Category: Italian

Baklava for the Newlyweds

My daughter got married last weekend. Months of planning culminated in the perfect celebration. And my family got an amazing new son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. I am part of a large Italian family, and at our wedding celebrations we have a cookie table. Our cookie table always has several Italian cookies, but

New Pittsburgh Novel Bleeding Heart

Today’s post is a bit different. I am interviewing fellow author, blogger and my sister, Staci Troilo. I’ve been following Staci’s writing journey since she started. I’m excited to have my sister as my guest today sharing her journey as an author, and information about her upcoming book, Bleeding Heart, being released on August 11. 

Sweet Tooth? Try Pasticciotti

Those of you who know me, know that I prefer potato chips to sweet desserts. However, there is one sweet dessert that I’m in love with, Pasticciotti. I tried a version at a local bakery, and liked it, but on a trip with my daughter’s soccer team to Italy, I fell in love with it

Mom, What’s for Dinner?

I heard that question a lot when my kids were younger. I still hear it, but not as often.   With the hectic schedules we keep, after school activities, sports, job, shopping, household chores, we don’t have time to prepare a seven course meal. But we don’t want to go out to eat every night

Happy Mother’s Day

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and like most children, we made plans to treat mom to a special dinner for her special day (I had my day on Saturday, my son had to work Sunday). Steaks on the grill, Italian potato salad, zucchini fries, and garlic bread. For dessert, one of her favorites, a blitz torte

Life Goes On

The funeral home was crowded, and people were lined up out the door. We made our way through the line to do one last viewing and pay our respects to the family. My Aunt, her children, and her grandchildren were coping as well as could be expected, but their lives had changed, and would never

Easter Pizza—A Family Tradition

Flour, eggs, butter, sugar, Italian meats, cheese, and ricotta. What do these things have in common? They are all part of our family Easter tradition—Easter Pizza. Every Italian family has a variation of this traditional recipe, and everyone believes theirs to be the best. This is just one of the recipes that I have made

Happy Easter

Most of us will be busy this week preparing our Easter celebration. There are decorations that need to be put out, and clothes that need to be bought. Pictures with the Easter Bunny, coloring eggs, Easter egg hunts, shopping, and cooking, are also on the to do list. Easter is celebrated in several ways. Children

Gnocchi—Smells Like Sunday

I grew up in an Italian home. What, you ask? With a name like Jones, fair skin and blue eyes. If you didn’t know me, you would never have guessed. My Italian roots come from my mother, she is a Naccarato, and my grandfather came over on the boat from Calabria. My genes favor my