Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Tweet Lemon ricotta pancakes have a fluffy, luscious creaminess and are an excellent alternative to your every-day pancakes. This elegant replacement to the morning meal will turn an ordinary breakfast ...

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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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

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Mangia Bene!

Creamy Beef Stew

Some of my family’s favorite dishes are the ones that are the easiest to put together and either simmer on top of the stove, such as stufato di manzo or balsamic braised chicken that bakes in the oven. These one-pot meals fill the kitchen with mouth-watering aromas that get your stomach juices flowing with anticipation […]

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Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

Cheesecake is one of those desserts that you’ll find in many eateries from casual cafes to fine-dining restaurants. Typically served with a graham cracker crust, the classic dessert is silky smooth and so rich and creamy, that just a sliver of a slice will do. My ricotta cheesecake is prepared without a crust, is lighter […]

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Pasta Piccata

One of my favorite dishes is piccatina di vitello al limone, which translated, means veal piccata. Realizing I had no meat in the refrigerator and not wanting to go to the market, I turned to a pantry staple … pasta. The farfalle absorbs the tasty tangy sauce, creating a meal that is both quick and […]

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Jacob’s Lentil Soup

Referring to the lentil soup his brother was cooking, Esau said to Jacob,  “Let me gulp down some of that red stuff, I am famished.” (Gen. 25:30) This biblical verse goes on to explain that Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of this pottage, which has become a metaphor to describe giving away something […]

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Baked Lamb & Potatoes

For many, lamb is a seasonal favorite. The rosemary and lemon (a classic combination) permeate the lamb chops and flavor the potatoes at the same time. This is an easy dish to put together with dinner on the table in less than an hour.       Ingredients: 1 lemon, zest and juice 1 Tablespoon […]

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Vanilla Olive Oil Pound Cake with Roasted Rosemary Grapes

Pound cake has been around for a very long time, as the original recipe dates back to the early 1700’s. The cake was called pound cake because the only ingredients were one pound of flour, one pound of sugar, one pound of butter and one pound of eggs … that’s a lot of cake! Although […]

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Fresh Herbs & Citrus Chicken

Fresh herbs and citrus infuse the chicken with their bright and robust flavors. This recipe utilizes both the zest and the juice of oranges and lemons. By first, marinating (for several hours) the chicken thighs in the fruit juices and then coating them with the zest and fresh chopped herbs, you’ll end up with very […]

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Creamy Baked Ricotta

Luscious, creamy and rich-tasting baked ricotta is delicious on its own but, paired with your favorite vegetables, it’s even better. My favorites are (front to back) sauteed kale with garlic, roasted cherry tomatoes and lemon-roasted broccolini. Serve with bruschette for an easy appetizer or side dish.  Add a soup and/or salad and call it a meal. […]

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Candied Orange Fritters

Piazza San Marco, in Venice Italy, is typically filled with tourists (and pigeons) during the summer months. But, in February, this well-known Italian square is the heart of Carnevale, pulsing with seductive revelry. Magicians and mimes mingle with masquerade attendees dressed in elaborate costumes and ornate masks. Carnevale, which comes from the Latin carnem levare, […]

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Scorzette di Arancia

If you can peel an orange and boil water you can make candied orange peel! I feel very fortunate to have several citrus trees in my yard and I take full advantage of the bountiful harvest. There’s something special about picking fruit fresh off the tree to enjoy on a moments notice and I am […]

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