Mini Spicy Ricotta Meatballs*

Growing up, one of my favorite things that my mom would make were her meatballs and fresh tomato sauce. It was beyond delicious. This is my appetizer version of that and it is super easy to make. If you want to make them bigger you can and just serve it over pasta for dinner! I like to make them small and let people pick them up with toothpicks. They're a little spicy but the tomato sauce offsets is wonderfully. Pair with a delicious red wine and...

Lemon Ricotta Crostini with Honey*

This is one of my absolutely favorite appetizers because of how easy it is. You can whip this up in less than 5 minutes and people will think you're a cooking goddess. The freshness of the lemon really brightens up the bland ricotta and makes this a dish you won't forget. Preheat your oven to broil. Put your baguette slices on a pan and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Put in the oven to toast. Make sure you watch it so they don't burn! ...

Homemade Orecchiette with Pancetta and Peas*

While in Italy I realized something... our pasta sucks. That dried stuff we buy in a box just isn't cutting it for me anymore! If you've ever had homemade pasta then you know what I'm talking about. One of my favorite shapes of pasta is the orecchiette, which translates to "little ears" in Italian. They're cute AND delicious. What else could you ask for?! Alright, time to get started making our homemade pasta. Put your all purpose flour, semolina...