Rachael Ray’s Carbonara

Rachael Ray’s Carbonara This is a super easy classic Italian recipe (and inexpensive).  I will substitute bacon when good pancetta is not available. Ingredients: Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 pound pasta, such as spaghetti or rigatoni 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (enough to coat bottom of pan) 1/4 pound pancetta […]

Flooding in the Cinque Terre

I have been watching the news and photos come in of the destruction of the Cinque Terre due to flooding.  Many of you know this is one of my special places and it is breaking my heart.  I heard that Vernazza’s residents were evacuated by sea and most of the damage was in Monterosso. Latest news reports […]

Homemade Italian Pizza

Jaime Oliver’s homemade pizza From Jamie Oliver printed in Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publication Ultimate Italian 2009 This is the best pizza I have had outside of Italy.  The recipe is easy and fun for the whole family but get ready for a mess!  I’m pretty sure we dirtied every dish in the house. […]

My New Page: Recipes

I have added a new page where I will feature my favorite recipes, all tried out in my kitchen and tested by my munchkins. Weeknight Bolognese from Ina Garten I am a huge Ina Garten fan, so when she did an Italian special on the foodnetwork I had to try it.  Mama Mia!  Once again […]