Cacio e Pepe

Tweet Cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper) is a Roman pasta dish that one can find all over this Italian city. There are only three main ingredients; Pecorino Romano, black ...

Watermelon Pizza

Tweet Watermelon seems to be the quintessential fruit of summer for many folks. In Italy, there is a proliferation of fruit stands selling this thirst-quenching fruit, by the slice and ...

Italian Food Buffet

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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!

Granita alla Fragola

History tells us flavored ices date back to ancient China, but the first frozen dessert in Italy actually came from Sicily. Arabs brought an icy treat of frozen water, fruit and honey, which evolved to become known as granita. The granita in Sicily is so pure, so flavorful and so refreshing, that during the summer, it’s […]

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Orecchiette al Ragu

This pasta dish has a creamy richness with very little fat and serves four generous portions using only half a pound of ground beef. In less than an hour, a hearty meal is on the table. Serve with a simple arugula salad and bruschette. For dessert, Ricotta al Caffe would be a smooth sweet ending. […]

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Pantelleria Potato Salad

Potato salad with olives, tomatoes and capers is a popular salad on the island of Pantelleria (Strait of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea). Capers are a small but distinctive ingredient in Sicilian cooking. I have seen these plants all over Sicily, growing right out of stone walls (see photos below). In addition to abundant plants […]

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Ricotta “Cake Mix” Cake

Over the years, I have made various types of cakes with ricotta (even pancakes), such as, almond ricotta cake, blueberry breakfast cake and lemon ricotta cheesecake. This cake is different because it is not from scratch … I used a cake mix! As we are all aware, due to the Corona Virus, certain home products […]

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Potato & Onion Frittata

Growing up, I remember my mother making a frittata of potatoes and onions. It was never served for breakfast or a fancy brunch, rather it was our evening meal. This dish along with bell peppers and eggs (another “meatless” meal), appeared often during Lent. A frittata is always a good answer anytime the question is, […]

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Artichoke lemon & Pistachio Pesto

This light and bright pesto is simply perfect for spring and after you taste it you will want to keep some on hand. Initially, I was going to make a basil pesto, but I would have had to strip my little plant of most of its leaves. So, I searched the pantry and decided to use […]

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Asparagus Tart

Asparagus is my favorite spring vegetable! When tossed with ravioli it becomes a lovely light lunch and combined with lemony chickpeas creates a perfect picnic salad. If I’m in the mood for a small bite, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus enjoyed with a refreshing glass of  Prosecco or limonata is a splendid way to take pause and count […]

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Cuccidati Crostata

Every year it seems our stash of Sicilian Christmas cookies are gone way too soon. So, this past Christmas, I saved some of the filling to make another small batch for Easter. Not feeling like baking, I came up with this crostata instead. It’s a perfect pairing with an afternoon coffee or for a special […]

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Handmade Cappuccino

In Italy, coffee is more than a beverage, it’s an important part of every day life, a social phenomenon, a religious experience and one more reason Italy is suffering during this global pandemic. However, when at home, the Italian way of brewing coffee begins with the iconic Moka Pot. Unless you are a tea drinker […]

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Triple Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

I have posted many biscotti recipes over the life of this blog. There are traditional family favorites as well as those I’ve been inspired to create. Although a few contain chocolate in them, such as, bittersweet chocolate blood orange and  fig walnut and chocolate, I have never made a “chocolate” biscotti … until now. So, […]

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