Festive Frittata

While traditional Italian frittata is skillet fried similar to an omelette, this version is baked in a shallow casserole dish. Since this recipe includes bread, baking allows time for the liquid to be absorbed....


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...

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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...

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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...

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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...


Top 10 Italian Dishes

No doubt you already have your own top ten Italian dishes. Italian cuisine is really a collection of regional cuisines, each having their own distinct character and principle ingredients. When traveling in Italy, you...

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A Discovery Tour of Portugal

A land, so enchanted and endearing comes in a small package.  Yes, Portugal is not a large country, but has such a rich culture and history.  Visitors will be amazed at how many breath-taking...


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...

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Grocery List – Printable Form

In effort to help with some efficiency when it comes to purchasing your ingredients, please feel free to download and print out this basic grocery check list. Grocery List- Click here for printable PDF