Caramelized Onion & Fig Crostata

Tweet The best way, in my opinion, to eat un fichi (a fig), is fresh off the tree, that was how I experienced my first taste of this short-lived seasonal ...

Ricotta al Caffe

Ricotta al Caffe

Tweet Every Sicilian I have ever met has a sweet tooth, we love our dolce (dessert), especially those with sweetened ricotta. Sicily’s iconic cannoli with it’s crisp pastry shell, creamy ...

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!

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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Italian Steak Sandwich

Thin slices of frizzled beef, melted cheese and a bun that is crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside, are the quintessential ingredients of this famous sandwich. Created in Philadelphia by two brothers from Abruzzi, Italy, this sandwich is known as a Philly Cheese Steak (or just Cheese Steak if you’re […]

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Lemon Sorbet with Candied Basil

Lemon Spaghetti and fresh Limonata are just two examples of why lemon and basil are perfect together. The last time I made a pitcher of limonata, I discovered yet another delicious way to pair these two ingredients. I strained the basil that’s used for the simple syrup, as I always do, but this time I […]

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Italian Prune Preserves

Once upon a time, Santa Clara County was the largest fruit district in California. In 1919, 98,152 acres were planted in fruit trees. The majority were prune trees (7,652,000), next was apricot (665,000), peaches came in third (482,000) and 385,000 were cherries. Not surprisingly, the county was also the largest canning and packing district in […]

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Cheesecake

Every time I make this cheesecake I am reminded of two things: to be grateful for time spent with family and of the “The Italian Place” in San Jose, California. There were no red and white checked tablecloths, emblematic of most Italian-American cafes in the United States. There were no waiters, rather a self-serve counter […]

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Buon Ferragosto!

August 15, is one of the most important Catholic holidays. It celebrates the day that the Blessed Virgin Mary was “Assunta in Cielo” (Assumed into heaven to be with her son, Jesus). This ancient Italian festival has Pagan origins and dates back to the Romans. During the month of August, a series of  festivals (Feriae […]

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Antipasti Pasta Salad

All the flavors of an antipasti tray …  in a bowl! This pasta salad is loaded with salami, cheese, garbanzo beans, pepperoncini, olives, cherry tomatoes and more. This is the kind of dish that lends itself to substitutions. If you don’t have (or like) garbanzo beans, use cannellini or kidney. No sopressata, no problem, use […]

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Raspberry Ricotta Tart

If you need another reason to make the fresh raspberry preserves, this is it. There are many times I need to come up with a last minute dish for guests and must forage through the pantry shelves and refrigerator for inspiration. With homemade preserves stashed in the freezer, ricotta and a pie crust, (homemade or purchased) […]

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Marinated Mozzarella

Marinated mozzarella balls are perfect for Merende (small bites). You have probably seen them in the deli section of your local supermarket but before you even consider placing them in your shopping cart, I suggest you first read the label. If one of the ingredients is olive oil, put the container back on the shelf. […]

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

By using canned  diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, you will have this soup ready in no time at all. First, I saute the vegetables then add the tomatoes and broth and let it simmer for a bit. Next, the whole thing gets pureed in the blender with mascarpone for a silky, creamy soup. […]

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