Italian

Italian food is wonderfully classic, rustic, and comforting. Many of my Italian recipes are inspired by the week-long cooking I recently attended in the southern part of Italy, called Puglia. From fresh pasta to homemade zeppole, there’s something here for everyone!

Prosciutto with Melon

Prosciutto with Melon

There are things in this food world that just go together. Bread and butter. Peanut butter and jelly. Tomato and basil. Nutella and banana. Cheese and wine. Milk and cookies. I could go on and on, but instead, I’ll leave you with one pairing that […]

Southern Italian Stuffed Meatballs

Southern Italian Stuffed Meatballs

Picture this: you’re in southern Italy, cooking the rustic food of the region for an entire week. You have fresh, homemade pasta with every meal. Crisp olive oil and the best late summer vegetables abound. You’re not vegetarian, but you’re also not a voracious carnivore. […]

Pasta with Cabbage and Pancetta

Pasta with Cabbage and Pancetta

This pasta with cabbage and pancetta is the dish I’ve made the most since I came home after my week long cooking class in Southern Italy at the Awaiting Table. It the first pasta dish we made together, and I was so pleasantly surprised by […]

Slow Cooked Italian Beef

Slow Cooked Italian Beef

Things that are hearty and cozy and feel like home:  this rich slow cooked Italian beef recipe.  This meal reminds me of football Saturday and of family gatherings.  On cold winter days few things sound more satisfying than this Italian beef.  And this is coming […]

Cooking School in Italy:  The Awaiting Table

Cooking School in Italy: The Awaiting Table

About 9 months ago I had a conversation with my husband that went like this: Me:  “So, I decided what I want to do with the rest of my sabbatical this year.  I want to go to Italy and take a cooking class.” Him:  “By […]

Charred Eggplant & Farro Salad

Charred Eggplant & Farro Salad

I’m still very much on the Italian/Mediterranean cooking kick since I came back from my trip to Europe.  Every time I travel there I’m reminded of how much cooking Mediterranean food feels natural to me.  It’s very much how I choose to cook at home, […]

Super Citrusy Aperol Spritz

Super Citrusy Aperol Spritz

In southern Italy there is a nightly routine where everyone strolls through the pedestrian zone of their town after work to see and be seen, and it’s called la passeggiata.  Everyone dresses sharply, talks and just meanders – it’s a whole family affair. On Sundays, la passeggiata is particularly […]

White Wine Braised Chicken Thighs

White Wine Braised Chicken Thighs

I’m back!  Back from Italy, back from the cooking course, back to real life.  It’s been a whirlwind 4 weeks of traveling, and I’m so grateful for the entire experience.  The real gem for me was (predictably) the Awaiting Table cooking class in southern Italy. It […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Salve, friends!  I’m writing to you today from my beautiful Airbnb in the charming town of Lecce in Southern Italy.  This city is absolutely stunning.  I’m going to be spending a week here learning about the cuisine of the Puglia region and cooking until I’m blue […]

Tomato & Mozzarella Baked Gnocchi

Tomato & Mozzarella Baked Gnocchi

As if your social media feeds haven’t told you already, it’s officially fall!  For me that means cozier everything – cozier clothes, cozier weather, and definitely cozier meals. You already know from my last post that I have an affinity for gnocchi because of my […]

Homemade Gnocchi

Homemade Gnocchi

When I was living in France after college, my kitchen was very, very small. It consisted of two hot plates, a sink, and about six inches of counter space. With no oven and very few pots and pans, I was forced to get creative with […]

Rustic Italian Panzanella Salad

Rustic Italian Panzanella Salad

One of my favorite ways to experience the culture of a new place when traveling is to take a cooking class.  It’s a great way to pick up some new skills, learn about local ingredients and food customs, and it’s just plain fun. The first […]