Marcella Hazan’s Minestrone Soup

minestrone alla romagnola soup

Happy February! I’m a few days late because my blog was getting a much-needed facelift and I had to hold off on publishing new posts while my web developers worked behind the scenes. I am thrilled with the changes and I hope you like them as much as I do! I can’t believe how quickly January went by, although I may be in the minority of people who feel that way. Last month, I saw many people complaining about how January seemed to drag–as though the month was like one long Monday. I know that feeling because I have felt that […]

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Instant Pot Chicken Stock

instant pot chicken stock

I have never been able to get on the meal planning bandwagon. I certainly appreciate how valuable it is for making grocery shopping easier, effortless, and cost-effective. I also understand how sanity-saving it is to know exactly what is on the menu for the week. However, I’m always apprehensive about planning meals days in advance because…what if I’m not really in the mood to eat that meal once the day arrives? That said, I don’t fly by the seat of my pants with mealtimes, either. I just take a less structured approach to deciding what we will eat for dinner throughout […]

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Winter Fennel, Radicchio + Citrus Salad

winter fennel radicchio + citrus salad

I have never been (nor do I ever plan on being) one of these people who goes on a diet after the holidays. It’s disheartening to hear people speak as though they have to punish themselves at the start of the new year by going on a restrictive diet just because they ate some cookies and drank a little more alcohol than usual over the holiday season. I don’t do “clean eating” or fasting. Instead, I cook with as many whole and unprocessed ingredients as possible with a heavy emphasis on seasonal produce. I believe in balance and moderation for […]

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Braised Lentils with Sausage

lentils with sausage

Buon anno! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. It was lovely being home for Christmas this year after traveling overseas the last two years. Although being in Italy for Christmas and New Years is at the top of my “favorites” list, I did miss putting up our Christmas tree, baking cookies, and sending out Christmas cards. We will no doubt go to Italy for the holidays again, but it was nice to take a break and stay home this year. Like the past few years, I am taking January “off” from non-essential commitments and focusing on […]

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Baked Rigatoni with Zucchini and Ham

baked rigatoni

How have we already arrived to the end of the year?! I’m always surprised once the holiday season arrives despite knowing that it is approaching. I’ve never been one to begin preparing for Christmas mid-year, but I’m starting to think that isn’t such a bad idea. I started this month feeling under the weather for two weeks straight which put me behind on everything I have wanted to do for Christmas, including publishing more blog posts. As much as I love the holidays, it is also the time of year that I feel the most overwhelmed. The pressure is completely self-imposed […]

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