Homemade Margherita Pizza


A few months ago, I bought a pizza stone at Target for $20.  For awhile, it’s been sitting in my cupboard, waiting to be used.  Last week I finally took it out of the box and put it on the bottom rack of my oven.  Pizza stones are essential in creating a real pizza crust.  [...]

Fresh Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

I love cheese.  Especially fresh homemade ricotta cheese! One of my favorites ways to eat fresh ricotta is with a sprinkle of pine nuts and a light drizzle of honey.  Yum!!! Making ricotta is so easy and simple.  And once you taste it fresh, you’ll never buy the stuff in the plastic tubs again.  All [...]

Homemade Limoncello

Homemade Limoncello

Limoncello is an Italian Lemon Liqueur, made from grain alcohol infused with lemon peels, served (chilled) after dinner in tiny cordial glasses.  Traditional Limoncello is produced in Southern Italy along the Amalfi Coast, from Sorrento Lemons (Limone di Sorrento).  Here in Southern California, access to Sorrento Lemons is quite limited – but one of the [...]

Easy Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizza

roasted tomato and goat cheese pizza

(Original Post Date:  October 12, 2010) I’m still trying to use up all of the cherry tomatoes I harvested (green) a week ago, as I mentioned in my last post: Green Nightshade Berry Cake.  Those green tomatoes have now counter-ripened into a nice red color.  I came home from work and wondered, “What am I going [...]

Fresh Fettuccine with Garden Tomato Vodka Sauce

fresh fettuccine with garden tomato vodka sauce

(Original Post Date:  September 3, 2010) This has probably been the coldest summer I can remember in Southern California.  It looks like summer is finally here though… (now that fall is right around the corner). The weather has been nice and warm for about a week straight, and it looks like most of my tomato [...]

Italian Beef Roulade Steak: Braciole


(Original Post Date:  August 24, 2010) Does anyone know what Braciole is?  I’ve never heard of it, nor have I had it before… until I saw it on TV and was curious enough to look it up.  It’s one of those dishes that looks really impressive and complicated, but is actually really easy to make. [...]

Italian Rainbow Cupcakes

Italian Rainbow Cupcakes

(Original Post Date:  August 13, 2010) Have you ever had an Italian Rainbow Cookie?  I had them for the first time last year… and they are so good!  Three layers of spongy-almond dough (in colors to mimic the Italian flag) with chocolate surrounding all sides… yum! I’ve been on a cupcake kick lately… so I thought, [...]

Tuscan Cheesecake: Torta della Nonna

torta della nonna

(Original Post Date:  August 2, 2010) When I was in grad school at UCLA, there was this little Italian restaurant that I used to love to go to… Giovanni’s Trattoria.  It was located in a small strip mall on Venice Blvd. and run by two brothers who were originally from Italy.  Their food was always fresh, [...]

Farfalle with Tomatoes and Marsala Cream Sauce

farfalle with tomatoes and marsala cream sauce

(Original Post Date:  July 26, 2010) Now that summer is finally here, I can finally find the perfect tomatoes… home-grown, vine-ripened orbs of perfect sweetness.  No zombie tomatoes here!  What a difference in taste it makes to have real tomatoes to add to recipes.  (I have to hold myself back from eating these whole tomatoes [...]

Cheesecake Factory Pasta DaVinci (Copycat)

Cheesecake Factory Pasta Da Vinci

(Original Post Date:  April 22, 2010) A few days ago, my friend Christina introduced me to the Cheesecake Factory’s Pasta Da Vinci.  I can’t believe I’ve never tried it before!  If you’ve been to the Cheesecake Factory, you know how long and overwhelming their menu is – so I guess that explains why I’ve always overlooked [...]