pasta: spaghetti al limone

We know her as Sophia Loren. But, she was born in 1934 as Sofia Villani Scicolone in Rome, Italy. Her desire, beauty and talent elevated from a child of poverty to an international film legend in her own time. Her quote “Many people think they want things, but they don’t really have the strength, the discipline. They are weak. I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough.” Gives a glimpse into what propelled Sophia Loren into the eyes of the world. She has appeared in no less than 94 films. She has graced the covers and pages of many magazines and books and she is an author. She shares her love of cooking in her cookbook Sophia Loren’s Recipes and Memories. Not only does the book provide delicious recipes, both elegant and easy to prepare, Sophia Loren shares her memories. The Introduction is fairly... Read the Rest →


pasta: rigatoni

As I’d always like to say, “It’s all about the sauce”. A key ingredient is carrots. It packs the right amount of richness with the balance of sweetness and tanginess. By adding fennel infused sausages which I love (although I’ve noticed being abroad has a short supply of this). The combination of all the ingredients come together to create rustic flavors that take me back to my grandmother’s kitchen. I’d like to share with you the recipe that I use so that you can enjoy it as well. The recipe for the mother of all sauces: 2 bottles of Luigi Vitelli strained tomatoes 1 head of garlic 2 medium carrots 2 medium onions 3 tbsp of basil to taste (if you have fresh, use that) 3 tbsp parsley to taste (fresh is always better, though dry would do) Dice the carrots and onions into small cubes. Mince the garlic. Over medium... Read the Rest →