Leek and Fennel Risotto with Roasted Mushrooms

Fennel Leek Risotto

I love risotto because it’s one of the dishes I can cook without a recipe. It stands up to many different kinds of alterations and mix-ins, and will probably turn out fine as long as you have the right ratio of rice to liquid in mind (and even that, you can fudge a bit and […]

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  Spaghetti carbonara is an old favorite that I’ve been meaning to reblog for some time now. The original recipe comes from Solo Suppers and I’ve featured it on the blog before, but this is my doctored version, the way I make the dish most. Adjustments I’ve made […]

Zucchini Noodles & Turkey Meatballs

Toss the zucchini with some sauce before plating, then top with two meatballs. Add a little extra sauce and some Parmesan cheese if you want.

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  This post is a culmination of a couple of things that happened over the holidays: Some new kitchen toys I received for Christmas, including a lovely set of stainless steel cookware (thanks Mom!) and a very useful yet very terrifying slicer called a mandoline (thanks Aunt Cindy […]

Foolproof Gnocchi

Sweet potato gnocchi with a sage butter sauce.

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  This recipe for foolproof gnocchi is based on one from My Italian Kitchen by Luca Manfé. (See one of Luca’s risotto recipes here.) The original is Spinach Gnocchi with Smoked Ricotta, which sounds delicious, but I’ve never made it! I have, however, used Luca’s gnocchi method on […]

Risotto Cakes & Stuffed Mini Peppers

Risotto cakes are an easy way to revitalize your leftovers.

Yesterday I posted this recipe for Asparagus and Lemon Risotto, a recipe from My Italian Kitchen by MasterChef winner Luca Manfé. That recipe made enough risotto for about 4 people, which means Paul and I were left with about 2 cups of leftovers. Rather than reheat it and eat sub-par leftover risotto, I came up […]

Asparagus and Lemon Risotto

This asparagus and lemon risotto is rich and creamy but with a bright lemon flavor.

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  If you were reading the blog last summer, you probably know I’m a big fan of MasterChef, Fox’s cooking competition show for amateur home cooks. (The new season starts Monday at 8 pm EST–check it out!) Well, the cookbook from Luca Manfé, the Season 4 winner, just […]

Homemade Pizza

This is my go-to recipe for homemade pizza.

Way back when I started blogging, the first recipe I posted was for homemade pizza crust. Well, it’s time for an update. Since I posted that recipe, I’ve made many, many pizzas. We probably have homemade pizza once a month, at least. While the crust method described in the first post is more or less the […]

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan featuring (unfried) chicken and homemade tomato sauce, all cooked in one skillet.

This recipe is my go-to chicken Parm. It’s easier, faster and healthier than the fried version and comes together super-fast in one skillet. Add a side of pasta and you’ve got a quick meal and only two dirty pots! The original recipe comes from Cooks Country TV (you can read it on their website with […]

Sausage & Polenta

Sausage, peppers and onions in tomato sauce over polenta.

Today seemed like the perfect day for posting this recipe. Fall weather has arrived in Cincinnati (for the time being–we’ll hit the 80s again next week) and MasterChef just wrapped up its fourth season in the US. I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t been watching, but suffice it to say that my […]

Italian Salad

Toss to combine.

I’m not sure where the recipe (or maybe just the idea) for this salad originally came from, but I do remember it on the table at nearly every family gathering held at my great aunt’s house. At some point it was christened “Italian salad” and the name stuck. It’s a simple salad featuring broccoli, cauliflower, […]