Second Courses

oven-roasted vegetable stripes

Oven-Roasted Vegetables Stripes

Roasted vegetables are nothing new, but this particular arrangement makes for a truly spectacular dish which can be served as a main course, accompanied with fresh and aged cheese, as well as a side dish. When I lived with my parents, this preparation was a common Sunday meal feature. However, it didn’t start in my … Continue reading “Oven-Roasted Vegetables Stripes”


Poppy Seed Potato Bignès

Going through my old recipe book, I stumbled upon this delicious dish – true comfort food, Italian style! It is absolutely simple to make and a guaranteed success. The only challenge lies in finishing the two components more or less at the same time. This recipe has been adapted from La Cucina Italiana (November 1997, … Continue reading “Poppy Seed Potato Bignès”


Frittatona di Cipolle – A Hidden Italian Favorite

This is probably one of the least blogged recipes – it doesn’t look too good in pictures and no Italian would make it for their guests. But this simple dish is one of the favorite things that Italians make for themselves when nobody is watching! ‘Frittata di cipolle’ (or ‘frittatona’ when it’s big, as “Fantozzi” … Continue reading “Frittatona di Cipolle – A Hidden Italian Favorite”


Asparagi alla Milanese – The Incredible Pairing of Asparagus and Eggs

Of simple Italian recipes that are almost unknown in outside of Italy, Milanese-style Asparagus would probably rank near the top. This dish, traditionally associated with the city of Milan, is enjoyed all around Italy as a second course, especially in late spring, when asparagus is in season. Before getting to the recipe, let’s spend a … Continue reading “Asparagi alla Milanese – The Incredible Pairing of Asparagus and Eggs”