Tuscana Quattro Formaggi Red Pepper & Olive Pasta with Basil Cream One Pot!

Tuscan food, by tradition, is light, appetizing and extremely colorful. Feel free to experiment with any foods that fit into the latter category. Not a fan of olives? Use roasted eggplant! Want more veggies? Add roasted asparagus, chopped cherry tomatoes, zucchini–the list is endless! Create, Create! Here’s my version of a lighter, but very satisfying…

Salade Nicoise

  Nicoise Salad, or Salade Nicoise is a delectable, customary, bright, summer salad originating from Nice in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in France. Typically, utilizing produce from the open markets and balanced with distinctive Provencal seasonings. Commonly known as Salade Nicoise, this classic salad is in harmony with the cooking style of the invigorating, sunny…

Ciabatta, Filone, Focaccia, Muffuletta, Vastedda, Ah Pane! & a Quick Ciabatta Recipe

Ciabatta, Filone, Focaccia, Muffuletta, Vastedda, Ah pane…“A bread by any other name would smell as sweet.  I can sense Sir William Shakespeare rolling over in his grave as I write this…  Today, I want to briefly delve into a little history of another Italian staple; Bread or as we Italians affectionately call it “pane.” Although…

Chicken Paillard with Creamy Parmesan Herb & Bocconcini Salad

Chicken Paillard with Creamy Parmesan Herb & Bocconcini Salad 4 servings Lavender, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme—sounds like a classic oldies Simon & Garfunkel tune. However, they are actually the herbs that accompany this scrumptious, quick and savory chicken salad which offers the delightful marriage of flavors of salty pungent olive tapenade, crisp, astringent herb salad, creamy,…

Your Last Minute July 4th Appetizer: Stuffed Italian Salad Shells

Where’s the marinara?! Where’s the ricotta?! Not in these delectably gorgeous stuffed pasta shells with a twist! Yes, time to think outside the box…pasta box and incorporate “chopped” salad that is. 🙂 I’ve found these crunchy delectables transport well, so they’re great appetizers for parties, picnics and gatherings. What I noticed most was how quickly…

The Best Saint Patrick’s Day Tuna Salad Sandwich…Ever!

Just another tuna salad recipe? I beg to differ! This delectable St. Paddy’s Day (or any day) sandwich offers a balance of salty, slightly sweet, crunchy and creamy flavors that satisfies even the most discriminating sandwich spread aficionado’s palate. Not to mention having several colors of the rainbow; does your pot of gold lie at…

Chicken Paillard with Creamy Parmesan Salad

Chicken Paillard with Creamy Parmesan Salad 4 servings Lavender, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme—sounds like a classic oldies Simon & Garfunkel tune. However, they are actually the herbs that accompany this scrumptious, quick and savory chicken salad which offer the delightful marriage of flavors. Several months ago I promised my friend Lady Tea Witch (SnowFox66) a…