Mardi Gras Cupcakes

Tweet When you don’t have time to make the traditional Mardi Gras King Cake and need an easy alternative, these festive little cakes are the solution. However, this is not ...

Mardi Gras (Carnevale)

Tweet Carnevale is celebrated in many places around the world and in cities throughout Italy, with Venice being the most well known. The coming of the wisemen bearing gifts to ...

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!

Creamy Cannellini Beans with Fennel

Tuscan white beans, known as cannellini beans, are a staple in my pantry and make it easy to put together a healthy, satisfying meal in very little time. Whether it’s for a snack, a bowl of soup or a salad, beans (especially canned), just make life easier. This dish is so creamy (without any cream) and […]

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Flourless Chocolate-Orange Olive Oil Cake

It may sound odd but, I often plan my dinner party menus with the end in mind, meaning dessert. This makes perfect sense to me, as it is the final food guests will eat and leaves a lasting impression of the entire meal … good or bad. There are several folks I know who believe […]

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Pasta & Peas Stracciatella

Stracciatella is an Italian egg drop soup. Traditionally, it is a light soup made with chicken broth, eggs, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and Italian parsley. I have added farfalle pasta (butterfly) and peas to make the soup a bit more substantial. In place of the farfalle, you could use a different pasta such as, cocciolette (small shells) or orzo if […]

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Beef-Barley Soup

In this month of January, 2016, it seems that just about everyone in the country, from coast to coast, is experiencing unusually cold weather. A few days ago it snowed and my entire neighborhood looked like a winter wonderland … and I live in the southern Arizona desert! For many of us, there is something […]

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Torta di Riso (Rice Pudding)

My mother was a finicky eater as a child — something she never really out grew. As an adult, her petite frame of barely five feet tall and one hundred pounds soaking wet, existed on a short list of favorite foods. Her top three comfort foods were pasta, bread and anything sweet. My grandmother made […]

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Orange Marmalade

I feel quite blessed to have several citrus trees in the yard. There is one prolific lemon tree directly out the kitchen french doors, literally within arms reach, bearing an abundance of fruit. I have a pair of grapefruit, three oranges and a lime tree, that although it looks pretty, has never produced a single […]

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Lemon-y Lentil & Chickpea Soup

Viglia Capodanno, New Year’s Eve, is celebrated throughout Italy with family and friends enjoying food and drink. The drink is bubbly (Prosecco) and the food is symbolic of wishes for a good year ahead. Lentils, with their coin-like shape, have traditionally been believed to ring in a prosperous new year. Auguri per un nuovo anno […]

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Salame Dolce

Italians, as a rule, do not eat dessert after a meal, choosing perhaps a piece of fruit instead. However, it is a well-known fact that we find time “between” meals to satisfy our sweet tooth. Biscotti may accompany the morning cappuccino as well as the evening espresso and any time is the right time for […]

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Pistachio & Candied Orange Biscotti

Throughout the Middle Ages, the pistachios eaten by Sicilians came from eastern Sicily, where they are still grown, particularly around Mount Etna and in the Bronte area. They are used in many types of recipes from risotto to desserts, as well as mixed with breadcrumbs and used as a coating for fish, chicken, meat and […]

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White Lasagna

Besciamella, a classic white sauce (known as bechamel in French), consists of flour, butter, milk, salt and a pinch of nutmeg and is widely used in Italian cooking. This smooth and creamy, medium-thick sauce is used in dishes such as, vegetable gratins, cannelloni and lasagna. The secret to a perfect white sauce is three-fold; after […]

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