Tuscan White Beans (a recipe from Dario Cecchini)

Going to Dario Cecchini’s in Panzano in Chianti is always fun. While getting there may cause a little dizziness as you navigate the switchbacks that climb up and down the hills in the Chianti area, once you get there, the only dizziness you may feel is from taking in the scene that is the butcher… Continue reading Tuscan White Beans (a recipe from Dario Cecchini)

Porter Pancetta Porcini Oxtail Stew

The title of this recipe, Porter Pancetta Porcini Oxtail Stew sounds a bit like a law firm. Or maybe this is just on my mind as I work with a lot of law firms. Or maybe I’m thinking about work because the Clifford Porter I use is from Clifford Brewing and I happen to work with the very… Continue reading Porter Pancetta Porcini Oxtail Stew

Sweet and Smokey Potato Soup

Sweet potatoes are showing up everywhere. Want a “healthy” french fry? Sweet potato fries. Want a colourful mash for Thanksgiving or any other family get-together? Sweet potato mashed potatoes (and, if you’re old enough to remember, sweet potato mashed potatoes topped with marshmallows). Sweet potato soup? Why not! Remember when we made Chicken Tinga Tacos for National Taco Day? We used chipotle peppers… Continue reading Sweet and Smokey Potato Soup

Red Lentil Ragu

Happy New Year! Welcome, 2017! Hello from post number 100! After the holiday season of non-stop eating and drinking, I’m sure that I’m not alone in wanting to put some lighter-calorie meals on the menu! Italians are extremely passionate about their food. It’s one of the many reasons why Italian food is so fabulous. I read… Continue reading Red Lentil Ragu

Italian Comfort Food – Beef Osso Bucco

With the weather getting slightly cooler and fall upon us, it’s time to warm up to some comfort food, Italian style! This is one of the classics! Osso Bucco means “bone hole” in Italian, which is appropriate as this dish from the Piedmont region is traditionally made with veal shank. The “O” of the bone is filled… Continue reading Italian Comfort Food – Beef Osso Bucco

Chicken Tinga Tacos

Tomorrow, October 4th, is National Taco Day! Okay, I’ll be honest, it’s not an official holiday, so no, you don’t get the day off work (sadly), but it is a great excuse to eat tacos. (I know, like we need an excuse?! Tacos are eaten by millions of people ever day!) Tacos, in fact, have… Continue reading Chicken Tinga Tacos

Sauce for Students (Sausage Pasta Sauce)

I’m a big believer in having kids learn how to cook. It is so important to cook instead of ordering take-out or fast food. Not only are you eating healthier, it is costing you a lot less! With back to school fast approaching, I thought I’d post this sauce. The start of the school season… Continue reading Sauce for Students (Sausage Pasta Sauce)