Clementine Upside Down Cake for Mother’s Day


Upside down cakes seem touched by magic.  I love the way the tender caramelized fruit  appears on the top when you turn the cake out of the pan, forming a glossy topping on the buttery cake which soaks up their juices. It looks wonderful and it is delicious to eat. Italian cooks also are fond of upside down cake, known ...

May 7, 2014   No Comments

The Italian Vegetable Cookbook on Potluck Video

Ali Rosen is the dynamic host and founder of Potluck Video, a site for food, wine and travel videos. Ali's videos can also be seen on her Potluck show on New York Public Television Channel 25.  Recently, Ali and I met at Agata & Valentina, one of New York City's best sources for top quality food, to do a little ...

March 29, 2014   No Comments


200 Favorite Recipes for Antipasti, Soups, Pasta, Main Dishes and Desserts

It's here! My latest book,  The Italian Vegetable Cookbook:  200 Recipes for Antipasti, Soups, Pasta, Main Dishes and Desserts,  is now available in both hardcover and ebook editions. The name says it all!  Inside you will find vegetable recipes the way the Italians cook them.  Some may contain small amounts of meat, or anchovies, or chicken broth ...

March 4, 2014   7 Comments

Slow Cooking Saves the Day

Red Wine Braised Pot Roast

Call it the Deep Freeze, Arctic  Outbreak or Polar Vortex.  It really doesn't matter.  All I know is that it has been extremely cold and snowy here and it doesn't show signs of improving anytime soon.    To compensate for the cold and warm up the kitchen, I've had my slow cooker going practically every ...

January 27, 2014   No Comments

Christmas Shopping Made Easy

Capezzana Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This holiday season I am doing most of my gift shopping at my favorite food stores and websites.  No fighting crowds and worrying about getting the right size or color, these are gifts that everyone will enjoy.  I’ll pack them in pretty gift boxes or bags -- and relax.  Shopping is done!  Now I can ...

December 13, 2013   2 Comments

Shopping and Tasting at A.L.C. Grocery

Shopping and Tasting at A.L.C. Grocery

I will be at A.L.C. Italian Grocery in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn on Saturday, December 21 from Noon to 3PM.  Come sample some holiday treats and let's talk about great gifts for food lovers and holiday recipes!  I'll be signing copies of my classic cookbook, 1,000 Italian Recipes.   Hope to see you there!  The address ...

December 10, 2013   1 Comment