Healthy Italian Cooking at Home

I was born in New Jersey to first generation Italian parents. Both sets of my grandparents were born in Italy and emigrated to the United States. They brought with them a love of the Italian culture and Italian traditional cooking. My parents instilled those same values in their children and we all enjoy cooking and learning about our heritage. I learned many of my cooking skills from my parents and grandparents, but I also studied Italian cooking  and made many of the  recipes for my children as they were growing up.  They also enjoy cooking for their families.

Now that I am retired from the teaching profession, I have the time to write a blog and share my information about Italian cooking. Through the years, many people have asked me how to prepare certain dishes and because I am a teacher by trade, I feel that I have the skills to share with you the reader, the techniques for preparing authentic and healthy meals for your family.

If you enjoy Italian food and want to learn the techniques for doing so, then follow this blog. The recipes are simple. everyday meals that you can prepare for your family.  Italian cooking does not have to be expensive or fattening.  Home cooks are usually frugal and use leftovers creatively in new dishes. I will also share with you how to make such recipes healthy, while at the same time, creating delicious food.

73 Comment(s)

  1. Terry Alvare

    May 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    After 9 days in Paris, so looking forward to Italian food again. Now I can find all these wonderful recipes in one place : – )


  2. jovinacooksitalian

    May 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Have a wonderful time cooking – one of life’s pleasures.


  3. themidlifesecondwife

    May 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks very much for visiting my blog, and for sharing my godmother’s recipe for Italian Wedding Soup with your readers. I look forward to trying some of your recipes! Ciao, Marci


  4. jovinacooksitalian

    May 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for your comments and I will enjoy reading your posts. Don’t you love those old family recipes.


  5. dixiesdiary

    August 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I really like your blog.I am new to blogging and love sharing with other bloggers.I love you article about peaches.You must be an amazing cook.


  6. International Eats

    September 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

    This is so lovely, and so familiar sounding🙂 Really enjoyed my browse


  7. jovinacooksitalian

    September 18, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting.


  8. Joan Sullivan Reisen

    September 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Hey, Jovina, my sister, Margaret, called me yesterday to tell me about your site. Eerily, I had been thinking about you only last week, along with Magie Ave and School #12! Believe it or not!!!! Must be some sort of cosmic confluence.

    My Irish soul ( and appetite) are Italiophiles; I have made 7 trips to Italy, only limited by lack of euros! Look forward to trying some of your recipes.

    Joan Sullivan Reisen


  9. nickgarrett

    October 5, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Like yr work here…
    Can you email me at


  10. jovinacooksitalian

    October 5, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Thank you for reading and commenting.


  11. heididmedina

    February 24, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Hi there, just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award and the Very Inspiring blog award. If you are interested go to this link.


  12. mcsgal

    February 27, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. To receive your reward, check out this link


  13. jovinacooksitalian

    February 27, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Thank you very much for thinking about me.


  14. soulofspice

    March 3, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Hi Jovina, I love your blog and have nominated it for the Inspiring Blogger Award. Check details here, cheers, charu


  15. jovinacooksitalian

    March 3, 2013 at 10:34 am

    thank you very much for thinking of me.


  16. Ankit

    March 23, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Congratulations, I have nominated you for the ‘Sunshine Award’
    Claim it here->

    Keep up the blogging,
    Good Luck🙂


  17. jovinacooksitalian

    March 23, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Thank you very much. I appreciate your support.


  18. tinywhitecottage

    May 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Jovina. I can tell I am going to really enjoy your blog! Very…very good post on grilling burgers!


  19. Mary Frances

    July 27, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Hi Jovina, from reading this, I thought you were still in New Jersey, not Alabama!


    • jovinacooksitalian

      July 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Moved here a few years ago to be on the Gulf Coast after living in a number of different states since I moved from NJ. Where I grew up is elevant to how I learned to cook but the rest of my life’s experiences have contributed to the information I share in the blog.


  20. ambradambra

    August 24, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Great blog. I was looking for an Italian rice cake recipe and yours is pretty good. I also post about Italian food as well as folklore, filmic moments and family. I blog at The Good the Bad and the Italian. cheers


  21. ninoalmendra

    September 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Looks like a really informative and interesting blog, count me in as one of your student.


  22. Our Growing Paynes

    November 9, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I have nominated you for the I’m Part of the WordPress Family Award. If you are interested here is the information


  23. Tuscan olive grove girl

    November 15, 2013 at 5:28 am

    A really lovely blog – I like the background and regional information your give about the ingredients and recipes.


  24. Our Growing Paynes

    November 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Hello. I have nominated you for the Blogger of the Year 2013 3 stars award. If you are interested in passing it along please go to this post for the information.


  25. Erin Hedrick

    January 21, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Congratulations! I’ve nominated you for the Shine On Award – read more about it here:

    Thanks for sharing your delicious food!! I absolute adore your blog.


  26. Erin Hedrick

    February 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I love your blog! We already knew this though… And as a thank you for being such a wonderful read, I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award! You can read the details on my blog here:
    Congrats, and please keep writing!!


  27. Donna Davis

    March 20, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Where can I buy Flotta tomato paste. I can no longer purchase it in CT.


  28. Jovina Coughlin

    March 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Go in the summer when New England is beautiful. What makes Flotta tomato paste better than say Cento?


  29. Susan Murphy

    March 25, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I just join your blog! I just love what I see! thank you!!!


  30. Angie Mc

    March 28, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Hi, Jovina, glad to meet you via a Zemanta recommendation that popped up while writing at my blog today. I grew up in Scranton PA where we LOVE pizza! I’m off Irish decent but my tastebuds are Italian🙂 My step-grandfather was 1st generation Italian and oh could he cook, YUM! I look forward to reading more from you…and have a great weekend! #NF


  31. apsara

    March 31, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Yes! I want to learn to cook healthy, creative Italian dishes. I’m glad I found your blog, looking forward to your posts…


  32. Angie Mc

    April 23, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Hi, Jovina🙂 I nominate you for a fab four award … Thanks for sharing your yumminess with me ❤


  33. Micaela Cremonesi

    June 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Hi – I would like to invite you to share your favorite Italian recipe on my blog as Hosted Chef – Please have a look here and let me know if you wish to join this adventure! I love your recipes that I feel as truly Italian, so I really hope you may participate!


  34. Maya Bria

    July 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Just discovered your blog! Love🙂


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  36. Ivanka Di Felice

    March 12, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Dear Jovina,
    Thanks so much for those wonderful recipes. I live in Italy (in the countryside near Florence) thus I will have to try them out for my Italian friends. I was surprised when I first arrived and made what I considered to be Italian food – penne a la vodka, chicken parmigiana, caesar salad etc. meanwhile, no one here had ever heard of this food – regardless they enjoyed it though I believe they ate it with suspicion! I have written a book about our life here entitled A Zany Slice of Italy – I mention this because in the back of the book are some wonderful recipes – a few of them are my mother in laws, who is from Abruzzo and are truly wonderful. Grazie mille for all your great recipes!


    • Jovina Coughlin

      March 12, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you so much for your account of cooking and living in Italy. Sounds like you are enjoying this time. Italian American cuisine is not usually the cuisine of Italy, as you have found out. When the Italian immigrants came to America, they found different products than what they were used to and created new dishes. Thank you also for sharing information about your book.


  37. Freda @ Aromatic essence

    July 29, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Hi Jovina! you have a lovely blog:) I definitely hope to learn authentic Italian cuisine from you🙂


  38. Linda Anselmi

    October 20, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Hey Jovina, Wonderful blog. I’ve made several of your recipes and keep finding more to try. I didn’t see a contact form, so I thought to try here. I’m editor and publisher of Below The Salt News ( and one of the things I am try to do is promote healthy eating – with a strong emphasis on fresh produce (vs processed foods). I would love to feature an occasional recipe or discussion of food by you. Either as an on-going (frequency up to you) contributor basis or in the occasional featured guest post. You can reach me at lindaanselmi at gmail dot com.


  39. ohiocook

    December 15, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Thank you for following my blog! Love your site, the recipes and pictures are fantastic.

    Liked by 1 person

  40. thatssojacob

    January 29, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Hey there Jovina! Just browsing around the blogosphere, finding some fun and interesting blogs to follow to make some new friends in 2016. If you like, hop on over to my world at, and if you see anything you like, comment or follow! Have a great day and happy new year! PS: I just posted a fun bookish game, check it out!


  41. carmen mazzola

    March 7, 2016 at 9:56 am

    hi dear i’m a chef and cooking instructor in sorrento so let me know if you need any idea or help


  42. Nancy McGarry

    May 17, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Jovina! Love all your ideas and recipes! Where in New Jersey did you grow up in? My husband was from New Jersey, we lived in Ridgewood, Bergen County. My love for Italian food began there with my neighbors the D’Ambrosio family.

    Liked by 1 person

  43. Gloria

    May 20, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Hello Jovina,
    I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award as a token of my appreciation.
    Here is the link Congratulations!


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