Mama’s Artichoke Lasagna

Hot melted mozzarella cheese and creamy béchamel sauce, with artichoke hearts and lots of Parmesan cheese come together quickly, easily, and in advance –  making it an ideal dinner party dish that won’t keep you slaving away in the kitchen instead of enjoying the company… Keep Reading »

Turkey Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

Lighten and brighten the norm with a surprising hint of sweetness from golden raisins in your ground turkey or chicken meatballs. No one will be saying, “where’s the beef,”and all will be clamoring for seconds…. Keep Reading »

Apricot Almond Couscous

Sweet and savory, soft and crunchy, this Moroccan side dish has it all going on, making every taste bud pop with every bite. If you are on a gluten-free diet, the ingredients work equally well with quinoa. Just add chickpeas to round it out into… Keep Reading »

Orzo with Spinach, Feta & Toasted Pine Nuts

This side dish could be a complete meal on it’s own, but pairs beautifully with many chicken or seafood dishes.
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Spinach & Cheese Cannelloni

Filling the cannelloni is a fun thing to do with your children, and they will be much happier about eating something with the “dreaded green”, if they feel pride in creating something delicious with you. You can also easily substitute or add mushrooms, shredded zucchini,… Keep Reading »

Vegan Delight

I used a specific brand of grain blend, Trader Joes Harvest Grain Blend, but you should be able to find something similar close to where you live, or mix your own – it consists of Israeli couscous, red quinoa, and split pea garbanzo beans with… Keep Reading »

Italian Turkey Sausage & Mixed Greens Rigatoni

I had this for dinner at my friend Claire’s house on 4th of July weekend, and haven’t stopped craving it since. Filling and healthy while getting those pasta yearning ya ya’s out of your system too.
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Ruby Beet Risotto

In my opinion beets are a highly misunderstood, under used ingredient. This unusual risotto makes such a striking first course, or a satisfying main course coupled with a salad tossed in Balsamic Fig Vinaigrette – making it a perfect choice for Valentines Day. The natural… Keep Reading »

Macaroni & Cheese with White Truffle Oil

What child, little or grown, doesn’t love a decadent bowl of creamy macaroni and cheese? I like to get experimental and dress mine up a bit, and this one with white truffle oil is definitely my favorite – especially with a little lobster claw or… Keep Reading »

Wild Mushroom Angolotti in Fontina Sauce

This is a decadent recipe you might want to save for special occasions, or as a first course for a dinner party. I found these wild mushroom angolotti fresh at my local grocery store, but you can use mushroom, spinach, or butternut squash ravioli with… Keep Reading »

Hot Italian Sausage & Broccolini Penne

This is a terrific, delicious quick workday meal to make when you get home in a hurry or the day before.  You can make a healthy alternative by using chicken or turkey sausage.
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Penne & Zucchini Arrabbiata

Zucchini make a lovely addition to this Italian classic, and a wonderful way to introduce finicky children (small and big) to vegetables. This recipe has been in heavy rotation in our household for over 25 years now, and a client favorite as well. Remember you… Keep Reading »

Eau de Vie Julie Anne Vegetarian Risotto

Last year I was honored with a limited edition bottle of grappa named after me, and Simini Catering in Turin, Italy very kindly sent me a case to sample. I don’t drink alcohol, but I do cook with it, and today I finally got around… Keep Reading »