Eau de Vie Julie Anne Seafood Risotto

Eau De Vie Julie Anne Seafood Risotto

Last year I was honored with a limited edition bottle of grappa named after me, and Simini Catering in Turin, Italy very kindly sent me a case to sample. I don’t drink alcohol, but I do cook with it, and today I finally got around… Keep Reading »

White Meat Lasagna

White Meat Lasagna

A lot of my clients will not eat red meat, so I started coming up with flavorful white meat options of family favorite classics. This can be made with either chicken or turkey, but I personally prefer the slightly stronger flavor of turkey. It can… Keep Reading »

White & Black Bean Spaghetti

Black & White Bean Spaghetti

I first made this for a friend that Tatjana had visiting last summer, and they both gave it the thumbs up, so I started making it for my vegetarian clients too.  Packed full of fiber and protein, this is a very healthy yet hardy meal… Keep Reading »

Penne alla Norma

Penne alla Norma

This versatile vegetarian dish originated in Sicily, and can be served as a first course or Tatjana and I love it as a main course. Play around with the vegetables and cheese to create your own version – I like the meaty texture of mushrooms… Keep Reading »

Turkey Sausage Meatballs and Peppers

Italian Turkey Sausage Meatballs & Peppers

Hot Italian turkey sausage adds a kick of heat to these classic Italian meatballs with sautéed bell peppers over spaghetti. The perfect comfort food anytime of year…. Keep Reading »

Spaghetti with Broccoli

Spaghetti with Broccoli

The juxtaposed textures of the al dente spaghetti and the crisp-tender broccoli are surprising, yet pleasing. As is the slight saltiness of the pasta with the hint of sweetness from the broccoli. Then add fruity olive oil, fragrant garlic, and a hint of heat topped… Keep Reading »

Risotto Milanese

Risotto Milanese

Creamy, tender cheesy risotto, with a hint of dry white wine that pairs perfectly with Osso Bucco…. Keep Reading »

Venetian Scallops

Venetian Scallops

Sweet, tender, perfectly seared scallops atop al dente spaghetti or fettuccine, with a small pinch of saffron to brighten the rich tomato sauce. If you have vegetarians in the household, serve them first, stirring some rinsed and drained white beans into their serving(s), then top… Keep Reading »

Jewels Turkey Bolognese

Jewels Turkey Bolognese

I started making this slightly lower fat version of Bolognese on a diet years ago, and never missed the red meat so I never went back. Of course you can make this the traditional way by substituting beef and/or pork if you prefer, or try… Keep Reading »

Mushroom & Tofu Ragu

Mushroom & Tofu Ragu over Spaghetti Squash

I automatically lean towards Asian flavors when working with tofu, so I deliberately started experimenting with more Mediterranean flavors, and came up with this almost meaty ragu. I also happened to have a houseguest who follows a gluten-free diet staying with me when I first… Keep Reading »

Pasta Putenesca

Rigatoni Puttanesca

Fast and easy pasta named after fast women. Puttans is Italian for prostitutes – who would make this simple, aromatically delicious pasta to lure their customers into their houses of ill repute. Now you can use it to seduce your mate too…. Keep Reading »

Baked Penne with Hot Italian Turkey Sausage

Baked Penne with Hot Italian Sausage

This is an old client classic that is popular with children and adults alike. It’s also a great way to get your picky eaters to eat their spinach. I recently served it to my daughter’s boyfriend for dinner, and he liked it so much –… Keep Reading »

Pistachio-Raisin Couscous

Pistachio-Raisin Couscous

Sweet and savory, soft and crunchy, this Moroccan side dish has it all going on, making every taste bud pop with every bite. If you are on a gluten-free diet, the ingredients work equally well with quinoa. Just add chickpeas to round it out into… Keep Reading »