Sausage, Kale, & White Bean Soup

I am presently sitting in front of the fireplace watching the start of a heavy snowstorm outside. The weathermen are calling for anything from four to eight inches by dinner time so we will be bundling up to head outside to shovel snow yet again. I actually do not mind the snow too much, and […]

Easy Rolled Stromboli

I have to confess, that I after all the years that I have lived and traveled in Italy, I have never seen a stromboli offered on a restaurant menu. Stromboli is a type of rolled or braided dough filled with various Italian cheeses (typically mozzarella) and cold cuts. Pizza dough is often the dough u

Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps

When we are in Italy, we tend to gorge ourselves on fresh porcini mushrooms when they are in season, but unfortunately, they are just not available in North America. The type of mushroom that we can find here that is closest to porcini is probably the portobello variety. These big mushroom caps are

Walk and Wine in Italy – The White Wines from Piedmont

The Italian region of Piedmont is renowned for its acclaimed reds, Barolo and Barbaresco. But as we explore by bike or foot on our Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine tours, we discover that this lovely region produces some wonderful whites as well. Here is a brief overview of the whites you should try on

Rosemary Chocolate, Olive Oil Cake

Having the ability to harvest our own olives for oil, I love using olive oil, a heart-healthy fat in the kitchen, including in my baking. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, contains a large amount of antioxidants, has strong anti-inflammatory properties, and research shows that olive oil may

Pasta With Garlic, Chili, Walnuts & Blood Oranges

One of my “go to” pasta dishes has always been spaghetti with garlic, oil, and hot chili flakes (Aglio, Olio, & Peperoncino). It is a dish that can be pulled together in minutes, always takes great, and can be assembled with ingredients that you already have in your pantry. I came across a version o

Bomboloni With Jam Filling For Valentine’s Day or Carnivale

A bomboloni is basically a fried doughnut, and you can find them across Italy in every pastry shop or coffee bar in a myriad of variations. This recipe created tiny, light as air balls of deliciousness that I filled with a dollop of seedless raspberry jam. I don’t usually deep fry anything anymore,

Gnocchi di Ricotta e Barbabietole – Beet and Ricotta Gnocchi

One pasta dish we find no matter where we travel in Italy on our Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine tours – from the Dolomites to Venice, Tuscany to Piedmont to the Amalfi Coast -is gnocchi. Is gnocchi pasta? It is the ancestor of pasta, which began as dumplings formed from flour and water, poached in wat

Valentine’s Day Menu

Valentine’s Day is a time to show that special someone in your life how much you care, and what expresses that more than a well planned, elegant dinner for two? It is suggested that if you are setting the mood for love, that you should keep the meal light, the portions small, and surround yourself [

Blood Orange Toasted Almond Biscotti

wever Winter has finally arrived this weekend along with six inches of snow and frigid temperatures. I THOUGHT that I had weatherproofed my chicken coop and run, but Saturday the snow was blowing into the run which totally upset my chickens, and so I had to add some extra plastic covering along the

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon, Onions, & Eggs

My husband and I love roasted Brussels sprouts, and I prepare them at least once a week. I just wish that they didn’t smell up my kitchen after I roast them, but I guess that is a small negative when they taste so good! This recipe came about because I am working to feature vegetables […]

Walk and Wine in Tuscany – Il Palazzone

Our final – and often most loved – winery tour and tasting on our walking and cycling tours in Tuscany is Il Palazzone, a producer just outside Montalcino. Not only do we taste amazing Brunello and other wines, but our hosts are some of the most passionate and knowledgeable in the area. Laura Gray,

New Year’s Lentil & Farro Salad With Butternut Squash& Kale

Every year to ring in the new year, we follow the Italian tradition of eating lentils which are thought to bring luck and prosperity as the tiny round lentils are said to resemble the small lire coins. Usually, we enjoy a nice hearty bowl of lentil soup, or sometimes a dish of braised lentils and […

Bono Olive Oil Review & Contest Giveaway

– We have a hundred olive trees with a selection of four different varieties of olives on our property in Umbria that we harvest every year to create our own amazing organic extra virgin olive oil. Having the ability to taste our own delicious olive oil tends to make me a little bit of an […]

Creamy Tomato & Basil Soup

It has been a rather mild winter so far this year and rather than having to shovel mountains of snow like I expected, we have had just enough snow to dust the ground and keep everything looking clean and white. The temperatures have been very temperate, and so far we’ve only had a few frigid […]

Eggnog Cheesecake

The holidays are now behind us, and while I am anxious to clean out my refrigerator and start out the new year with light and healthy meals, I find I have a few holiday ingredients hanging around which is a problem that I seem to encounter often. Every year I buy a couple of containers […]

Lentil Soup

Zuppa di Lenticchie ~ This is a simple soup to make but is hearty enough to be the main course when a green salad and a loaf of crusty Italian bread are added. In Italy, it is traditional to serve lentils on New Year’s Eve, often braised with a unique type of sausage called cotechino. […]

Brasato di Coda di Bue al Barbera – Braised Oxtail in Barbera

Here’s a dish we see no matter where in Italy our Italiaoutdoors private tours take us – braised beef with Brunello in Tuscany, braised beef with Amarone in the Veneto, and braised in Barolo in Piedmont. A perfect dish for colder months that pairs superbly with the robust red wines that are the sign

Top Ten Recipes For 2018

I firmly believe that it is much more important to look forward than back, but I do like to review the previous year at least once to see what the most popular recipes were in the prior year on my blog. Italian Food Forever will soon be seventeen years old, and it is always surprising […]

Sautéed Garlicky Spinach

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that 2019 has already arrived and the holiday decorations have been packed away until next December. As much as I love decorating my house for Christmas, as soon as the holidays are over, I want every trace of Christmas packed away and my house sparkling clean t