Gramma Crucitti’s Meatballs

23 Dec 2015, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in recipes

Meatballs are so much more than food to me. They embody a big piece of my childhood, and dear loved ones whose memory I’m able to keep alive each time I make them. The moment preparation begins, I’m instantly transported to happy memories, and one ritual in particular.

And we’re baaaack!

11 Jul 2014, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in news & buzz

Well, you know when something is right when the sabbatical barely lasts a year. I needed some time away from the world of food and wine to remember how much I loved it. I needed to rediscover the pleasure of my senses, and the desire to share those pleasures with others. I’m so very happy to say that my inner sensualist and my mental mouth are fully engaged, rocking in my kitchen, and once again delighted by flavor, texture and color. It’s good to be home. With that, I’ve explored what the next level is for me, and I’m so…

My Food “Sabbatical”

12 Dec 2013, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in news & buzz, non-food

Sometimes in life, there comes a moment when you are willing to put everything on pause because there is something you MUST do. This past summer, that moment arrived for me. 2013 has been quite a year of metamorphosis; I’ve taken a good look at what I’m creating in the world, and checked in with myself to see if all the pieces fit. I had no idea what huge changes that moment of questioning would bring. For the past 25 years, I’ve lived and breathed the world of food and wine, and have achieved milestones that would blow away a…

A Tale of Two Women

04 Jun 2013, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in food, wellness

This is my first post for, an organization I’m honored to work with not only because of their humanitarian efforts, but also for the use of “hard-headed” in their tagline. The photo above is courtesy of my dear friend C.C. Chapman, who toured Ghana with ONE last year. *** I’ve had two women on my mind lately. They are counterpoints; polar ends of a spectrum whose very existence is difficult to reconcile. Each woman is fighting a battle — to the death — on her own end of the spectrum. And though one of them faces a matter of…

Everyday Indulgences: Olive Oil Facial Scrub

10 May 2013, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in food, indulgences, recipes

Though I would love to be indulgently pampering myself with a spa day right now, the very thought of such a luxury seems sadly far off. Having said that, my soul and skin need a little rejuvenation every now and then to keep the stress at bay. For me, there’s nothing more sensually satisfying than baby-soft skin, and there are lots of ways to achieve this right at home. Here’s a little secret: Chefs swear by olive oil and kosher salt for exfoliating hands. In the same vein, but a bit more delicate, is a scrub I use for my…

Exercising the Mental Mouth

26 Jan 2012, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in food, sensuality

I’ve just received the first set of menu ideas for my first Sex on a Plate™ event, which will be part of a documentary called “Eat, Cook, Love” in which I’ll be featured as a food expert. The subject matter is the art of lost indulgence, so I think I’ve got this. As I review the flavor profiles, my mental mouth is hard at work to determine what I think will work, and what I might like to tweak. So I thought this was a good time to talk more in depth about this phrase to which I’m constantly referring….

Thank you, Steve.

05 Oct 2011, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in non-food

Without your genius and vision, I would not have created a podcast. Or the world’s first food podcast channel. On iTunes. The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world…are the ones who do. You did, and for that I thank you.

My Favorite Ice Cream…

11 Jul 2011, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in recipes

…in the whole wide universe. July is ice cream month, so when I’m feeling overheated and need a little something, I break out my ice cream maker. This recipe was created during our first year of The Gilded Fork, crafted by Donna Marie Desfor. The basil and orange combination is like sunshine screaming in your mouth, so it’s the perfect taste of summer. NOTE: If you are gluten-free, skip the cinnamon tuiles. If you are lactose intolerant or dairy-free, you can substitute the cream with 3 cups of full-fat coconut milk (canned). recipe: basil & orange ice cream with cinnamon…

Gluten-Free: One Year Later

14 May 2011, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in wellness

Interestingly enough, celiac, fibromyalgia and food allergy awareness all happen in May, so I could technically do a trifecta post and cover all bases. However, as one of the bloggers contributing to A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, I’ll stick with the gluten today. I know. Pun. One year ago I went gluten-free in an effort to get my fibromyalgia symptoms under a semblance of control. After asking my online community for holistic approaches, I’ve received tremendous support from NFCA and the gluten-free community at large. What a wonderful, loving group of…

What I Learned in 2010

31 Dec 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in non-food

At 12:01 AM on January 1, 2010, I had no idea what was in store for the coming year. I chose to be open to whatever, and hoped things would largely work out for the better, but felt like I essentially knew where I was headed. 12 months later, I sit here with an entirely different existence than what I had envisioned. And for that, I’m grateful. This has been the most extraordinary, challenging, adventurous, soul-enriching year of my life to date, and with that has come catharsis. Since lots of people post their lists of things at the end…

Zenfully Delicious is Live!

27 Oct 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in wellness

Yes, darlings, at long last, Zenfully Delicious is up and running! I’m so excited about this project, and extremely encouraged by the response we’ve gotten since our soft launch on Sunday during the Appetite for Awareness event presented by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness in Philadelphia. It has really struck me how many people there are in search of answers and relief, and I’ve pulled together a fantastic team to take on that mission. We are addressing a range of chronic illnesses, from Fibromyalgia and Celiac to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diabetes and all of their siblings. We love that…

Comfort Food

11 Sep 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in food

I wasn’t at work that day. I had a doctor’s appointment. When I first heard the news I made a joke, saying “It’s a good thing I didn’t commute in.” It sounded like someone had mismanaged a stunt plane. My office was in midtown, but I knew the train schedules would be a mess. It wasn’t until I turned on my car radio that the gravity of the situation hit me: People were jumping from the World Trade Center. I backed out of my parking spot so fast I almost hit an oncoming car, and drove home with the pedal…