Frank’s Hot Chocolate

Frankbeverage, Fall, Winter28 Comments

Frank's Hot Chocolate

Is there anything quite so comforting, after a chilly day’s outing, as a cup of hot chocolate? It almost makes me look forward to the cold weather. But, if you ask me, most kinds you can find commercially, either entirely pre-made or from a mix, is either too thin or … Read More

Funghi ripieni al forno (Oven-Roasted Stuffed Mushrooms)

Frankantipasti, Fall14 Comments

Oven-Roasted Stuffed Mushrooms

Autumn is really in the air these days here on the East Coast of the US. The sun is shining, the air is crisp and cool and redolent with the scent of freshly fallen leaves. The markets are full of all the wonderful produce of the season: curly chicory, radicchio, … Read More

Costolette di maiale ai funghi (Pork Chops with Mushrooms)

FrankEmilia-Romagna, Fall, secondi piatti, Winter23 Comments

Pork Chops with Mushroom Cream Sauce

You could probably devote a small cookbook just to Italian veal chop recipes, but with the price of veal being what it is, I usually do what many Italians do and turn to pork. The taste of pork is different, of course, but most veal recipes translate quite well into … Read More

Canederli (Tyrolean Bread Dumplings)

FrankAlto Adige, Fall, gnocchi, Non-Italian, primi piatti, Winter25 Comments

Tyrollean Bread Dumplings

Canederli is the Italian name given to the bread dumplings so popular in Austria and other parts of central Europe, known in German as Semmelknödl or just knödel. During my years in Vienna it was one of my favorite things to eat, so when I re-discovered them in Italy, on … Read More

Zuppa di porri (Tuscan Leek Soup)

FrankFall, primi piatti, Soups, Toscana, Winter21 Comments

Tuscan Leek Soup

‘Tis the season for soups! When the temperatures dive, there is simply nothing that takes the chill off like soup. The wonderful thing about soups is their enormous variety: they can be thick and stick-to-the-ribs, whole meals in themselves, or they can be light, even austere, just enough to whet … Read More

Crema di cannellini (Tuscan White Bean Soup)

FrankFall, primi piatti, Soups, Toscana, Winter20 Comments

Tuscan White Bean Soup

Here’s a quick and easy weeknight supper for you, Tuscan White Bean Soup: a purée of cannellini beans, seasoned with garlic and rosemary, and thinned out with water or broth to create a soup. Nothing could be simpler or more satisfying. And if you are using canned beans—which you can, why … Read More

Verza e salsiccia (Italian Sausage and Cabbage)

FrankFall, secondi piatti, Winter18 Comments

Italian Sausage and Cabbage

Not sure about you, but the weather here has crossed the line from pleasantly crisp to downright cold at night. That’s as good an excuse as any for some good, stick to the ribs eating like sausage and cabbage. It may sound eastern European, but Italians, too, like their cabbage, … Read More

Chicons au gratin (Belgian Endive and Ham Gratin)

Frankantipasti, Fall, Non-Italian, primi piatti, Winter14 Comments

Chicons au gratin (Belgian Endive and Ham Gratin)

There’s something about chilly weather that demands a nice gratin—that piping-hot, cheesy, gooey goodness is just the thing to warm your body and soul on a mid-Autumn evening. And here is one that is sure to satisfy: another classic, Belgian Endive and Ham Gratin, known as chicons au gratin in Belgium and … Read More