Bolognese

This is a repost of an older blog entry that I feel did not get as fair of a shake as it deserved due to the poor quality of my photos. While not the most visually attractive of sauces, this hearty sauce satisfies through its warm, rich, and comfortingly familiar flavors.  I make this sauce…

Olive Focaccia

Focaccia is relatively easy to make, as it requires no kneading and only a few simple ingredients.  Focaccia also travels well, and retains it’s flavor and texture when served at room temperature.  I made this latest loaf for a boating picnic, and dressed it up with black olives – a personal favorite. Ingredients: 4 1/2…

Italian Anise Easter Bread

It took me a few days to post this recipe, but I made this lovely, enriched, anise scented bread on Good Friday, in a lead-up to the Easter weekend festivities.  I found the recipe in The Bread Bible, and decided to give it a try.  The original recipe has you dividing the dough into three…

Baked Ziti

A baked pasta dish made up of ziti pasta, marinara sauce, sweet Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, and fresh spinach for some color, nutrition, and fiber.  I like to refer to this dish as my lazy-person’s lasagna.  It has a similar flavor profile to a traditional lasagna, but none of the hassle of layering in all…

Minestrone Soup

One of my favorite winter soups that will both empty your vegetable bin and leave you muy satisfecho.  Minestrone soup seems to have a little bit of everything in it -Italian sausage, potatoes, pasta, zucchini, and beans to just name a few.  I like to season my broth with old cheese rinds, but if you…

Honey Almond Biscotti

Honey Almond Biscotti – a delicately flavored, crunchy Italian cookie that is perfect proportioned for dunking into your coffee.  In my experience store-bought biscotti has always been hit or miss with a tendency to be cloyingly sweet and hard enough to break your teeth.  In direct contrast homemade biscotti can be crisp, crunchy, come in…

Chicken Parmesan

I have not made this dish in years, but chicken parmesan was a childhood favorite of mine.  I decided to place a bed of spinach at the bottom of my parmesan – changing things up a bit, and making up for some of the less healthy aspects of this dish.  It turned out terrifically.  The…

Bolognese Sauce

While not the most visually attractive of sauces, this hearty sauce satisfies through its warm, rich, and comfortingly familiar flavors. Ingredients: 1 tbsp Olive Oil 1 Onion 4 Cloves Garlic 2 Carrots 1 Celery Stalk 2 tbsp Tomato Paste 1 lb. ground Beef (substitute with ground turkey and a splash of worcestershire sauce for a…