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Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

This minestrone is an easy dinner that comes together quickly and is chock full of vegetables and beans. It’s super healthy, good for you, and filling too! Perfect for winter or any time you’re craving a cozy meal. Complete this meal by serving my minestrone with homemade bread like my Flax and Chia Seed Sourdough!…

Fluffy Ricotta Gnocchi
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Fluffy Ricotta Gnocchi

Ricotta gnocchi is a dish that turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. Imagine tender, pillow-like dumplings, lighter than air yet rich in flavor, thanks to the creamy magic of ricotta cheese. This recipe for ricotta gnocchi is a variation on the classic potato gnocchi. This authentic ricotta gnocchi recipe is from the popular Italian cooking…

Fra Diavolo Sauce
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Fra Diavolo Sauce

This simple Fra Diavolo sauce is a fiery blend of tomatoes, garlic, and a generous dash of red pepper flakes, creating a bold yet harmonious flavor. It’s perfect for pairing with pasta or seafood and makes ordinary meals extraordinary with its kick. This fra diavolo sauce is a testament to the power of simple ingredients…

Lemon Ricotta Cookies
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Lemon Ricotta Cookies

These homemade Lemon Ricotta Cookies are the perfect little treat, where the tang of fresh lemons meets the richness of ricotta in a delightfully soft, sweet treat that’s as perfect for a cozy afternoon as it is for a festive gathering. The Ingredients This is an “old school” Italian recipe that was very popular in…

Arrabbiata Sauce
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Arrabbiata Sauce

Arrabbiata sauce is a simple, spicy tomato-based pasta sauce with a big flavor that reflects the simplicity of great Italian cooking. Whether enjoyed in a quaint Roman trattoria or in the comfort of your kitchen, Arrabbiata sauce is a perfect example of the timeless allure of Italian cuisine. Want to know the secret to making…

Chicken Florentine Pasta
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Chicken Florentine Pasta

This chicken florentine pasta can be best described as a rich, creamy garlic-parmesan sauce over pasta. A fusion of flavors, this dish will have you wanting that second helping. Simple to prepare yet perfect for any dinner occasion, it’s the kind of comfort food that satisfies. Whether for a family meal or a cozy date…

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta
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Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Transform your dinner routine into a gourmet experience with Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta. Imagine plump shrimp bathed in a sauce that whispers of garlic and sings of lemon, all paired with your favorite pasta. This recipe strikes a balance between simplicity and sophistication, offering a flavorful journey that’s a easy to prepare and so good…

Ball Canning’s Giardiniera

Ball Canning’s Giardiniera

Giardiniera is a versatile Italian condiment that consists of pickled vegetables, typically a mix of cauliflower, carrots, bell peppers, celery, and sometimes onions. As a condiment, it is commonly used to add flavor and texture to sandwiches and other dishes that enhances taste. Additionally, giardiniera can be served as a standalone side dish or as…

Classic Caprese Salad
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Classic Caprese Salad

Imagine juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fragrant basil leaves mingling in a symphony of flavors – that’s the perfect Caprese Salad. Drizzle with olive oil, add a pinch of salt, and voilà! A dish that’s simple, fresh, and bursting with goodness. Perfect for those lazy days when you want something amazing without the fuss and…

Roasted Red Peppers (Simple and Delicious)!
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Roasted Red Peppers (Simple and Delicious)!

Roasted red bell peppers topped with garlic and olive oil are a classic Italian American dish that’s simple and delicious. The sweet, smoky flavor of the roasted peppers is enhanced by the garlic and olive oil, creating a versatile and flavorful side dish that’s perfect for sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes, or served as an antipasto….

Philly Tomato Pie (Pizza)
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Philly Tomato Pie (Pizza)

Philadelphia tomato pie is regional type of pizza (popular in Philadelphia and Central NY/Utica) that can be described as a medium thick rectangular pizza topped with a slightly sweet, thick tomato sauce and a dusting of grated cheese (typically pecorino Romano) and sometimes oregano. Always served at room temperature, tomato pie is great for entertaining…

Baked Eggplant Parmesan
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Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Skip the frying and the excess cheese – try this simple and healthier way to prepare a baked eggplant parmesan, which is more reminiscent of true Mediterranean cooking. Based on Jamie Oliver’s eggplant parmesan, this version uses roasted eggplant layered with parmesan cheese and fresh marinara sauce. Delicious! If you love spicy food, you might…

Lemon Paste (for Panettone)

Lemon Paste (for Panettone)

This is a quick and easy recipe for making citrus paste (lemon or orange paste) that is called for in some panettone recipes. The ingredients are lemon or orange juice (fresh!), grated peel/zest, sugar, cornstarch, and liquor. This recipe is from the Italian language panettone book, pH4.1 The Science and Craftsmanship of Leavened Dough (Author,…

Skillet Roasted Mediterranean Chicken

Skillet Roasted Mediterranean Chicken

This is a classic Italian recipe for Mediterranean style skillet-roasted chicken made on the stovetop using fresh garlic cloves, freshly juiced lemons, fresh herbs, and white wine. It is the absolute epitome of Italian cooking, which uses simple, unfussy ingredients to yield truly outstanding flavor. The chicken is tender and flavorful, and I promise you…

The Best Classic Carrot Cake and Frosting (Moist and Easy!)

The Best Classic Carrot Cake and Frosting (Moist and Easy!)

Nothing says springtime like an old fashioned, delicious, super moist, homemade carrot cake with carrot cake frosting. I’m proud to share this recipe that I truly believe is the BEST classic carrot cake and carrot cake frosting recipe ever! Homemade Super Moist Carrot Cake I made this classic cake for an art class luncheon (but…

Kolache Recipe
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Kolache Recipe

Homemade kolaches make for an impressive and delicious breakfast, dessert, or snack. While they may look intimidating to make, this kolache recipe is a cinch and great for cooks looking to try a new spin on classic pastries! What Exactly Are Kolaches? Pronounced “koh-lah-shee,” the word kolache is derived from the Czech word, kola, meaning “wheels” or “rounds,”…

Neapolitan Sfogliatelle
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Neapolitan Sfogliatelle

Sfogliatelle are classic Italian (Neapolitan) pastries that are typically served warm. On the outside, there are hundreds of buttery, crisp, and flaky layers; on the inside, a warm, rich citrus and vanilla filling thickened with semolina and ricotta. If you are up for a baking challenge, this recipe is for you! The results are very worthwhile! History…

Baked Turkey Meatballs

Baked Turkey Meatballs

This is a super easy recipe for Italian-style baked turkey meatballs that comes together in minutes. I like to let the meatball mixture marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours or even overnight (so easy for make ahead dinner) before cooking, but that is completely optional! Baked Turkey Meatballs Are an Easy Weeknight Meal…

White Velvet Cupcakes (Vanilla Cupcakes)
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White Velvet Cupcakes (Vanilla Cupcakes)

The best white vanilla cupcakes are soft, moist, fluffy and delicious with an amazing buttery vanilla flavor! A really classic cupcake! Top with vanilla buttercream or stabilized whipped cream and decorate! The Best Vanilla Cupcake! Tired of dry tasteless cupcakes that aren’t worth the calories? Me too! We are all after that perfect vanilla cupcake,…

Recipe Index

Recipe Index Welcome Foodie! I’m excited for you to explore and find something that you love. Cooking and baking hold a special place in my heart because they’re not just about making food – they’re about creativity, sharing, and gathering loved ones around the table. So, please pull up a chair and read on. And,…

Utica Greens (So Good)!
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Utica Greens (So Good)!

My absolute favorite way to enjoy escarole, Utica greens are a Central NY favorite and for good reason!  It’s a spicy take on escarole with crisped prosciutto, hot peppers, grated cheese, and breadcrumbs. If you can’t find escarole, try it with kale or Swiss chard. Enjoy as a side dish, a main meal, or even with eggs and…

Struffoli (Neapolitan Holiday Dessert)

Struffoli (Neapolitan Holiday Dessert)

This traditional Italian Struffoli Christmas dessert is popular Neapolitan tradition in Italy and other areas of southern Italy. Commonly called honey balls in the US, struffoli are best described as small balls of sweet dough, fried and then dipped in honey and decorated with chopped nuts, colored sprinkles, cinnamon, and grated citrus peel. The History…

Sandwich Rolls (Hoagie Rolls)

Sandwich Rolls (Hoagie Rolls)

A simple recipe for homemade sandwich rolls, also called hoagie rolls (or sub rolls). Step by step instructions for how to make rolls included! These rolls are great for lunch meats, meatballs, or even grilled vegetable sandwiches. Fresh made = no preservatives! Eat real bread! How to Make (step by step) Okay! So…ready to make…

Easy chicken marsala

Easy chicken marsala

This easy chicken marsala can be on your table in less than 30 minutes and it is sure to please! To save time, buy pre-sliced mushrooms and thin cut chicken breast. Other ingredients include chicken broth, dry marsala wine, olive oil, and butter.  Easy chicken marsala: a classic Italian American dish I can remember my…

Ciambotta (Giambotta)

Ciambotta (Giambotta)

This recipe is for an Italian vegetable stew called ciambotta (also referred to giambotta), popular in the Naples region of Italy. It is slow cooked and typically made from eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, and lots of fresh basil. Ciambotta is typically served as a side dish, but can easily be served as a main meal. 

Pignoli Cookies
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Pignoli Cookies

This recipe is from my Italian born mom who has been baking pignoli cookies for over 40 years! These chewy, delicious cookies contain only 3 major ingredients and no flour. This recipe does not require almond paste, it uses almond flour instead so it is much less expensive to make. What are pignoli cookies? A…