Category Archives: First Course

Ravioli di Ricotta

Ricotta ravioli takes me back to Milan. It’s a wonderful primo piatto (first course) or a meal on its own. It’s a simple yet elegant dish with great balance of delicate flavors. The creamy ricotta filling combined with the rich … Continue reading

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Minestrone

Minestrone is an Italian soup which usually consists of seasonal vegetables and sometimes the addition of pasta, rice, and/or beef. This is one of my favorite soups. It’s hearty, healthy and the best comfort food on a cold night. It’s … Continue reading

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Salmon Couscous

Couscous adds a special touch and light texture (as well as nutritional value) to many dishes. Although known as a “grain,” it is made from a grain (semolina) with water by rolling to form small pellets. It is more nutritious … Continue reading

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Celebrating Family (Fresh Pasta Recipe)

Growing up, every Sunday when my grandmother cooked, it was always a feast. One of my favorite dishes (and fondest memories) of my grandmother’s cooking is her fresh pasta. I always think of her when I make my own. As … Continue reading

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