December 05

Canned Tomato Challenge: San Marzano vs. USA

By Ashlea Hartz, N.C. In the shadows of the great Mt. Vesuvius lies a small town of San Marzano sul Sarno, near Naples, yes that’s in Italy not Florida. It was here, one story goes, that a tomato seed gifted to the people of Naples from the royalty of Peru was first planted in the […]

December 01

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

  Chicken Parmesan is a classic Italian-American comfort food. Though the traditional recipe includes breaded, fried chicken, a baked version provides an equally delicious base for the true star of this dish, marinara sauce. I love cooking with rich tomato sauce as it brings delicious tomato flavor along with several health benefits. Although tomatoes reach […]

November 23


  By Peter Francis Battaglia, author of A Food Obsession   This is a traditional family recipe from my late Mom and it only showed up on the Thanksgiving and Christmas table.  She made stuffed mushrooms of all kinds but THIS ItalianSausage  stuffed Mushrooms baked in Tomatoes graced every holiday table.  In fact, when I […]

November 16

Parmesan Polenta with Warm Tomato Salad

By Brianna Theus  Over the spring into summer is the perfect time to plant lots of tomatoes! My mom and I always plant them together every year. It’s our bonding time! We usually have all kinds from grape to heirloom. I end up making lots of pasta sauce to jar and give away as gifts. […]

November 08

For #Movember: Guys—Go Red to Fight Prostate Cancer!

By Sharon Palmer RD – The Plant Powered Dietitian November is known for the start of the holiday season, but it’s also an important month for men’s prostate cancer awareness, as signified by “Movember.”  Movember is a month-long event during which people raise awareness of prostate cancer by growing out their mustaches to help “change […]

November 01

Baked Ziti That Will Change Your Life

By Katie Reines RD You have found the cheap, easy, vegan comfort deliciousness that everyone, I mean it, EVERYONE will love. My crowd-pleasing baked ziti has been shown to significantly increase the chances of making a healthy-eater out of anyone. Yes, the dietitian (who cooks for people with picky eaters in the family) has spoken. See […]

October 21

One-Pot Meal: Classic Cioppino (Italian Seafood Stew) + 9 Amazing One-Pot Dinners From Dietitians

By Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. Seafood and tomatoes is a match made in heaven and this hearty Italian stew is divine. My Italian husband shared his one-pot recipe perfect for a regular evening night or a fancy party. Enjoy the Classic Cioppino (Italian Seafood Stew) with some crusty bread and you have […]