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

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

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Mangia Bene!

Venetian Lace

Also, called Florentines, (they originally came from Florence, Italy) these cookies are a Tuscan Christmas classic. Because they contain no flour, they are really more confection-like than cookie. They are crisp, wafer-thin and as delicate looking as a snowflake … or Venetian lace. The three versions in the picture use the same cookie batter, the […]

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Italian Wedding Cookies

The plate I have chosen to serve these  tender, snowy-white, crumbly cookies, was a wedding gift given to my great grandmother in 1904. (It seemed appropriate). The cookies are very popular and make their appearance at many other occasions, especially during the Christmas holidays. These cookies exist in other cultures as well and you may […]

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Roasted Balsamic Onions

Not only is this a great condiment to have on hand in your own refrigerator, it ‘s also a wonderful, thoughtful gift any time of the year. Because it’s so versatile, I often make a double or triple recipe when I know I’m going to be super busy.  This allows me to be able to […]

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Sicilian Lemon Ricotta Cookies

These are soft, tender, cake-like cookies that have been kissed by lemons. They are perfect when you feel like having a small sliver of cake, but who among us really eats only a sliver? So, I bake these cookies, keep them in the freezer and take out one (or 3) when I want a lemon-y […]

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Almond Paste vs Marzipan

In Italy, the terms almond paste and marzipan are used interchangeably. In the United states, however, almond paste and marzipan are not the same thing. It is important to know the difference. Generally, almond paste contains equal amounts of almonds and sugar. It’s used in fillings, batter and dough for many baked goods (pignoli). Marzipan […]

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Pignoli

These moist, soft and chewy cookies are found in bakeries all over Sicily and southern Italy. They are a type of macaroon made with almond paste and topped with pinoli (pine nuts). They are easy to make but because both almond paste and pinoli are rather expensive, they are reserved for holidays. Because the soft […]

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Olive Oil Poached Chicken with Fennel Sauce

Whether it be for fish, chops or chicken, the technique of poaching is not a new concept. Poaching is merely simmering food in a liquid until it’s cooked through. This cooking method is not just for proteins either, as I use it to prepare everything from eggs, to fruits and vegetables. Although water is often […]

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Balsamic Beets with Gorgonzola

Beets, native to the Mediterranean, are an excellent source of nutrients and minerals. Both the fleshy root and the greens are edible. Although they are not the prettiest vegetable in the garden, beets possess an earthy sweetness that once peeled, can be used raw (grated into salads) or cooked. This simple method of roasting and […]

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Cauliflower with Crispy Crumbs

I enjoy all sorts of vegetables, but cauliflower is one of my favorites. As a child, my siblings and I were introduced to this cruciferous vegetable with my mother’s Macaroni and Cauliflower soup. I use this healthy, versatile, vegetable in a myriad of ways. I make a tangy lemon and caper cauliflower that can be […]

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Chocolate Espresso Olive Oil Cake

I am not what you’d call a chocoholic, but every now and then, when only something chocolate will do, this cake is guaranteed to satisfy the craving every time. It has a rich, deeply chocolate flavor and is not overly sweet. It requires no frosting, merely a dollop of sweetened whipped cream and perhaps a […]

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