Panini Girl

My obsessions-Italy and Cooking


March 25, 2019


Pork Shoulder Ragu

  The pasta sauce of my youth was my grandmother’s “gravy”- the tomato sauce cooked on Sunday mornings filled with meatballs, sausage and braciole. I still dream about those afternoons around the table with relatives and no matter how many times I try to recreate her sauce, mine is not quite the same. At any […]

April 24, 2018


With The Locals-The Art Of Cingul’

  I don’t really have much of a bucket list probably because being anywhere in Italy is always at the top. I’m happiest when I’m here and when I’m not, I’m dreaming about when I’ll come back. Anyone who really knows me knows that my other great passion is food and cooking so yesterday I […]

December 2, 2017


Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies

I can’t seem to get enough of these two flavors. It’s a classic combination (Nutella) and whenever I’m in a gelateria in Italy my first instinct is to order nocciola e cioccolata-hazelnut and chocolate. These cookies have a slightly crisp exterior with a lovely soft center. I couldn’t resist sampling a few, but my real intent […]

July 23, 2016


Summer Stuffed Veggies

I love the surprise of slicing into a stuffed vegetable and seeing the filling spill out. Zucchini, especially the ball variety, are perfect for stuffing. The first time I made stuffed zucchini was after returning from a trip to Italy. I had spied them in the window of gourmet shop in Lucca and after one […]

August 21, 2015


You Say Tomato, I Say Pomodoro

I think tomatoes are absolutely my favorite thing about summer. I can’t seem to get my fill and never tire of serving them at every meal. As soon as they start showing up at the farmers’ market I go from stand to stand buying more than I probably really need. I just can’t help myself. […]

March 13, 2015


Baked Ziti With Lamb

If you are new to reading my blog perhaps you don’t know that I love the Saturday “Off Duty” section of the Wall Street journal. As most newspapers seem to have less than exciting food sections, Off Duty continues to surprise me every weekend with its recipes. I’ve written about them here, here, here, here […]

July 21, 2014



Need I say more? I’m a little overwhelmed, but more than willing than work my way through these tomatoes! Here are a few old favorites that I see in our future: Tomato Tart Scalloped Tomatoes Frittata di Pane Stuffed Tomatoes And of course-Bruschetta I did try a new and very simple dish from a book […]

June 19, 2014


Cooking Yes, Blogging No

Do you think I’ve given up on cooking? My blog seems that it might be the case. I actually have been in the kitchen, but usually it’s in the evening when it’s too dark to take photos and truth be told, some nights I’m in too much of a rush to do anything more than […]

February 24, 2014


Cannelloni Al Radicchio

  Do you like radicchio? I happen to love this scarlet member of the chicory family but I know that many of you are not enamored with its bitter taste. This recipe will win you over to the joy of cooked radicchio-the bitterness has disappeared and its flavor is actually quite subtle and a little […]

October 17, 2013


Pasta Al Forno With Squash And Pancetta

As soon as I saw this recipe on Food 52 (my “go-to” website for ideas) it moved to the top of my “must cook” list. It’s the perfect dish to celebrate the fall season and the inspiration for it came from one of my favorite restaurants Al Forno-located in Providence, Rhode Island. If you ever […]