Polenta with Sausage and Short RibsBy Alyssa Saltzman"Another example of my family's northern connections. Polenta was typically a poor man's dish in northern Italy. After my father was stationed in Bolzano (near Austria) during the war, he always asked my mother to make it at home. It became one of our favorite dishes. There are hundreds of ways to make it, but this one was always our favorite"
-PaolaTiramisuBy Alyssa SaltzmanThis recipe will surely be your favorite tiramisu. There is no alcohol in this recipe, so it is kid friendly, and we even added some chocolate chips, for an extra layer of texture.Lesso (Bollito)By Alyssa SaltzmanWhen one thinks of "Comfort Food" in Central and Northern Italy, "Lesso" (also known as Bollito) is high on the list. It is warm, light, and incredibly healthy. It could be best compared in terms of comfort to how we see chicken soup -- Not feeling well? Have some Lesso. Want to keep it light? Have some Lesso. But it is Italian, so it can be so much more. It can be light and healthy, or rich and delicious... it all depends on how you serve it.