Macerated Strawberries {recipe}

It’s the last day of the Write 31 Days Challenge! My plan was to end with a dessert since it’s the last course. I bought the strawberries and lemon needed…

Eggplant that is grilled, then marinated with garlic and spices.

Grilled Eggplant {recipe}

Eggplant is one of those classic Italian vegetables. Think of Eggplant Parmigiana. So Italian, right? Sicilian cooking uses this veggie a lot and one of my favorite ways of eating…

Make roasted peppers at home!

Roasted Peppers {recipe}

Another quintessential Italian vegetable is the pepper. Red pepper, yellow peppers and even green peppers make their say into all sorts of dishes. I love them both grilled and pan…

Spicy Carrots {recipe}

One of my favorite side dishes my mom makes is carote all’insalata or carrot salad. Since they are cooked and not salad-like at all, I’ll call them spicy carrots because…

Make delicious homemade pizza!

Pizza at Home!!! {recipe}

It’s Thirsty Thursday around these parts. That means $1 wine or beer and $2 slices of cheese pizza at Al’s Pizza ($1 after 8:00). Sometimes, when the day is busy…

The best pan fried potatoes ever!

Pan Fried Potatoes

Yesterday I shared my recipe for chicken cutlets and I served them for dinner accompanied by pan fried potatoes. There are several different ways we like to eat potatoes but…

Breaded Chicken Cutlets {recipe}

One of my kids’ FAVORITE dishes is Cotolette or Breaded Chicken Cutlets. It’s the Italian version of chicken nuggets, except that it’s homemade, fresh not frozen, served with a squeeze…

Chicken alla Cacciatora

We’ve spent three weeks talking about first courses: pasta, soups and rice dishes. Since we are almost finished with the Write 31 Days Challenge, it’s time to start talking about…

The BEST Chocolate!

Perugina is Italy’s version of Ghirardelli. In my opinion, they have the best chocolate. I love dark chocolate. When I was young, I would eat milk chocolate but my mother…

Italian Hand Gestures

Today, we’ll take a little break from talking about Italian food and instead I’ll talk a little about a little culture. Italians talk with their hands, using gestures. It’s a…