Eggplant Parmesan

2021-10-15T11:28:44-04:00October 13th, 2021|Categories: Pasta, Rice, Grains, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vegetarian|

March 2016 Last October, during our travels in Tuscany, Italy, my husband and I boarded a train in Florence and headed 29 miles southeast to the charming medieval town, Figline Valdarno, to take a private cooking class with one of the great chefs of Tuscany--Claudio Piantini.  It was just the two of us with Chef [...]

Potato Gnocchi with Sausage Ragu

2021-10-21T09:12:50-04:00November 1st, 2016|Categories: Food Columns, Pasta, Rice, Grains|

November 2016 This 5-star recipe for Potato Gnocchi with Sausage Ragu is from Davide Odore, Master Chef at the Castello di Guarene, a magnificent restored 18th century palazzo/hotel overlooking the Langhe hills in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. Potato gnocchi are tiny potato dumplings.  They are light, pillowy and delicate in flavor—a perfect base [...]

Vegetarian Lasagna

2021-10-20T10:29:27-04:00October 1st, 2016|Categories: Food Columns, Pasta, Rice, Grains, Vegetarian|

October 2016 The year of 2016 has been zipping by.  I just realized there are only three more months left for My Year Of Italy, and I have yet to write a column on lasagna. We can trace the origins of lasagna back to the Middle Ages to Naples, Italy.  Traditional Neapolitan lasagna is made [...]

Citrus Grilled Halibut with Quinoa and Confetti Corn Timbales

2019-08-25T17:43:43-04:00June 1st, 2013|Categories: Cooking Light, Food Columns, Pasta, Rice, Grains, Side Dishes, Vegetables|Tags: , , |

Halibut is my go-to fish for grilling season.  It is a mild white fish with a firm, meaty texture that holds up well on the barbecue.  I marinate the halibut in a soy honey mixture infused with citrus juices, and brush on the reserved marinade to glaze the fish while grilling.  I like to serve [...]