Accidental pasta with Italian sausage

I had dinner planned to a tee. I made fried chicken, sweet potato mash and broccoli for my daughter and me, her two play-date buddies and their mother. I didn’t account for the extra guests … [more]

Tuna penne with rocket arugula and lemon

Our dear friend Jennie, who spent six months in Rome, came back with this amazingly delicious and simple recipe that is quintessential Roman. This Tuna penne with arugula and lemon recipe is one of … [more]


If there was a temple for lasagne, I would worship there as a devotee on a regular basis. (You can read more about my devotion to it here ). It is one of the most comforting of all foods, in my … [more]

Simply spaghetti

I was in Tuscany in a place of dreams. It was summer and, even though the sun had gone, it was still as warm as England’s hottest day. I sat on a terrace wondering if any view could be more … [more]

Pasta with Prawns

The other night I asked my daughter what we should make for dinner. We had guests coming over and I wanted to enlist her help. She is nearly six, but pretty good in the kitchen. She started with … [more]

Asparagus Pasta

Serves 2 large appetites, or 4 small ones [more]

Pasta with garlic, olive oil and broccoli

If you read any of my recipes, you know that I am all about comfort food and simple, easy dishes. This is just about as simple and tasty as they come. They key to this dish is using an excellent … [more]

Tomato Sauce with Pasta

This is my go to comfort meal when tomatoes are in season. Frequently I will pick up bruised tomatoes on the cheap from the farmers at the market. I keep trying to make extra to store in the freezer … [more]


I much prefer this easy dish to the store bought box of mac-n-cheese (organic or not.) And so do my kids. Since there is always grated parmesan or a hunk of hard cheese in my fridge (I also like this … [more]

Vegetarian Carbonara

Consider this Italian comfort food. It is the perfect dish for a rainy Sunday that’s got you feeling blah. It’s even better on a Murphy Monday when everything thing that could go wrong … [more]

Fusilli Salmon

I first tasted a pretty good salmon pasta in a restaurant. It was a great idea with mediocre execution, so I went home determined to make this dish sparkle. This is a great little salmon dish that is … [more]

Pasta dinner

This pasta dinner with heirloom tomato sauce, baked cauliflower, and little gem salad is an easy dinner for a warm summer evening. [more]

Porky pasta

My daughter eats everything. To keep her on her toes, I am trying out new dishes every chance I get. Thing is, I don’t have a lot of time. I just put together a pasta sauce with stuff we had in … [more]

Tomato, Tofu & Macaroni (Vegan Mac & Cheese)

Everybody in the world needs some form of mac & cheese. It’s like serving a smile on a plate. My friend gave me this one to try. This will make about 4 servings. [more]

Three Cheese Macaroni & Cheese

There are few dishes more comforting than macaroni and cheese and this recipe will bring a little comfort to the whole family. Adults and children seem to gobble this up. I frequently make this for … [more]

Rustichella d’abruzzo

In my kitchen and for my family there is only one linguine that I use and that is rustichella d’abruzzo. It’s the only pasta that I’ve found that actually absorbs the delectable flavors of the … [more]

A passion for Italy and olive oil.

I’ve spent a lot of time in Europe for work and more often than not have let my stomach drag me to the kitchen to investigate recipes. I love meeting people and food is a great bonding tool. … [more]

Sweet tooth Carbonara pasta

I’ve always been a fan of pasta and the mind boggling variety of sauces possible. Carbonara is one of my favorite for the creamy, savoury, funghi and pork explosion with the first mouth-full. … [more]

Rocket pesto

I make this in England and people get upset that my pesto has no basil in it. It’s not like there’s a rule that says pesto has to have basil in it . In fact, there are no rules in the … [more]

Fusilli with hot sausage and fennel

We have made this recipe many times, in fact, if you have been to our house for dinner, chances are you have had it. The kids don’t like it so spicy so I will substitute sweet italian sausage … [more]

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