Food traditions are a very special kind of family history, the kind that runs through our veins, if you believe,  like I do, that we are what we eat. They are at the heart of what brings humans together, the enjoyment of special moments over a shared meal.

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I inherited my love of food from my mamma, for whom AnnaMaria’s is named, and as she taught me family recipes, we always ended up cooking, laughing and sharing stories. I discovered just how closely every dish is wound up with a cherished family time, a reminiscence of a place or a person, an echo of an experience long time ago.

I wanted to capture these culinary connections so I could pass them on to my own daughter. I started jotting down anecdotes that went along with foods, or maybe dishes that went along with memories, and this blog was born. I hope you enjoy the stories and the recipes.

October 22, 2021
Home made Einkorn bagels | AnnaMaria's

How to Make Healthy Homemade Bagels

There’s nothing quite like a fresh, hot bagel from your favorite deli. But what if you could recreate that same delicious experience right at home, with better-for-you ingredients?
October 8, 2021
Apple crostata with fall leaves crust | AnnaMaria's

Italian-American Apple Crostata

As an Italian-American, I am always blending things that I love from both of my cultures. That’s why I’ve put an Italian spin on the classic American apple pie to give this classic new depth and flavor - as well as better health benefits. 
September 10, 2021
Caponata bruschetta on French bread | AnnaMaria's

Classic Caponata: A Healthy Appetizer to Transport You to Southern Italy

Caponata is a stewed dish made up of various Mediterranean vegetables and Italian herbs and spices. It is originally a Sicilian dish that mimics the French ratatouille. But there’s a twist! Caponata has more of a sweet and sour flavor than ratatouille, called agrodolce. 
June 18, 2021
Original Chicken Piccata recipe in a cast iron pan | AnnaMaria's

Immune-Boosting Chicken Piccata

Turn your dinner into an immune-boosting experience with antioxidant-rich apple cider vinegar tonics.
March 5, 2021
Sunchokes known as Jerusalem Artichokes or Topinambur in Italy on a plate | AnnaMaria's

The Surprising Health Benefits of Sunchokes

Sunchokes hold a special place in my heart. Called “Topinambur" in Italy, such a fabulous Italian word, they are a popular treat in my native Piemonte.
February 19, 2021
Piemontese bagna cauda with vegetables and einkorn bread | AnnaMaria's

Bagna Cauda: Piemontese Style Vegetables in Vinaigrette Sauce

Bagna cauda is a warm, punchy “vinaigrette” used to brighten up vegetables, potatoes, meats and bread. It is made with olive oil, garlic, and anchovies steeped in vinegar and kept warm. 
February 5, 2021
Assortment of vinaigrettes and ingredients | AnnaMaria's

Celebrating the Versatile Vinaigrette

Vinaigrettes aren’t just for salads - they have unbound potential with a little kitchen creativity! They are incredibly easy to make and add vibrant life to your everyday meals.
January 22, 2021
Einkorn wheat boule, scones and baked goods for the gluten sensitive | Anna Maria's Foods

Einkorn Wheat: How an Ancient Grain Could Let You Enjoy Bread Again

So, you love baked goods, but your body doesn't like all that gluten? Try baking with Einkorn Wheat.
January 8, 2021
Light chocolate cheesecake with rose glaze | AnnaMaria's

Finding Sweet Balance with the Classic Italian Jam Crostata

When it comes to sweets in Italy, less is more. The Italian crostata is rich with just the right touch of sweetness.
December 25, 2020
Einkorn Panettone on display with flowers | Anna Maria's Foods

My Einkorn Wheat Panettone Recipe Journey

Panettone is the traditional Christmas Italian sweet bread. It's aromatic, moist. This Einkorn recipe is amazing, yet low in gluten.
December 18, 2020
Tricolor harvest gnocchi | Anna Maria's Foods

Our Holiday Pasta Recipe: Tri-Color Harvest Gnocchi

Gnocchi is a fresh Italian pasta made with potatoes. Try our easy to make Tri-Color Harvest Gnocchi with your favorite sauce.
December 11, 2020
Christmas fresh pasta making | AnnaMaria's Foods

All I Want for Christmas is… Fresh Pasta!

Traditionally, Italian families and friends gather together and put everyone to work on one big project: the Christmas ravioli. 

Welcome to AnnaMaria's Blog

Sharing Our Family's Food Traditions & Recipes

 

Food traditions are a very special kind of family history, the kind that runs through our veins, if you believe,  like I do, that we are what we eat. They are at the heart of what brings humans together, the enjoyment of special moments over a shared meal.

I inherited my love of food from my mamma, for whom AnnaMaria’s is named, and as she taught me family recipes, we always ended up cooking, laughing and sharing stories. I discovered just how closely every dish is wound up with a cherished family time, a reminiscence of a place or a person, an echo of an experience long time ago.

I wanted to capture these culinary connections so I could pass them on to my own daughter. I started jotting down anecdotes that went along with foods, or maybe dishes that went along with memories, and this blog was born. I hope you enjoy the stories and the recipes.

October 22, 2021
Home made Einkorn bagels | AnnaMaria's

How to Make Healthy Homemade Bagels

There’s nothing quite like a fresh, hot bagel from your favorite deli. But what if you could recreate that same delicious experience right at home, with better-for-you ingredients?
October 8, 2021
Apple crostata with fall leaves crust | AnnaMaria's

Italian-American Apple Crostata

As an Italian-American, I am always blending things that I love from both of my cultures. That’s why I’ve put an Italian spin on the classic American apple pie to give this classic new depth and flavor - as well as better health benefits. 
September 10, 2021
Caponata bruschetta on French bread | AnnaMaria's

Classic Caponata: A Healthy Appetizer to Transport You to Southern Italy

Caponata is a stewed dish made up of various Mediterranean vegetables and Italian herbs and spices. It is originally a Sicilian dish that mimics the French ratatouille. But there’s a twist! Caponata has more of a sweet and sour flavor than ratatouille, called agrodolce. 
June 18, 2021
Original Chicken Piccata recipe in a cast iron pan | AnnaMaria's

Immune-Boosting Chicken Piccata

Turn your dinner into an immune-boosting experience with antioxidant-rich apple cider vinegar tonics.
March 5, 2021
Sunchokes known as Jerusalem Artichokes or Topinambur in Italy on a plate | AnnaMaria's

The Surprising Health Benefits of Sunchokes

Sunchokes hold a special place in my heart. Called “Topinambur" in Italy, such a fabulous Italian word, they are a popular treat in my native Piemonte.
February 19, 2021
Piemontese bagna cauda with vegetables and einkorn bread | AnnaMaria's

Bagna Cauda: Piemontese Style Vegetables in Vinaigrette Sauce

Bagna cauda is a warm, punchy “vinaigrette” used to brighten up vegetables, potatoes, meats and bread. It is made with olive oil, garlic, and anchovies steeped in vinegar and kept warm. 
February 5, 2021
Assortment of vinaigrettes and ingredients | AnnaMaria's

Celebrating the Versatile Vinaigrette

Vinaigrettes aren’t just for salads - they have unbound potential with a little kitchen creativity! They are incredibly easy to make and add vibrant life to your everyday meals.
January 22, 2021
Einkorn wheat boule, scones and baked goods for the gluten sensitive | Anna Maria's Foods

Einkorn Wheat: How an Ancient Grain Could Let You Enjoy Bread Again

So, you love baked goods, but your body doesn't like all that gluten? Try baking with Einkorn Wheat.
January 8, 2021
Light chocolate cheesecake with rose glaze | AnnaMaria's

Finding Sweet Balance with the Classic Italian Jam Crostata

When it comes to sweets in Italy, less is more. The Italian crostata is rich with just the right touch of sweetness.
December 25, 2020
Einkorn Panettone on display with flowers | Anna Maria's Foods

My Einkorn Wheat Panettone Recipe Journey

Panettone is the traditional Christmas Italian sweet bread. It's aromatic, moist. This Einkorn recipe is amazing, yet low in gluten.
December 18, 2020
Tricolor harvest gnocchi | Anna Maria's Foods

Our Holiday Pasta Recipe: Tri-Color Harvest Gnocchi

Gnocchi is a fresh Italian pasta made with potatoes. Try our easy to make Tri-Color Harvest Gnocchi with your favorite sauce.
December 11, 2020
Christmas fresh pasta making | AnnaMaria's Foods

All I Want for Christmas is… Fresh Pasta!

Traditionally, Italian families and friends gather together and put everyone to work on one big project: the Christmas ravioli.