The Perfect Gift

Tweet “We do not remember days, we remember moments.” Cesare Pavese, Italian poet and novelist. It was the magi, the Three Wise Men, who started the gift-giving custom of Christmas, ...

Cuccidati ready to eat

Sicilian Christmas Cookies – The Cuccidati Story

Tweet Cuccidati are Sicilian Christmas cookies. Every year for as long as I can remember, my grandmother made these delicious biscotti. On Christmas Eve, my two brothers and sister and I ...

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

Marsala-Poached Pears

Marsala-Poached Pears

Tweet The Sicilian city of Marsala, (from the Arabic “Mars-el-Allah,” meaning the ...

Ricotta Gnocchi

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

Anise Biscotti

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

Mangia Bene!

Sicilian Amaretti

Amaretti, are Italian cookies made with almonds. Although I have made these cookies with almonds, pistachios are the traditional nuts used by Sicilians. My grandmother always bought the nuts in the shells, which needed to be removed before the baking of any cookies or cakes commenced. These amaretti are crisp on the outside with a chewy […]

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Pumpkin Tart with Biscotti Crust

This tart has all the flavors of your traditional holiday pumpkin pie but, with an Italian twist. Rather than making a pie with the typical pastry dough, I decided to make a crust of flavorful cookie crumbs, which is similar to a graham cracker crust. This recipe uses  pumpkin pecan biscotti, (minus the pecans) and […]

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Mediterranean Fish With Sicilian Vinegar

Although this is a great warm weather dish to enjoy al fresco, while sipping a limonata, it’s also a perfect choice during the holidays. For many, this is a very busy time of year filled with long to-do lists and richer than normal  foods. This healthy, protein-packed lunch or dinner is easy to prepare and […]

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Biscotti alla Zucca

These little pumpkin (zucca in Italian) cookies are about the size of a tablespoon. You simply mix the ingredients together to form a dough, chill in the refrigerator for an hour and then roll into a log, slice and bake. The cookies have a gentle sweetness, are spiced with cinnamon and kissed by lemon. One […]

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Orange Mascarpone Biscuits

These quick and easy-to-prepare biscuits will add a special touch to your everyday breakfast. And, if you’re having overnight guests for the holidays, it’s nice to have something fresh from the oven to go with their morning coffee. The biscuits are topped with mascarpone and orange marmalade before they are baked, making them ready to […]

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Pumpkin Pecan Biscotti

I don’t know about you but, when the weather gets cooler, I have an urge to fill the kitchen with the intoxicating aromas of soul satisfying soups and stews and sinfully delicious desserts. It’s in my DNA! Before the required (family pouts if they don’t get it) seasonal baking begins, I enjoy coming up with […]

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Gorgonzola-Stuffed Figs with Balsamic Drizzle

I have never tasted better figs than those hanging from the trees in my grandparent’s back yard. Picked at the perfect moment of ripeness, they were soft, sweet, succulent and bursting with flavor! Figs are seasonal, making their appearance in early summer and again in early fall. Every year I have high hopes of finding […]

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Homemade Mascarpone

Requiring only two ingredients, a candy thermometer, some cheesecloth and a bit of patience is all that is needed to make your own mascarpone. This milky-white, super smooth, soft Italian cheese has a rich, slightly sweet buttery flavor. I use it in both savory and sweet dishes. It is the ingredient that adds a creamy […]

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Delicata Squash

I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve ever made this squash. Last month my husband and I made a trip to our cabin in the California Sierras. We were enjoying our “little piece of heaven” when we realized we were not alone! A chipmunk (not sure if it was Chip or Dale) scampered […]

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Apple & Sage Turkey Meatballs

Sweet apples, tart cranberries and the warm, earthy essence of fresh sage are the flavors of Fall and are what these versatile meatballs are all about. They are great for those holiday get-togethers (shown here as appetizers). I also, serve them for breakfast, with dishes such as, a simple avocado toast or a stack of griddle […]

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