Category: Recipes

Hearty Minestrone

The first time I read an Italian-only menu, I noticed a category called minestre where various soups were listed. Later, I learned that Italian cuisine has zuppa, originating as a meager peasant’s ration of...

Venice Canal and Gondolier

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

You are right if you thought this dish was going to be spicy, or at least it should. Fra Diavolo is Italian for “Brother Devil”, and this zesty sauce goes well with pasta and...

Bellagio on Lake Como, Italy

Mushroom & Spinach Risotto

Leave it to the Italians to take something simple like rice to the next level. This northern Italian specialty is so versatile and oh so delicious. By adding a few extra ingredients to the...

Fettuccine Alfredo with Crab

Fettuccine Alfredo with Lobster

Forget about buying that expensive grocery store Alfredo sauce that’s filled with all kinds of fillers, modified ingredients and preservatives. Making it from scratch makes much more sense. In fact, there really isn’t anything...

Chicken Kiev

You would assume that Chicken Kiev was typical Ukrainian food and this was the dish that put the Ukrainian capital on the culinary map. However, it is also claimed by Russians, as being invented...

Ranchero Eggs

Ranchero Eggs

Hueveos Rancheros, as they are known in Spanish, is a perfect brunch dish for Mexican food lovers.  You can either use small tortillas or Charras Tostadas as shown here.  This dish provides a great...

River Seine, Paris

Chicken Cordon Bleu

The term “cordon bleu” or blue ribbon (in English) is synonymous with a top merit in French cuisine. There is also a prestigious international school, Le Cordon Bleu, whose alumni include some of the...

Apple Cobler

Apple Cobbler with Almond Topping

This recipe is nice and fruity with just the right pastry. Use your favorite baking apples, but I use the gala variety since they are what I usually prefer as a raw, eating apple....

Sweet and Sour Cabbage

Cabbage has long been a staple of the Eastern European diet as it is well suited to grow in cooler, harsher climates, is packed with nutrients and preserves easily. The following recipe goes so...