Arugula Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad

Tweet Tender young arugula leaves, with their mildly bitter, peppery flavor is as common place to Italians as is parsley or basil. As one of the best vegetable sources of ...

Sicilian Olive Oil Cake

Tweet This is a light, moist, slightly sweet cake that has been kissed by lemons. It is a delightful choice any time of the day. Serve a slice with a ...

Italian Food Buffet

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Spotlight Recipes

Ricotta Gnocchi

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

Pasta alla Norma

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Anise Biscotti

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Mangia Bene!

Farro Vegetable Salad

Emmer wheat, called farro in Italian, is a nutritious grain with a distinctive nutty flavor and chewy texture. Farro is low in fat, high in protein and rich in magnesium and B-vitamins. This dish was the result of rummaging through the pantry and the refrigerator to come up with a quick one dish meal. We […]

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Grilled Vegetable Salad

Grilled seasonal vegetables are the foundation of many of my spring and summer-time meals. It might be one special vegetable, such as carciofi alle brache, two or three different vegetables layered with ricotta into colorful stacks or an entire platter of my favorites served warm with a balsamic vinaigrette as shown here. The vegetables listed […]

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

As a rule, I only dress salad greens and vegetables with extra-virgin olive oil, a splash of vinegar or lemon juice, a sprinkling of sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper. However, there are times when a vinaigrette is in order. Oil and water don’t mix, so the proverb goes, and something you […]

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Crustless Ricotta Torte

I use fresh ricotta in many of my recipes; from pancakes, bruschette and gnocchi to cookies, pudding and pie, Some dishes such as lasagne and cannoli, are rich and flavorful, while others such as fresh ricotta sauce and ricotta al caffe are light and satisfying. This ricotta torte is in the latter category. Baked in […]

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Brown Butter Biscotti

I rarely order biscotti in a restaurant as I am usually disappointed. If one happens to find its way to my table, it is only because the biscotto (singular) has accompanied my coffee and rests flavorless on the saucer. However, I recently enjoyed a very tasty one with un caffe in a rather unlikely place. […]

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Spring Vegetables

You know it’s springtime when the local farmer’s market is filled with fresh veggies that only come around once a year. Hardly requiring a recipe, many only need to be cooked, dressed with extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt. These seasonal vegetables are here for a very short time … I believe that’s […]

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Grilled Vegetable Antipasto

Grilled eggplant and zucchini are layered with just enough ricotta to add a subtle creaminess with very little fat. Packed in individual ramekins, these colorful stacks make for a stunning first course, a healthy addition to brunch or paired with a salad, a satisfying light lunch.     Ingredients: 1 tomato 1 zucchini 1/2 eggplant […]

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Carpaccio

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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