Easy frittelle

1 cup milk
2 eggs
6 Tbsp sugar
2 1/2 cup of cake flour (sifted)
1 Tbsp baking powder
Zest of 2 oranges
Oil to fry (vegetable, sunflower or canola)
Sugar and cinnamon

In a bowl mix all the ingredients until creamy consistency.  With a help of a spoon drop the dough into hot oil (350F). Fry until golden brown.  Remove promptly onto a plate with some paper towels to absorb the oil.  Roll the frittelle in desired amounts of sugar and cinnamon.


Castagnole For Carnivale (Frittelle)

Castagnole For Carnivale  

Frittelle recipe

Yield: Makes 30
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Some of the fried sweets most popular across Italy during Carnivale are frittelle, cenci, chiacchiere and these little fried balls of dough called Castagnole.


8 Ounces All-purpose Flour
2 Ounces Melted Butter
2 Whole Eggs
4 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Tablespoon Amaretto
Oil For Frying
For Serving:
Powdered Sugar


Mix together the flour, butter, eggs, sugar and liqueur until blended.
Heat up the oil in a heavy saucepan to 350 degrees F.
Take a small spoonful of the dough (size of a large olive or 1 1/2 inches) and gently roll into a ball and drop into the hot oil.
Fry until golden brown on all sides and then remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined tray to remove any excess oil.
Dust liberly with powdered sugar and serve warm.


Chestnut ravioli filled with Guinea fowl

For the pasta dough: 

120gr (½cup - 4oz) chestnut flour  
180gr (0.8cup - 6.4oz) Semolina
3 eggs

Mix together chestnut and hard wheat flour and eggs and leave the dough to rest about half an hour. Roll out the dough with the pasta machine or the rolling pin, then cut it with the fettuccine accessory if you use the pasta machine, otherwise do like this: roll the sheet of dough up into a tube, then slice the tube into rounds of 1cm wide and shake the skeet out with your hands to free the strands; set them to dry on a rack for few hours.

For the Guinea Fowl filling:

1 Guinea Fowl
1 onion
1 carrot
4 cloves of Garlic
1 Smal potato
1 tea spoon of smoked paprika

In a big pan, cook all the ingredients expect the paprika.  Once the meat is cooked, pull out of the bones and add to the food processor the meat, potatoes, garlic and the carrot.

For the sauce:

2 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of pine nuts
8 leafs of sage
Salt & Pepper

Serve with Parmiggiano cheese on the top. 

Black ravioli with Smoked salmon and lemon sauce

Black dough

4 oz (1/2 cup) of Semolina flour
1 egg
1 sachet of squid ink 

Using a fork begging mixing in the egg and the squid ink with the flour.  Once egg has been mixed in enough, begin using your hands to work the dough.  Continues until reaches a smooth consistency, adding a light dust of flour if necessary.  Cover the dough with plastic wrap to protect from drying.  For best results, let the dough rest for at least 10 minutes.

Smoked salmon fill

Smoked salmon
1/2 cup of mashed potatoes
1 tea spoon of nutmeg
Salt & Pepper

Mix all the ingredients and meme into a paste with a help or a mortar or food processor.

Dill and Lemon sauce 

1/2 box of cream (panna)

1 chopped onion
3 Tbls of olive oil
1 juicy lemon
1 tbls of dill
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large sauce pan, sauté the onions until lightly browned.  Add the cream (Panna), the lemon juice, the dill and add salt and pepper to taste.  If the sauce is too thick, add small spoons of the water from the pasta that is cooking.  Add the al dente pasta to the sauce and sauté for a minute.  The pasta is ready to be served.


Broccoli with almonds and garlic

1 head of Broccoli 
1 hand full of almonds (Crushed or sliced)
3 cloves of garlic (Sliced)
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

1. Wash and clean the broccoli, steam for not more than 5 minutes.
2. In a frying pan, add the olive oil, garlic and almond until brown (be careful to don't burn the garlic!).
3. Sauté the broccoli with the olive oil, garlic and almond. Add salt & pepper if necessary.

Benefits of Broccoli:
Broccoli is high in vitamin C and dietary fiber; it also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such asdiindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium. A single serving provides more than 30 mg of vitamin C and a half-cup provides 52 mg of vitamin C. The 3,3'-Diindolylmethane found in broccoli is a potent modulator of the innate immune response system with anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer activity. Broccoli also contains the compound glucoraphanin, which can be processed into an anti-cancer compound sulforaphane, though the anti-cancer benefits of broccoli are greatly reduced if the vegetable is boiled. Broccoli is also an excellent source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.
Boiling broccoli reduces the levels of suspected anti-carcinogenic compounds, such as sulforaphane, with losses of 20–30% after five minutes, 40–50% after ten minutes, and 77% after thirty minutes. However, other preparation methods such as steaming, microwaving, and stir frying had no significant effect on the compounds.
Broccoli has the highest levels of carotenoids in the brassica family. It is particularly rich in lutein and also provides a modest amount of beta-carotene.



  • When I was in France I made sure to buy the best vegetables I could find!
    Ratatoille is a classic French recipe. Is easy, inexpensive to make and very healthy. You can eat as an antipasto, only dish or as a side dish for any kind of meat. I enjoy eating the Ratatoille in summer days with a good piece of pugliese bread and a nice glass of wine. Ratatoille is very well paired with red wines, but is also great with a rose or a light red such as Bardolino. The only hard thing about this dish, is doing the dishes. French recipes tend to use a lot of pans. That's one difference between Italian and French cooking. Italian cook for ten people and use one pan, the French cook for one person and use ten pans!
    • 2 eggplants, cut into cubes
      4 tomatoes, diced
      5 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
      ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
      1/3 cup loosely packed, chopped fresh basil
      ¾ cup loosely packed, chopped flat-leaf parsley
      2 white onions, thinly sliced
      3 red or yellow bell peppers, cored, seeded, and chopped
      3 zucchini, cut in cubes
      1/3 cup dry white wine
      Salt & Pepper

      In a large saucepan, cook the tomatoes, garlic, black pepper, basil, and parsley, uncovered, over medium heat.
      In a large skillet, sauté the onions and bell peppers in a small amount of olive oil over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are very lightly browned. Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the browned vegetables to the tomato mixture.

      In another frying pan, sautè the eggplants.
      In another one the Zucchini. 
      When all the vegetables are brown (better if is crispy), transfer all to the tomato mixture, put the fire on high and add the wine and cook for 5 minutes. After that add the herbs, salt & pepper.


Cantucci - Biscotti

· 4 cups of Flour (Extra if needed)
· 1 teaspoon of Orange zest
· 1 teaspoon of Honey
· 2 cups of Almonds 
· 2 ¼ cup of  Sugar
· 1/2 cup of butter, melted
· 6 eggs (4 eggs and one yolk for the 
dough and an egg to brush the cookies)
· 1 tea spoon baking soda or 2 tea spoon baking power
· 1 pinch of fine salt

Preheat the oven to 190˚C/375˚F;

2. Place the almonds on a baking sheet and toast them for a few minutes;

3. Sift the flour and baking powder or baking soda 
ogether and set aside;

4. In a large bowl mix the four whole eggs, egg yolk, salt, orange zest, honey and sugar (whisk until mixture is puffed and fluffy);

5. Add melted butter, mix well, then pour the flour sifted with baking powder and mix everything well. Add almonds.

6. Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead it with your hands until you have ball. Divide it into two or three parts of equal size, depending on the desired size of the corners. Get two or three long loaves about 30 centimeters and transfer to a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

7. Brush the dough with slightly beaten egg and bake 20 minutes.

8. Remove from the oven and cool.

9. Slice to get cookies of about 1-1.5 cm. Place them back on the cookie sheet and bake at 170˚C/350˚F 10-15 minutes.

10. Let them cool before serving. They can be stored several months in a tin box.


Arancini Siciliani

                                          Arancini Siciliani

Ingredients for the rice:

1 finely chopped onion
 1 finely chopped garlic clove

Olive oil
Saffron (about one gram depending of the quality)
500g Arborio rice
100g of Pecorino, Grana or Parmiggiano greated
3 egg yolk
1.2 litter of vegetable/chicken or meat stock
30g of butter
Two bay leaves
Salt & Pepper to taste

Ingredients for the filling:

200g of minced meat (can be beef, pork or veal)
½ chopped onion
80g of peas
40g of tomato paste
25g of butter
1 cup of red wine
1 Scamorza cutted in cubes
Chopper parsley
Salt & Pepper to taste

Extra ingredients:

Sunflower oil or you can use ½ olive oil ½ sunflower oil to fry



Fry the onions and garlic; add the rice and hot stock (about 1.2 liters).
Add the saffron, bay leaves and more water if necessary.  When the rice is cooked, turn the heat off and add the cheese, butter and the egg yolks.  Mix very well to

make sure the rice is a sticky consistency.                                     


Fry the onion with olive oil and butter, then add the meat, when the meat is brown add the wine.  After the wine reduces add the tomato paste diluted in one cup of water.  Add salt, pepper and parsley and let cook until the water evaporates for at least 20 minutes.

While you cook the meat, in another pan, fry the peas with olive oil.  Add the peas with the meat when the meat is cooked.

With the rice not to hot, make the Arancini like the picture bellow, then breaded the arancini with eggs and breadcrumbs two times.

Fry the Arancini in sunflower oil until is golden and crispy.


Pane tricolore

1 cup of white beer
1 table spoon of fresh bread yeast
 2 table spoon of sugar
1 table spoon of salt
3 to 4 cups of flour
1/2 cup of olive oil
1 table spoon of spicy paprika
2 table spoons of pesto

Step 1:
In a big bowl add the yeast and sugar. Let the sugar to dissolve the fresh yeast.  
Add the beer, the flour and the salt.

Step 2:
Getting it together
Mix until it's stodgy, then you can be more aggressive, bringing in all the flour, making the mix less sticky. Flour your hands and pat and push the dough together with all the remaining flour. (Certain flours need a little more or less water/beer, so feel free to adjust.)

Step 3: kneading!
This is where you get stuck in. With a bit of elbow grease, simply push, fold, slap and roll the dough around, over and over, for 4 or 5 minutes until you have a silky and elastic dough. When you have an elastic texture add the olive oil divide the dough in three pieces and in two of the pieces add the paprika and the pesto, then gently and make the baguettes.

Step 4: Breeding
Breed the bread and let rise for about two hours!

Step 5: cooking your bread
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Don't slam the door or you'll lose the air that you need. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked and golden brown. You can tell if it's cooked by tapping its bottom – if it sounds hollow it's done, if it doesn't then pop it back in for a little longer. Once cooked, place on a rack and allow it to cool for at least 30 minutes.


         1 packet active dried yeast or one cube of fresh yeast
            1 tsp sugar
            1 1/2 cups warm water
            4 cups plain flour
            1/4 cup Olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh Basil
            1/4 cup Parmiggiano, grated
                        2 tsp salt
 Place the yeast, sugar and water together in a bowl and set aside 
till frothy - takes approx 5-8min. Then sift the flour and salt into a 
bowl and stir in the yeast mixture along with olive oil.
 Knead well into a pliable dough.
Roll it out on a floured surface and knead for 10min. It should be soft 
and elastic.
 Roll out into a circle and fill in the center with chopped Basil and Parmesan. Can add some minced garlic too.
 Bring the ends up, close the filling and knead well till the filling is well incorporated all over the dough. Place in a well oiled bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. It will double in size.
 Now take the dough into 12 pieces. If you want it very thin, then it will yeild approx 25 pieces. Now roll each of the pieces into a long stick about 12 inches long. Place on a greased baking sheet and top it off with more Parmiggiano.
 Bake for 15-20min or until golden in a preheated Oven to 400F.


Ravioli with dill filled with olives and lemon sauce

Dill dough:
3 eggs
1 table spoon of dried dill
300g/0.66 pounds of 00 flour (cake flour)

Using a fork begging mixing in the egg with the flour and dill.  Once egg has been mixed in enough, begin using your hands to work the dough.  Continues until reaches a smooth consistency, adding a light dust of flour if necessary.  Cover the dough with plastic wrap to protect from drying.  For best results, let the dough rest for at least 10 minutes.

Olive filling for ravioli

100g/0.22 pounds of black olives paste
100g/0.22 pounds of ricotta
Salt & Pepper (if necessary)

Mix the ingredients in a bowl.

Lemon Sauce

1 cup of heavy cream (panna)
3 Tbls of olive oil
1 chopped onion
1 juicy lemon
1 lemon zested  
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large sauce pan, sauté the onions until lightly browned.  Add the cream (Panna), the lemon juice, add salt and pepper to taste.  If the sauce is too thick, add small spoons of the water from the pasta that is cooking.  Add the al dente pasta to the sauce and sauté for a minute.  The pasta is ready to be served.