The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Provence of Salerno in southern Italy. Very ripe tomatoes called pendolini (little hanging ones) are used in making fresh sauces. This pasta dish was inspired by the one my husband and I had in the small town of Priano at the ristorante "Il Pirata". It was a wonderful romantic evening sitting above the emerald water of the Marina di Praia. One we'll never forget.

If  you love seafood with pasta, this is for you! You can choose any type of shellfish that you like...frutti di mare del giorno.

Lee's Kitchen Tips:

Read through the recipe and have everything chopped and set aside, ready to add to the skillet. This this is very important.

I​zetta's Southern Cooking


Big Mamma's Italian-American Cooking


Nothing captures the charm and atmosphere of America's Colonial Days as the Red Fox Inn and Tavern. Established in 1728 in the historic village of Middleburg, they offer a wonderful selection of traditional Virginia style cooking. We enjoyed their version of the classic BLT sandwich, made with avocados and roasted garlic aioli.

This inspired my own version using fried green tomatoes instead of avocados. Now what could be more Southern!

Lee's Kitchen Tips:

When frying foods, it is recommended to use cooking oils with a high smoke point. Peanut oil has a smoke point of around 435 degrees F. Avocado oil has a smoke point of around 400 degrees F. If you cook food in oil above its smoke point, many of the fatty acids will be destroyed, and free radicals (toxic molecules) will be created by the excessive heat.

Fresh From My Kitchen

Recipes discovered far and wide.
Something wonderful happens when you travel. You discover new and delicious meals in local restaurants or in someone's home.

Family trips to Virginia and Italy are a wonderful part of my history. Both have expanded my knowledge and list of recipes as a serious cook.

Every chef has been inspired by others, creating new recipes that we perfect and call our own.

That's my favorite part of traveling to places and I hope you'll enjoy two

of our favorites.