Fillo pockets with radicchio, cheese and pears

Taschine di fillo con radicchio, provola e pere Fillo pastry is a kind of “not when I am in the rush” thing, but with a few tricks you can have delicious bites in a relatively short time. Here are my “tricks”: 1) spray oil instead of brushing butter on each sheet (which also makes your…

Prune bites

Prunes and prosciutto or bacon is a well known and appreciated combination. In this recipe it is made even more interesting and delicious by the presence of the orange zest and black tea (recipe taken from my precious collection of Sale&Pepe). I served them as an appetizer for the Easter lunch with my husband’s parents…

A cooking marathon for folks and friends

… and how to organize a successful holiday buffet party for 15 people in 1 day and half and not die.┬áNo recipes in this post, my purpose is only to give you some ideas for a holiday buffet menu where all preparations are intended to be easy to pick and eat in plastic dishes, standing,…

Tegoline di formaggio

Crisp cheese cones, or baskets, or discs, or pipes, … “Tegoline di formaggio” are a fantastic base to run wild with the fantasy and make nice and interesting combinations for fingerfood or appetizers. Use 1 cup of grated hard cheese, parmigiano reggiano, or pecorino, depending on the combinations that you want to create. Split the…

Schiacciatina with potatoes

Fast and cheap it doesn’t mean in any way less tasty or less healthy. Well, this is probably the philosophy of Italian cooking, think at how tasty, nutritious, and cheap is a homemade dish of pasta… Potatoes, olive oil, flour and water, are the simple ingredients that allow you to easily prepare this beautiful appetizer…

Take this for now, profiteroles next time

Transforming beignets, or beignettine al formaggio What do you do when you try to make beignets for profiteroles and the beignets don’t rise properly? You stuff them with a cream of cheese, sprinkle with paprika and you give them a new name, like… beignettine al formaggio! Savoury beignets is not my invention of course, but…

Eggplants rissoles

Polpette di melanzane One of the last recipe from Italy… I am about to go back to California. My mum’s recipe for the eggplants rissoles.

Small green peppers… lost love of my valley

Peperoncini verdi fritti My passion for cooking really exploded since I moved to the Bay Area. California is such a rich country, the land here is so good and generous. Everything that I desire is here, and is of the best quality, but there is still something that I can’t find…