Recipes from Italy

Italian Cannoli

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 06/13/2015 - 10:39
Cannoli Tube

Cannoli consists of tube-shaped shells that have been deep fried and filled with a sweet, creamy filling.  It’s a Sicilian dessert, meaning “little tube” and has become a very popular Italian-American cuisine.  In Italy, they are commonly known as “Cannoli Siciliani”.

Cannoli shells can be bought or made from scratch. If you don’t like the idea of deep frying, you can try these three options instead:

Nutella Cheesecake

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 04/21/2015 - 16:23
Nutella Cheesecake

Oh my goodness, this is definitely the best tasting cheesecake EVER!! I found this recipe at ‘’, it was actually a video on how they made it and by the end of the video it was calling my name.  I HAD to make it!  I just couldn’t get enough and neither could my family, it truly is heavenly…and it’s chocolate! Need I say more?













Chocolate-Nutella Cookies

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:20
Chocolate Nutella Cookies

I found another Nutella recipe that was calling my name.  Probably because it was so easy to whip up and I already had the ingredients in my cupboard. It was just one of those days! When you have one of those days, there’s nothing like chocolate to make it all better. I wonder if the Italians have as many Nutella recipes as us.  We sure do love their Nutella over here in the U.S. Enjoy!











Balsamic-Parmesan Bruschetta

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:40
Balsamic-Parmesan Bruschetta

There are so many ways of making bruschetta and I love them all.  Whenever I find a new type of bruschetta I put it to the test like I did with this recipe that I found on .  It’s so easy to make and very delicious, it’s hard to stop going back for more.  A delicious appetizer and a great way to please a crowd.














Italian Easter Bread

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:13
Italian Easter Bread

With Easter approaching, many kitchen’s around the world will be getting ready for that special weekend.  Each country in Europe has its own unique way of celebrating Easter, especially with food and Italy is no exception.  Take a look at these Easter Bread Rings with colorful eggs for the center.  A beautiful nest display.  This would be so much fun to make with your kids (or in my case my grandchildren). 

Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 03/19/2015 - 09:14
Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake

You can never go wrong with Nutella – it’s the perfect thing to grab when you’re in the chocolate mood!  I love spreading Nutella over pound cake so I decided to add Nutella in with the pound cake. With a little research I found this recipe at Food and Wine.  It turned out perfect.

Nutella-Banana Cookies

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:14
Nutella Banana Cookies

Today is ‘WORLD NUTELLA DAY’.  I didn’t even know that existed until recently – who would have thought that Nutella would have its own special day!  So of course I just had to whip up a Nutella recipe for you – what can I say, all you chocolate lovers can now celebrate Nutella with me. 

This recipe is actually a chocolate chip and oats cookie recipe I was given from a friend about 20 some years ago – I just added Nutella and bananas to it. Perfect!



Perfect Cheesy Lasagna

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 01/28/2015 - 16:56

Whenever I made Lasagna I knew it would be a success – all five of our children would devour it. One happy family!  When my boys were teenagers they invited their friends over for dinner quite often, so I had a lot of hungry mouths to feed and this was one dish I knew would satisfy any teenager.

Italian Chicken Scampi

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 01/19/2015 - 22:24
Chicken Scampi

I’ve always been a little confused with the word ‘Scampi’ ever since I came to the U.S.  In the UK, the word Scampi means Nephrops norvegicus, more commonly known as the Norway lobster which also leads people to shrimp scampi and prawns.  In any case, scampi is from the water, so why do we have chicken scampi?  Yep, I’m still confused but it’s what the Italian-American culinary skills are all about - variation. It’s still delicious!

Italian Coconut Macaroons

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:43
Italian Coconut Macaroons

I have a weakness for coconut; combine that with chocolate and I have myself a wicked duo that I just can’t resist…..and usually loose count of how many I eat when it comes to these delicious coconut macaroons. Around Christmas, who’s counting anyway!

Italian Stuffed Mushrooms

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:04
Italian Stuffed Mushrooms

With all the holiday parties approaching, here’s a recipe for a great appetizer that’ll please any appetite.  I love stuffed mushrooms but can only eat a couple at a time so these are great for taking to parties to share!

Italian Tomato Basil Soup

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:10
Tomato Basil Soup

I love everything about the autumn, the crispy cool days, the leaves changing their colors and all the upcoming festivities like Halloween and Thanksgiving…. it’s definitely my favorite time of the year.  I also love making homemade soups and this Italian Tomato-Basil soup is the perfect recipe to warm you up after raking those leaves.  There are a number of variations to making tomato-basil soup however, it’s all basically the same, tomatoes, cream and chicken stock.

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:42
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies

Peanut Butter and chocolate are a wicked duo! You just can’t go wrong when you combine the two. 

My kids loved two types of cookies when they were growing up, chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies.  Just your average cookie, but they could never seem to get enough and that was what they loved the most.

Italian Sweet Sausage Potato Bake

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 10/08/2014 - 22:30
Italian Sweet Sausage Potato Bake

This dish is your typical Italian Potato Bake with delicious Sweet Italian sausage and vegetables, it’s so simple to make and a very tasty way to spice up those veggies. This could be an all-in-one meal too, just add some bread and you’re good to go – or add it as a side! Whatever you do, it’ll be quite a success!

Spinach and Feta Pasta

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:10
Italian spinach and Feta Pasta

This is another delicious pasta recipe that I fell in love with. It’s so easy to make and can please the vegetarian as well as the meat lover. Just add chicken strips to the dish or follow the recipe exactly for a wonderfully delicious meal.  Serve with salad and bread sticks.


Tuscan Pork Chops

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:58
Italian Tuscan Pork Chops


Yesterday I was visiting a friend and I mentioned that I had an abundance of tomatoes from the garden in my fridge.  I normally make a lot of bruschetta and salsa this time of year, which I’m still going to however, she gave me this recipe which requires quite a few tomatoes so, guess what we had for dinner last night?  This is such a delicious way to enjoy pork chops, I was in heaven and so was my husband. In fact, he said it was the best pork chops he’d ever tasted.




Nutella Fruit Dip

Suzy Rhodes Sun, 09/14/2014 - 18:00
Nutella Fruit Dip

My neighbor and dear friend, Sandi, is an exceptional cook, whenever I pop in to see her she’s always cooking or has just finished making something incredible, even my kids loved it when I brought some of her food home.  Her daughter happened to inherit her skills and has a very successful blog, you may have heard of it, chef-in-training, it’s the place to visit for the best recipes ever – including her Nutella Fruit Dip.  It’s a hit at parties that’s for sure – and I’m speaking from experience.

Italian Vegetable Soup

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:32
Italian Vegetable Soup

The weather is cooling down and autumn is here, I love this time of year….and there’s nothing better than a nice hot bowl of homemade soup and delicious warm bread to help welcome the new season into our hearts and homes. The cool crispy air seems to invite all types of cooking and baking, and I’m very excited to learn how different countries in Europe celebrate autumn in their kitchens.


Italian Focaccia Bread

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 09/05/2014 - 22:58
Focaccia Bread

This Italian oven-baked bread is a lot like pizza dough and is well known throughout Italy to be seasoned with olive oil and salt. Herbs, onions and cheese are quite popular toppings too and can be used as a side to meals, a base for pizza or as a sandwich bread.

Chicken Parmesan

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:42
Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorite Italian dishes! I order this pretty much every time I eat at an Italian restaurant and when I try a new dish, I end up going back to this one. I just love it that much. I tried my own version at home and I have to say this is just as delicious, if not better, I was quite proud of myself. I like to use chicken thighs as I think that chicken breasts get a little dry.


Gnocchi Sauces

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 08/08/2014 - 23:36
Gnocchi Sauce
Pesto Sauce
Alfredo Sauce
Tomato Sauce and Basil





































Gnocchi  -  Nyo-kee

Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:39

There are so many ways of making bruschetta and I love them all.  Whenever I find a new type of bruschetta I put it to the test. This is one I found and addapted from Family Circle, it's a delicious cherry tomato bruschetta with a seasoned cheese spread. It’s an easy recipe and makes a wonderful appetizer for parties!

Delicious Sausage Pasta

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:52
Cream Sausage Pasta

I love pasta; it’s one of my all-time favorite dishes to have.  This creamy sausage pasta is no exception. No wonder I love eating in Italy!


Suzy Rhodes Sat, 05/10/2014 - 10:21
Chocolate Biscotti














Authentic Italian Mushroom Risotto

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 05/07/2014 - 07:15
Italian Risotto ai Funghi
Italian Risotto ai Funghi


When we lived in Germany our good friend, Pierre DeLuca from Italy, shared some wonderful Italian cooking with us.  He showed the kids step by step how to make authentic Italian spaghetti, along with other dishes, and they still remember it to this day.

Italian Strawberry Cream Cake

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 05/03/2014 - 15:38
Italian Strawberry Cream Cake
Italian Strawberry Cream Cake


What I love about Europe is a lot of the cooking is made from scratch using ordinary every day ingredients. When I was growing up we made cakes and brownies from scratch, I had no idea such things came in a box until I married an American.

Tagliatelle with Milanese Sauce

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 04/30/2014 - 07:38
Tagliatelle with Milanese Sauce

This is a tasty, low-fat version of the classic Milanese sauce, which usually has butter and heavy cream added (quite delicious). Dry white wine is a big part of the Milanese sauce; the alcohol cooks out and leaves a delicate taste in the mushrooms. Tagliatelle is similar to fettuccine; only tagliatelle is usually made with fresh pasta. In Italy they speak of tagliatelle when cooking the noodles in broth and fettuccine when cooking them in water. With this recipe, I actually used fettuccine and cooked them in water.

Chicken Alfredo Pizza

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:03

There are so many variations of flatbread pizzas in Italy, it’s hard to choose. Also, a lot of pizzas have very little or no sauce, just the toppings.

Here are some examples of just a few.

-3 cheese pizzas with parsley and Italian seasoning

-Marinara sauce, tomatoes, Mozz cheese, spinach and olives

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:06

Who doesn’t like a plate of creamy fettuccine…it’s a deliciously satisfying dish for any appetite. I love Italian food, so I go to Olive Garden when I crave it or better yet whip up my own dish and my favourite is this Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. If you’ve ever eaten Italian food in Italy, you will know that there’s nothing quite like it, I don’t know what it is, but Italians know some secret recipe to making the best food.

Italian Choconut Bars

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 02/26/2014 - 10:16

Italy is well known for their rich collection of Italian desserts and this coconut bar is no exception. Almonds were introduced to Venice in the 7th century by Arabs, and the macaroon, as legend has it, dates back to a 9th century Italian monastery and made its way to France in 1533. Many recipes since then have been whisked up in Italian homes and restaurants including this delicious coconut bar that has many variations to it. I like this one.

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 02/17/2014 - 11:48
Chicken Gnocchi Soup

I love Gnocchi, whether it's smothered in Marinara sauce or in a soup, it's delicious. This recipe was given to me by a dear friend who lived in Italy for 6 years and collected some of the best Italian recipes. She's a fantastic cook too! Thanks Dawn.

Cheesy Chicken Pierogi Bake

Ryan Rhodes Sun, 04/21/2013 - 10:55
Cheesy Chicken Pierogi Bake

I know....this is actually a Polish dish, I need to get a button up for Poland, still new to the blog so sticking with Italy right now. Forgive me!  I'll get it up on Poland one day but I couldn't resist making this Cheesy Chicken Pierogi Bake, it's so delicious and my husband couldn't get enough. It's so filling and full of texture even I was surprised at how much I loved this dish. I also loved how easy it was to put together. This dish is now part of our monthly dinner plans. Delicious!