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Eggplant Lasagna

Eggplant Lasagna

Let's celebrate National Lasagna Day this week with Eggplant Lasagna!   What happens when National Lasagna Day and eggplant season occur at that the same time? A classic Italian Eggplant Lasagna of course! Eggplant also seemed to be a trending topic on the blog...

Pasta e Fagioli – Pasta and Beans

Pasta e Fagioli – Pasta and Beans

The weather is getting cooler and it has slowly but surely become #SoupSeason! So what better time is there to share my favorite recipe for the quintessential Italian soup, pasta and beans. I call this dish Pasta e Fagioli (pronounced:PAH-stah eh fah-DJOH-lee ) but...

Mini Apple Cider Doughnut Cupcakes

Mini Apple Cider Doughnut Cupcakes

The last few days I've really been under the weather with a nasty cold and today is definitely looking like another sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, without ANY rest kind of day! So, even though I am blah and feel like I should be the...

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Ricotta Zeppole

Ricotta Zeppole

Growing up one of  my most favorite treats was fried dough with powdered sugar - known by most as Zeppole.   Another name my family used for them was "pettole".  It's what they call Zeppole in the Italian region of Puglia, or at least in my Grandmother's town in Bari....

Toaster Oven Eggs in Purgatory

Toaster Oven Eggs in Purgatory

Uovo in Purgotorio is the official translation of today's recipe: Eggs in Purgatory.   This Italian dish is made by poaching eggs in tomato Sauce. Why they're considered to be in "purgatory" makes no sense to me, because when the creamy yolk meets the hot sauce and...

Garlic Scapes Seasoning Puree

Garlic Scapes Seasoning Puree

Some posts contain Affiliate Links that might pay me a commision when you click on them  If you've taken a trip to your local Farmer's Market this spring you may have come across these long, curly green stalks. On a recent trip I exuberantly pointed out what I thought...

Bucatini Pomodoro

Bucatini Pomodoro

You know those nights when it's like 6:00 pm and you're scouring the fridge or pantry for something to make?  Yep, me too (#storyofmylife)!   Well lucky for me  (and for you!) I have a knack for pulling it all together and this Bucatini with Pomodoro Sauce was born.  ...

Pasta e Piselli – Pasta and Peas

Pasta e Piselli – Pasta and Peas

If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant? - Martin Scorcese  This quote by Martin Scorcese could not be more true.  Growing up we rarely went out to dinner, unless it was for an event like a wedding or something like that.  ...

Italian Potatoes, Peppers and Eggs

Italian Potatoes, Peppers and Eggs

Happy Weekend friends! I've got a classic Italian-American dish that may (or may not) surprise you: Potatoes, peppers and eggs - oh my! 🇮🇹  Although this dish is usually a Friday night special, it would make a great addition to your Sunday...

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Cheftini’s Kitchen LIVE: Pasta Fagioli

Cheftini’s Kitchen LIVE: Pasta Fagioli

One of my favorite fall/winter dishes is the classic Pasta e Fagioli - also known as Pasta Fazool.  There are so many versions of this classic dish.  In this version I am swapping out the more traditional Ditalini Pasta for a thin cut spaghetti that was sent to me by...

Cooking LIVE: Black Bean Farro Burrito Bowl with Simply Gather

Cooking LIVE: Black Bean Farro Burrito Bowl with Simply Gather

Back in December I launched the 2nd annual "Home Cooking for the Holidays" e-cookbook with a LIVE cooking event at ATHLETA in Scarsdale (New York).  The e-book was sponsored by both national and local businesses, including westchester's newest meal kit delivery...

Cheftini’s Kitchen: Win or Lose Game Day Bites

Cheftini’s Kitchen: Win or Lose Game Day Bites

Today's Simple Game Day Recipe is brought to you in partnership with my friends at Premio Foods. Cheftini’s Kitchen: Episode 9 Part 3 Quick Game Day Bites : Win or Lose Game Day Bites  Here are a few more quick and simple game day recipes that are sure to be a hit at...

Tina Dileo

Tina Dileo

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My name is Tina, and for as long as I can remember I have enjoyed cooking and being in the kitchen. I really have no formal training in cooking, and despite the really cute name of my website, I’m actually not a chef. While I may not have graduated from some great culinary school, I got my start at an early age in the kitchen of my Italian Mama. I often watched and did not ask too many questions, I learned that the most important ingredient in any dish is LOVE. Cook with LOVE and your meals will always taste good!

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How to Make Amaretto Tiramisu Cake

LIVE - Step by Step - HOW to video for Amaretto Tiramisu Cake Hey guys step inside my kitchen and make this Amaretto Tiramisu Cake. I go over all the steps, ingredients and supplies needed. This is an old Facebook LIVE video that I've never gotten around to sharing....

Lemon Ricotta Bundt Cake

If I've learned anything during this pandemic, it's that everything imperfect is perfect again. I feel like over the years there has been this sensationalized image of perfection sweeping over our daily lives. Perfect family photos,  perfect relationships, perfect...

Ricotta Zeppole

Growing up one of  my most favorite treats was fried dough with powdered sugar - known by most as Zeppole.   Another name my family used for them was "pettole".  It's what they call Zeppole in the Italian region of Puglia, or at least in my Grandmother's town in Bari....

Chocolate Peanut Protein Shake Cookies

I’m super excited to be partnering up again with my friends at #Foodiechats via Georgia Peanuts  #PeanutMadness I’m not sure if you remember a while back, I introduced you to Peanut MILK by Elmhurst.  It was an absolute new product to me and I was thrilled to get the...

Baci di Dama – Italian Lady Kisses

*This post may contain paid promotion or affiliate links that I receive a small commision on at no charge to you* Pucker up guys cause' I've got the perfect cookie for everyone on your nice list! These baci di dama, a.k.a Italian lady kisses, make the perfect addition...

Biscotti with Chocolate Chips

*This post was updated on 11/9/18 for content and pictures* These twice baked chocolate chip dunkers never last long when I make them. When I had my cookie business I used to make hundreds upon hundreds of them during the holidays. They also make the perfect edible...