It’s Zeppole di San Giuseppe Day!

March 19 (today) is the feast day of St. Joseph, and Italians everywhere are celebrating the arrival of Zeppole di San Giuseppe, a pastry treat of fried dough served on this occasion with a lush and creamy custard filling.

I first made Zeppole di San Giuseppe on this day last year when my brother-in-law, Emanuele, was visiting from Toronto. Emanuele and my husband, Tony, grew up in Etobicoke, Ontario, just a block or so away from the famed Italian deli and pastry shop, Sanremo Bakery. Read More


Recipe Time Capsule, week of Mar. 17-23

This Week: Zeppole di San Giuseppe, Pasta Aglio e Olio, Roast Leg of Lamb with Spring Vegetables, Asparagus Spring Frittata, Scaloppine of Pork Piccata and Asparagus Bleu Cheese Soup

I write a weekly food column for Forum Communications, which appears in The Forum newspaper and several of its subsidiaries throughout the Midwest. Below you’ll find links to past columns featured this week, since the column’s debut in 2012. Just click on the photo to visit each link. For a printable recipe, see the list at the end of the post.

This week’s time capsule welcomes the arrival of spring with Zeppole di San Giuseppe (a classic Italian treat to honor the feast of St. Joseph on March 19), a simple and delicous pasta dish, an elegant Roast Leg of Lamb for Easter, two great spring asparagus recipes and a family favorite, Scaloppine of Pork Piccata. 

Enjoy, and please let me know what YOU’RE cooking this week! Read More


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Boxty

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than a classic potato dish like Irish Boxty? This traditional potato pancake combines both mashed and shredded potatoes to create a wonderfully crisp crust to hold all that creamy potato goodness inside.

We serve our boxty with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of scallions or fresh chives, but this versatile pancake can be enjoyed in myriad ways. Give it a try and let us know how YOU like your boxty.

Easy to make, perfectly Irish and, of course, delicious. Erin go Bragh!

Looking for more great Irish recipes? Be sure to check out our post: 7 Irish Specialties for St. Patrick’s Day.  Read More


3 Amazing Recipes for Pi(e) Day

Each year, math lovers around the world mark the date of 3/14 by participating in mathematical competitions, running 3.14 miles, wearing clothing with the pi symbol or the face of Albert Einstein, whose birthday just happens to fall on March 14.

Those of us not so mathematically-inclined can also join the fun simply by eating anything with a circular shape, like pizza, or a cookie, and of course, pie. Here are three of our favorite pie recipes, including a creamy classic, two handheld specialties and even a savory option. Happy Pi Day!

1. Coconut Cream Pie

In our family, this classic Coconut Cream Pie is a springtime tradition in our family and this recipe gets an ultra coconut boost  by incorporating both coconut milk and coconut rum into the custard filling. Read More


Recipe Time Capsule, week of Mar. 10-16

This Week: Mostly Irish, a touch of French for good measure…Erin go Bragh!

I write a weekly food column for Forum Communications, which appears in The Forum newspaper and several of its subsidiaries throughout the Midwest. Below you’ll find links to past columns featured this week, since the column’s debut in 2012. Just click on the photo to visit each link. For a printable recipe, see the list at the end of the post.

This week’s time capsule recipes feature some of our favorite Irish specialties, as well as a French pasta dish that was always a hit in our restaurant days and still remains a personal favorite (its rich and comforting nature makes it the perfect antidote to this endless winter).

Enjoy, and please let me know if you find a new favorite!  Read More


7 Irish Specialties for St. Patrick’s Day

Here are seven of our favorite Irish specialties for you to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day. Our list has all you’ll need to get your green on: bread, soup, mains, sides and even a couple of boozy surprises. The list follows the photos above, starting from the top left to right, then the bottom left to right. Enjoy and Erin go Bragh!

1. Irish Soda Bread
Soda Bread is an Irish favorite in our family and I make two different versions each year: My Mother’s Irish Soda Bread and Traditional White Irish Soda Bread.

2. Irish Potato Leek Soup
Both potatoes and leeks feature prominently in Irish cuisine, and what better way to enjoy them than together? This classic soup is rich, velvety smooth and comforting.

3. Irish Steak & Stout Hand Pies
The crust on these charming handheld pies is tender and flaky, but still sturdy enough to support the savory Guinness-infused steak filling.

4. Poached Salmon with Leek Cream Sauce
In our restaurant days, this specialty was a guest-favorite even beyond St. Patrick’s Day. Poaching the salmon leaves the fish delicate enough to showcase the luscious flavor and texture of the leek cream sauce.

5. Irish Colcannon
We first experienced this traditional Irish potato dish at a pub in a remote village of Ireland (whose name we’ve long forgotten) during our cruise ship days. Every time we make it we are instantly transported back to that place and time.

6. Irish Cream Liqueur
Did you know you can make your very own Irish cream liqueur? Well, you can, and it’s easy and delicious. You might even make it when it’s not St. Patty’s Day. Like, maybe just an ordinary Tuesday.

7. Irish Cream Cheesecake
Think chocolate chip cheesecake on steroids – this decadent dessert hits all the right notes. It’s even better when you make it with your homemade Irish cream liqueur.