Orzo with Dried Cherries and Almonds


Orzo with dried Cherries and Almonds is one of those versatile dishes that goes with roasts in winter and grilled chicken in summer and it tastes delicious too.

Orzo with dried cherries and almonds becomes a wonderful side dish for any kind of meat or roast. And it contains a secret ingredient: saffron.

RIP Ettore Scola


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The great Italian film director and writer, Ettore Scola, died last week at age 84 in Rome.  Mr. Scola played a large part in the golden age of Italian cinema in the 1960s and ’70s, directing dozens of notable films. Four of his movies were nominated for a Best Foreign Language Academy Award.  His most well-known films included We All Loved Each Other So Much, A Special Day, Passion d’Amore and Jealousy Italian Style (also known as The Pizza Triangle). He co-wrote Il Sorpasso.

American director Martin Scorsese described Mr. Scola as “a standard bearer for the greatest period of Italian cinema”.

Many of his movies are available on Amazon. My favorite: We All Loved Each Other So Much. If you haven’t seen an Ettore Scola film, have a look.


Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e fagioli, meaning beans and rice, hales from hearty Italian cucina povera, peasant food.

Like so many other Italian recipes, pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans) started out life as a meatless peasant dish: cucina povera.  It is hearty fare and like many cucina povera dishes, quite delicious.

Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day

This is cacao cavallo cheese in Italy; something to be consumed on National Cheese Lover's Day.o

Fennel Sausage Ragu

Fennel sausage ragu is easy to put together and tastes delicious with a myriad of flavors. -

Italian cooking has always carried on a love affair with fennel. Fennel and sausage have an ongoing love affair with each other. You will love them both in this special ragu.