Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Papa's Home Fries

My Dad owns an Italian restaurant and has loved cooking ever since he was a kid. Whenever he's home he likes to whip up something new alongside my Mamma. 

He's always teaching me new tricks and tips and these homemade fries were absolutely delicious. They can be baked or fried, same great taste. Perfect as a side dish. Buon Appetito!

2 lb small red potatoes
olive oil for sautéing and frying
parmiggiano cheese
black pepper
let's make it

1. Wash the potatoes and place them in a pot filled with water. Boil for about 13-15 minutes, until soft.

2. Once soft, rinse the water and let potatoes cool. Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. 

3. Cut the potatoes in halves or wedges and begin to fry them, the white part down first. Once it is cooked and browned, turn over and cook the skin. 

4. Once all of the potatoes are cooked, place them in a mixing bowl. Drizzle olive oil and season them with all of the ingredients. Mix well.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Sweet Potato Fries

I've been really enjoying reading books about cooking. It's something about the way that food is described that excites me. Carrots being cubed, onions sizzled with drips of olive oil, the pizza's crust flaking as you tear it apart. So descriptive to the point where you can hear and see the food in your mind. 

I'm reading a book by Shauna Niequist called Bread & Wine and it is wonderful. It combines all of my favorite things into one book: faith, food, and family. It also has recipes. 

I made these sweet potato fries the other night, and they were a hit. Except I used yams, and to my surprise tasted amazing. They're simple to make and look great as a side dish.  Buon Appetito!


Serves 4  

4 sweet potatoes or yams
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for oiling the pans
for the dipping sauce

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon hot sauce of your choice 

let's make it

1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Place two rimmed baking sheets in the oven to warm up.  

2. Peel and slice (or you can leave the peel for the yams) into long, thin batons, the thinner the better.

3. Pull the hot pans out of the oven and oil them, being careful not to burn yourself. 

4. Toss the sweet potatoes with olive oil, then line them up on the baking sheets so they're not touching or overlapping.

5. Put both pans into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, switch the pans and give them a shake, turning the sweet potatoes.

6. Bake them for another 6 to 10 minutes, depending on how crispy you would like them.

7. Remove them when they begin to golden.

8. Sprinkle them with salt.

9. Mix the dipping sauce ingredients into a side bowl as the sweet potato fries are cooking.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Zia Delfina's Biscotti al Cioccolato e Cocco

Thanksgiving is the beginning of the joyous and oh so jolly (yay it's Christmas everywhere!!!) season of the year.

I remember when I was a little girl, my Zia Delfina would fill her cucina with all different types of Italian sweets and treats. She would have me help her dip chocolate and coconut on these cookies, and somehow I fell in love with the whole process of making them.   

Now every time I go back to Italy, I relive these sweet memories and make them all over again at our family parties with her.

I made this batch with my Mom for our Thanksgiving family feast. They are simple, sweet, and are sure to be a hit at your next gathering. Buon Appetito! 


2 cups all-purpose flour 
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 lemon
3/4 stick of butter
2 tsp. baking powder
 3 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk
1 large bag of coconut flakes

let's make it

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9 by 18 baking sheet. 

2. In a bowl, mix together eggs and sugar.

3. Add lemon zest and melted butter into the mixture. 

4. Use a tablespoon to add flour slowly to the mixture. 

5. Finally, add 2 teaspoons of baking powder to the mix.

6. Place the mixture onto the baking sheet, mold it into a rectangle.

7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until it has a touch of color. The cake should be a little soft, leave out to cool. 

 8. In a pan, heat the 3 cups of chocolate chips over the stove. Add milk slowly, continually stirring chocolate.  

9. Once the cake is cooled, cut it into little squares. Then begin to first dip the pieces one by one in the melted chocolate, followed by the coconut flakes. 

10. Place the finished cookies on a plate and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.