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.

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. 
December 4, 2020
Bollito Misto Piemontese with sides | Anna Maria's Foods

What is Bollito? A Practical Piemontese Winter Favorite

A classic example of the resourcefulness of the people of Piemonte is the famous bollito misto, you'll love our recipe.
November 20, 2020

Cozy Comfort Food: Piemontese Recipes for Fall and Winter

When the weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, we like to warm our bellies with a couple Piemontese Fall recipes.
November 6, 2020
Piemontese mushrooms in the wild | Anna Maria's Foods

The Art of the Italian Mushroom Hunt – Mushroom Risotto

Culinary walk down memory lane, foraging for mushrooms in the Alps near Sestriere to make the Piemontese mushroom risotto.
May 28, 2019
Radicchio marmalade goat cheese terrine on crusty bread | AnnaMaria's

Elevated Snacking with an Italian Pantry Favorite: Radicchio Marmalade

In Italy, Radicchio Marmalade is hard to find in markets, it's usually made at home. Try our recipe in this tasty terrine.
March 29, 2019
Keto zucchini noodles with pasta sauce and shrimp | AnnaMaria's

Have Your Pasta and Eat it Too: Gluten-Free Keto Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles

When I first noticed zucchini noodles pop up on the scene, I ordered a cheap spiralizer on Amazon and decided to make them myself.
January 25, 2019
Cavatelli and Torino alla Norma with fresh basil | AnnaMaria's

Easy Vegetarian Italian Comfort Food: Cavatelli alla Norma

This recipe for Cavatelli and Torino alla Norma is one of my go-to pasta dishes, quick and easy thanks to our Torino Tomato sauce.
January 11, 2019
Traditional ropa vieja in a white serving dish | AnnaMaria's

Fast and Easy Ropa Vieja Pressure Cooker Recipe

I love Ropa Vieja. But I just never seem to have time to plan ahead for it or for all of the steps of making broth and sauce and meat separately.
December 21, 2018

Light Gluten-Free Chocolate Cheesecake Tart with Strawberry Rose Glaze

Sometimes I can’t help going for the 2nd and 3rd slice!
December 21, 2018
Tasty holiday tree made of Italian brioche with AnnaMaria's jam | AnnaMaria's Foods

AnnaMaria’s Italian Fruit Jam Holiday Tree

Here is a really easy way to use that tasty Italian brioche to make a grand centerpiece to your holiday desert or breakfast table.
October 30, 2018

Halloween Scary Boo Crostata

When I was a kid I did not have much of a sweet tooth so my mother used to make me Crostatas, Italian jam tarts, for desert.

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.

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. 
December 4, 2020
Bollito Misto Piemontese with sides | Anna Maria's Foods

What is Bollito? A Practical Piemontese Winter Favorite

A classic example of the resourcefulness of the people of Piemonte is the famous bollito misto, you'll love our recipe.
November 20, 2020

Cozy Comfort Food: Piemontese Recipes for Fall and Winter

When the weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, we like to warm our bellies with a couple Piemontese Fall recipes.
November 6, 2020
Piemontese mushrooms in the wild | Anna Maria's Foods

The Art of the Italian Mushroom Hunt – Mushroom Risotto

Culinary walk down memory lane, foraging for mushrooms in the Alps near Sestriere to make the Piemontese mushroom risotto.
May 28, 2019
Radicchio marmalade goat cheese terrine on crusty bread | AnnaMaria's

Elevated Snacking with an Italian Pantry Favorite: Radicchio Marmalade

In Italy, Radicchio Marmalade is hard to find in markets, it's usually made at home. Try our recipe in this tasty terrine.
March 29, 2019
Keto zucchini noodles with pasta sauce and shrimp | AnnaMaria's

Have Your Pasta and Eat it Too: Gluten-Free Keto Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles

When I first noticed zucchini noodles pop up on the scene, I ordered a cheap spiralizer on Amazon and decided to make them myself.
January 25, 2019
Cavatelli and Torino alla Norma with fresh basil | AnnaMaria's

Easy Vegetarian Italian Comfort Food: Cavatelli alla Norma

This recipe for Cavatelli and Torino alla Norma is one of my go-to pasta dishes, quick and easy thanks to our Torino Tomato sauce.
January 11, 2019
Traditional ropa vieja in a white serving dish | AnnaMaria's

Fast and Easy Ropa Vieja Pressure Cooker Recipe

I love Ropa Vieja. But I just never seem to have time to plan ahead for it or for all of the steps of making broth and sauce and meat separately.
December 21, 2018

Light Gluten-Free Chocolate Cheesecake Tart with Strawberry Rose Glaze

Sometimes I can’t help going for the 2nd and 3rd slice!
December 21, 2018
Tasty holiday tree made of Italian brioche with AnnaMaria's jam | AnnaMaria's Foods

AnnaMaria’s Italian Fruit Jam Holiday Tree

Here is a really easy way to use that tasty Italian brioche to make a grand centerpiece to your holiday desert or breakfast table.
October 30, 2018

Halloween Scary Boo Crostata

When I was a kid I did not have much of a sweet tooth so my mother used to make me Crostatas, Italian jam tarts, for desert.