The Miracle of Spring

Tweet Like magic, my yard awakens! Seemingly, overnight, tiny buds emerge where only dead limbs existed just a few short weeks ago. I am continually amazed at the vegetation in ...

Seared Scallops with Mustard Aioli

Tweet Aioli is a sauce made by mixing extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic and egg yolks until it is smooth and creamy, resembling mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is lemon ...

Italian Food Buffet

Buon Giorno! Welcome to my food blog

Tweet   Colazione, pranzo e cena (breakfast, lunch and dinner) – there’s no doubt about it, food is an important part of every day life. But food is more than ...

Spotlight Recipes

Ricotta Gnocchi

Tweet Gnocchi (pronounced neeyo-kee) are small dumplings. They should be light and ...

Pasta alla Norma

Tweet The combination of pasta and eggplant is exclusively associated with southern ...

Anise Biscotti

Tweet   Italians LOVE their biscotti! We eat them for breakfast, for ...

Mangia Bene!


Carpaccio is a very simple Italian starter. Traditionally, it is made with thinly-sliced high quality raw sirloin. This delightfully-different appetizer is topped with arugula and shaved Parmesan, then dressed with a few squeezes of lemon juice and a generous drizzle of robust extra-virgin olive oil. Season with freshly-ground black pepper and sea salt. The only […]

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Pan-Fried Chicken Cutlets

Do you ever find yourself preparing a recipe your mother or grandmother used to make, wondering (but never questioning) why she did this or that? This chicken dish is one such recipe.       I always wondered why my grandmother: Pounded the daylights out of the chicken breast Dried each piece Always used flour, […]

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Almond Cookies

In Sicily, these flour-less, macaroon-like morsels are known as cassettine. Requiring only a few ingredients, they are quick to put together and just in time for Saint Joseph’s Day (March 19th). Other almond biscotti for your enjoyment are Italian Wedding Cookies, Pinoli, Almond Ravioli Cookies and Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Biscotti.   Ingredients: 1 cup blanched almonds […]

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Sfinci di San Giuseppe

Saint Joseph (San Giuseppe) is not only the patron saint of Sicily, he is also the patron saint of pastry cooks. The Feast of San Giuseppe (March 19th) is celebrated all throughout Sicily. Of course, as is with all holidays, there is a whole lot of eating with family and friends. Traditional dishes include Pasta […]

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Pasta con le Sarde

Of all the delicious dishes (dolci excluded) I have enjoyed in Sicily, my most memorable meal is Pasta con le Sarde. My mother and I were vacationing in Italy. This was the first trip to the “old” country for both of us and we were making the journey together. What you should know about “mom” […]

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Brussels Sprouts Bruschetta

Anyone who knows me well, will tell you that this is a favorite breakfast of mine. Once a week, I roast a pound or two of these little cruciferous morsels (which tames there bittery-bite and brings out their softer, sweeter side), to have on hand for a quick and healthy meal. I toast a hearty […]

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The Religion of Coffee

In Italy, il caffe, expertly prepared, is more then just a cup of coffee, it is a religious experience. In the neighborhood cafe, (called a bar) daily life begins with a cacophony of sounds. With perfect timing and in symphonic harmony, the hissing of the milk steamer, tapping of filters being emptied, the clattering of […]

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Italian Astronaut & Espresso

Samantha Cristoforetti, a thirty-seven year old Italian Air Force Captain and fighter pilot, is the first Italian woman astronaut. Currently working and living on the International Space Station, Captain Crisoforetti, is the flight engineer for Expedition 42/43. It is no coincidence that this mission marked the debut espresso launched into space for its maiden voyage. Designed […]

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Fresh Fennel and Orange Salad

Italians characterize fennel (and eggplant) as being either male or female. The “female” fennel has a thick, round, short, stocky bulb that is used raw in salads and also in cooking. The flatter, elongated “male” fennel is primarily used in cooking. The simplest way to enjoy this root vegetable is to drizzle olive oil over […]

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Fennel vs. Anise

In the United States and Canada, fennel is sold as anise or sweet anise. Although, they both come from the same plant family, fennel and anise are not the same thing. They are two distinctively different plants. The entire fennel plant (bulbs, stalks, seeds and fronds) can be consumed. Only the seeds of an anise […]

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