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.

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

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.
October 30, 2018
Collard greens fixed in a pan | AnnaMaria's

Quick and Delicious Collard Greens

I love the health benefits of all bitter greens, but I rarely have time to slow braise them to bring out the sweetness.
October 30, 2018
Plated pasta with chicken sausage with tomato Pinerolo sauce | AnnaMaria's

Out of the Ordinary Chicken Sausage and Peppers with Pinerolo Tomato Sauce

The cool weather hits and I seek out hearty flavors, so sausage and peppers with the aromatic sage of Pinerolo Tomato hits the mark.
October 26, 2018
Gluten free chocolate cheesecake | AnnaMaria's

Radicchio Marmalade Savory Tart

A favorite snack for me is Radicchio Marmalade with St. Stephen cheese on a gluten free cracker.

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.

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

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.
October 30, 2018
Collard greens fixed in a pan | AnnaMaria's

Quick and Delicious Collard Greens

I love the health benefits of all bitter greens, but I rarely have time to slow braise them to bring out the sweetness.
October 30, 2018
Plated pasta with chicken sausage with tomato Pinerolo sauce | AnnaMaria's

Out of the Ordinary Chicken Sausage and Peppers with Pinerolo Tomato Sauce

The cool weather hits and I seek out hearty flavors, so sausage and peppers with the aromatic sage of Pinerolo Tomato hits the mark.
October 26, 2018
Gluten free chocolate cheesecake | AnnaMaria's

Radicchio Marmalade Savory Tart

A favorite snack for me is Radicchio Marmalade with St. Stephen cheese on a gluten free cracker.