Sicilian Caponata

This appetizer of fried eggplant with peppers, onions, and garlic has been a staple of Sicilian cuisine for centuries; there are as many variations of this dish as their are kitchens in Sicily. I learned…Continue Reading

Pasta Alla Norma

This simple vegetarian pasta is the national dish of Sicily. It probably originated in Catania in the 19th century and is reportedly named after the opera “Norma” by Vincenzo Bellini. It is traditionally served with…Continue Reading

Panzanella Salad

Nothing says summer like fresh tomatoes and this salad is a lovely way to use an abundance of cherry tomatoes. Perfect for alfresco dinners on the deck along-side grilled meats. Serves: 4-6 INGREDIENTS 1 Loaf…Continue Reading

Risotto with Beetroot and Pecatini

Recipe courtesy of La Terrazza del Chiostro, Pienza, Italy Serves 6 Ingredients 500 gr. Rice (3 1/2 cups) 500 gr. Beet (3 1/2 cups 70 gr. (1/2 cup) Peconzola (Pecorino blue cheese from Pienza)* 100 ml.…Continue Reading

Scottish Lamb Pie

Meat pies with hot-water crust are hearty and delicious. In the middle ages the crusts were thick and hard and not meant to be eaten, just a vessel for the filling. These crusts are tasty;…Continue Reading

Scottish Millionaire Bars

A decadent combination of buttery shortbread, soft caramel, and chocolate, these bars originated in Scotland and are so named because they are so rich.   INGREDIENTS For the shortbread crust: 1 cup unsalted butter, softened…Continue Reading