Pesto is pretty easy to make, especially if you have a food processor.
This braciole is easier to make and tastes even better than the more traditional braciole that is cooked in an oven.
If a blueberry muffin and a honey bun had a baby, this would be it.
This is an easy recipe that doesn’t take much more work than grilling a few hamburgers, and is probably less expensive.
To make the perfect and best hamburger, keep it simple. And don’t buy those pre-made patties (yech!)
This recipe from a Boston restaurant is quick, easy, delicious, and gluten-free. Perfect for an after-school snack or for a weekend munchie attack.
This delicious combination of chocolate, cherries, and whipped cream makes a good impression with guests. It takes a little work but is worth it.
The important thing is that you make a delicious sauce and that it complements the dish you are making.
Chicken Parmigiana is good as an entree or as a sandwich made with two slices of garlic toast.
This recipe comes directly from Ireland where Irish housewives and chefs shared their secrets.
This is an easy to make recipe for traditional King Cake, using packaged crescent rolls.
This authentic Italian recipe makes the juiciest and tastiest meatballs, with a golden crust.
Store-bought Oreos are delicious but these are even better with real flavors replacing the processed ones.
This vegetarian meal plan contains rich, creamy dishes that will fill you up. You won’t be missing the meat.
This is a quick and easy version of a classic Italian dessert called “Zuppa Inglese,” popular in Northern Italy.
This Turkish dish is similar to eggplant parmesan but without the cheese and without as much work.
This recipe has its roots in African-American culture. It’s perfect for a Sunday chicken dinner or a special holiday, like Thanksgiving.
Here’s a simple and delicious way to cook shrimp, perfect for a quick weeknight supper but also impressive for a special occassion.
This slow-cooker recipe is good for a weeknight meal or for a crowd to watch the big game.
This is one of my favorite recipes from the weekly Dorm Room Chef series I produced for the Boston Globe.
Two recipes for making this popular Thanksgiving side dish: one is a classic from Campbell Soup and the other is a healthier version, from scratch. Both are quick and easy.
Consider these Italian tapas: appetizers before a full meal or delicious snacks for an intimate cocktail party.
From a nineteenth-century, classic, Italian cookbook, it doesn’t get any more authentic than this.
These are some of my favorite recipes from the weekly Dorm Room Chef series I produced for the Boston Globe.
It’s like a giant, luxurious, but surprisingly light, arancini.
This is eggplant, chicken, and zucchini layered with cheese, like a lasagna.
The long list of ingredients on bread products in a store is frightening. That’s one reason to make your own. Taste is another.
The light batter is reminiscent of tempura: another example of the similarities between Asian and Italian cuisine.
This is delicious by itself as a side dish or when mixed with pasta.
By Mark Micheli (This story ran in the Feb. 22, 2015 edition of the Boston Sunday Globe.) MALDEN — It took Maria Tran 11 tries before she successfully left Vietnam in 1984. “It was not a trip. It was an escape,” said the owner of […]
This will warm up even the coldest person on a winter’s night.
This is magic. In just a minute you can be eating a light, fluffy, chocolate cake.
French cooking doesn’t have to be complicated as evidenced by this simple to follow recipe for a classic soup.
Why would anyone make their own hummus when it’s readily available at most supermarkets? Because the homemade is that much better. Trust me.
Nepitella is a cross between basil and mint and pairs perfectly with mushrooms.
(I wrote this article for the Boston Globe and after much digging was able to find out that the ban was in place for 50 years.) By Mark Micheli Globe Correspondent Italian cold cut connoisseurs are eagerly awaiting the arrival of imported salami, pancetta, coppa, […]
(Above: Head baker and manager Ben Tock of Bricco Panetteria in Boston’s North End. ) I wrote a story for the Boston Globe about a North End bakery that specializes in old world Italian bread. I thought a Globe photographer was scheduled to take photos at […]
This is savory and sweet: perfect as a meal or as a dessert.
Here’s a meal plan that will work for vegetarians and meat eaters.
The wine is fermenting nicely today. I went into the basement and I could hear it rumbling: the sound is like that of water boiling gently on the stove. An audible “boil” started yesterday, about three days after crushing the grapes. This is a little unusual, as […]
It’s got to be fall somewhere. And so it is: in Chile. That’s why I’m able to make wine today. I purchased 10 boxes of Malbec grapes from a vineyard in Chile. I picked them up at the Beer and Wine Hobby Store in Woburn […]
Bacon, eggs and cheese. This is Italian comfort food at its most rustic.
This sweet treat makes a good gift too. And it only takes about 30 minutes to make.
Oh, sweet custard! I first had this dessert in the village of Oia (pronounced ee-ah) on the island of Santorini in Greece (shown above) and had to get the recipe.
This is an untraditional recipe of a traditional Greek dish. It takes about 3 hours to make but it’s worth the effort.
(Above: Mothers, daughters, cousins, and nieces all celebrated Greek food in the RootsLiving kitchen.) After an amazing trip to Greece last month, Trish asked for a “Big Fat Greek Mother’s Day” party for herself and her cousins and our niece, Jenno. So I whipped out […]
These make great holiday gifts too, but be sure the recipient can handle their alcohol.
This is chicken and potato gnocchi soup from the classic nineteenth century Italian cookbook, The Art of Eating Well, by Pellegrino Artusi.
Chef Todd English makes a good lasagna. I still remember one I had at his Olive’s Restaurant in Boston that was made with veal. He has a knack for taking an old standard and then being innovative, without being preposterous, paying more attention to the […]
Working from home has its benefits and one of them is being able to plan a breakfast meeting in your own backyard. Last week I held an editor’s meeting in the great outdoors. No sterile company conference room or institutional cafeteria for us. Since we’re […]
This could be an appetizer for many or a meal for six, served with a salad.
These rich and creamy potatoes will have your guests asking for the recipe and more.
There are many variations on this Spanish dish, including one with chicken and another with seafood
The time and effort is worth it to make the best roast beef for sandwiches you ever had.
This recipe creates a vegetable lasagna like no other: a rich spinach mixture, covered with velvety noodles, and topped with a light tomato sauce and cheese.
So maybe you forgot to go shopping or make a dinner plan. You’ve worked all day and now you have the dreaded task of figuring out what’s for dinner. You hate to spend money on take-out again: a pizza, subs, chinese food, etc. But you’re […]
This is based on my mother’s Italian tomato sauce recipe and can be used on most anything that calls for tomato sauce.
Don’t let the name fool you. This bread is not too sweet. It goes great with morning coffee or an after-dinner glass of red wine.
After the clock struck 12, and after the obligatory flute of champagne (actually it was an old bottle of Asti Spumanti that had been sitting in the RootsLiving wine cellar for 10 years), we ended the night last night with hot Tom and Jerry cocktails. […]
These sweet biscuit cookies are from the Garfagnana mountain region of Tuscany.
Also known as “Tuscan Bean Soup,” this is a real crowd pleaser and one of the most requested recipes.
The cold soup is low on calories but high on taste.
Liquor and fruit? To most Americans, that’s as crazy as wheat germ with a side of fries. However, Europeans often pair the healthy with the good stuff. Think of crepe suzette or zabaglione. I remember my father eating a bowl of strawberries, red wine and […]
When you walk into Polcari’s Coffee store in Boston’s North End it’s like walking back in time: a very fragrant time. The scent of more than 40 different types of coffee beans mingles with the scent of a 100 different freshly ground spices to create […]
So here it is mid-July. You’re probably stuck, toiling away at work somewhere. Before the summer slips away, it’s time to take stock. What are your favorite things to do in the summer? Make a list now, before it’s too late. And make sure you do […]
Now, here is someone you need to check out: Musician and culinary school-trained chef Jen Kearney. I saw her and her band, “The Lost Onion,” at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, Mass. last year and was blown away. Her band –six pieces including trumpet, sax, and […]