Best organic white wine?

Organic farming is playing a role in the agricultural world that is becoming more and more important. The concept of sustainability – development can be considered sustainable when it satisfies the...

Making Ricotta at Home–Worth the Trouble?

Homemade ricotta had been on my “to do” list for awhile. Not a big deal: three ingredients and maybe 10 minutes of active attention. So I can’t explain why I didn’t get around to...

Enjoying the Foods of Italy

Follow @Italytravelnote By Mike Romano There is little doubt that food lovers will thoroughly enjoy a trip to Italy because of the marvelous dishes that are a part of the country. Food is as much a part...

Ragu with Fresh Tajarin Pasta

  We were recently in Seattle, visiting one of our sons, and had dinner at Spinasse. Spinasse is known around Seattle as one of the best places to go for homemade pasta and it did not disappoint....

Apple Rosette Pie

    I’ts hard to see the enormous amount of apples in the farmer’s markets right now and not think of apple pie. I was going to make a straight up apple pie for you with a cheddar...

Fall Pizza Making Class

Pizza Making Class Sunday, October 26th, 2014 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  at my Okemos, Michigan home  Come join the fun and learn how to make homemade pizza! You will learn how to make easy...

Orecchiette Pasta with Mushrooms and Pancetta

My favorite short pasta shape is orecchiette, which means “little ears”.  They are like little pasta cups that are perfect for holding the sauce – in this case, little bits of crispy...

Tomato September Song

The calendar says it’s the first day of autumn. This is indisputable science. The equinox, those brief few days when the daylight and the dark are “equal,” will soon tilt (as the Earth’s axis does)...

Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Mascarpone Cheese

    My local farmer’s market right now is bursting with bell peppers.  This recipe uses roasted peppers to make a rich soup that’s made a little creamy by adding some mascarpone...

SimpleItaly on WFMZ-TV

This morning, Chef Mike Pichetto of Vintage Restaurant and Wine Bar,  and SimpleItaly’s Sharon Sanders cooked up a sneak preview of the sumptuous dinner that will be served at the RMG Insurance...

Chickpea “Pizza” with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

My favorite dish during a four-day stay in Vancouver:  a crisp chickpea-flour flatbread topped with sautéed local chanterelles, buffalo mozzarella and luscious heirloom tomatoes. The chef of Cioppino’s...

Homemade Ice Cream – an Update

ceramics from Fifty One and a Half   I’ve been posting about the joys of making homemade ice cream for a long time now but I have modified my recipe for the better and I wanted to share it with...

Stuffed Mini Peppers

ceramic plate from Fifty One and a Half   Have you seen these little mini peppers that the grocery stores are stocking now? Well, I’ve become a big fan of these and I always have a bag in the...

Caramel Mousse with Caramel Sauce and Toasted Hazelnuts

  When I made this incredible caramel mousse recipe previously in order to layer it in a trifle, it was so, so good that I knew I wanted to use it in a recipe all on its own.  This mousse has...

Ruth Reichl’s Asparagus with Green Sauce

ceramic platter from Fifty One and a Half   Everyone needs a new recipe for asparagus just about now, right?  Asparagus season is great but after a while, you need something new to do with this...

Five Inexpensive Kitchen Essentials

I have a lot of tools and gadgets in the kitchen that I use a lot and feel like I can’t do without.  I couldn’t give up my KitchenAid mixer or my MagiMix food processor. You need good...

Casarecce Pasta with Pesto, Eggplant and Slow Roasted Tomatoes (and a Barilla Pasta Giveaway!)

Did you know there are hundreds of different pasta shapes in Italy?  Each region seems to have a special shape or two which is popular in that area.  Thanks to the good folks at Barilla, you...

Asparagus Appetizers in Phyllo Dough

I made these for my son’s graduation open house this past spring and they were such a big hit. So many people wanted the recipe that I thought I would go ahead and share it here.  These are...

Lemon Ricotta Gelato, Made at Home

Researching my Tampa Bay Times article on the best gelato in Florence, Italy, was a good excuse for guilt-free gorging. Now I’m thousands of miles away, consoling myself with my own lemon ricotta...

Rice Salad, a Summer Tradition

I wasn’t thinking about rice salad until I read the latest post on Gastronauta, my favorite Italian food site. Blogger Cristina Rombola talks about her family’s take on this summer classic,...