the time. Making pasta at home compares to nothing else you’ll have – not even the allegedly fresh pasta in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. I used the extruder attachment for my Kitchen Aid to make this spaghetti. This is the first time I…

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