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Deborah Mele

Deborah Mele is a self-taught cook whose passion for Italian cuisine began after living in Milan, Italy for 8 years. Although not Italian by birth, she became a true Italian by heart and palate. Deborah created her Italian recipe blog ItalianFoodForever.com 12 years ago to share her passion for Italian food. During her various travels throughout Italy, Deborah fell in love with the central Italian region of Umbria so when they retired, Deborah and her husband bought two farmhouses there where they now reside for six months a year and run a farmhouse rental for guests and give cooking classes.

Easy Stromboli

This Italian-American bread is rolled and stuffed with meats, cheese and veggies.

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Roasted Garlic Focaccia

Focaccia is so easy to make and the potential ways to flavor focaccia are endless. Make this especially mouth-watering version with roasted garlic.

Umbrian Apple Cake

A sweet and simple Umbrian apple cake made with cream cheese and inspired by the simple, delicious Italian lifestyle.

Squash and Banana Bread

This soft banana bread is made extra special and sweet with a festive color thanks to pureed squash.

Lentil and Squash Harvest Salad

This beautiful salad is the perfect side dish for your next dinner party. It’s loaded with lentils, delicata squash, kale, apple and more. Plus, the leftovers make for a perfect lunch.

Baccala Salt Cod Stew

This hearty baccala salt cod stew is loaded with potatoes, tomatoes and onions and served with a crusty bread to sop up the delicious broth.

Focaccia from Bari, Italy

This Bari focaccia hails from the port city in the Puglia region. It’s a soft bread made with mashed potatoes and topped with tomatoes and oregano.

Italian Seafood Stew

It’s still early in the new year. Why not eat more plant-based meals with an occasional seafood meal thrown in?

Hearty Octopus Salad

This Hearty Octopus Salad is packed with rich flavor and the unique taste and texture of fresh octopus. It’s an Italian classic that’s too good to ignore!

Arugula Pistachio Pesto

Arugula pistachio pesto is easy to make and oozes flavor. Take a break from tradition with this delicious pesto. Buon Appetito!

Pistachio Peach Cake

A soft, summer peach cake is baked with chopped pistachios and ice in a simple cream cheese frosting with more nuts on top. It’s simple, but simply delicious.

Limoncello Cheesecake With Fresh Lemon Curd

Limoncello cheesecake with fresh lemon curd combines a bold lemon flavor with a light, airy texture. It’s a great way to take the edge off the summer heat.

Eggplant and Potato Gnocchi

Eggplant and Potato Gnocchi are a unique spin on a classic Italian dish. While subtle, the eggplant gives the gnocchi its own distinct flavor.

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