Grilled Vegetable Salad

Tweet Grilled seasonal vegetables are the foundation of many of my spring and summer-time meals. It might be one special vegetable, such as carciofi alle brache, two or three different ...

Lemon Spaghetti

Tweet This is one of those dishes that hardly needs a recipe. It’s quick and it’s easy. It’s my go-to-recipe when I want a simple summer meal. This serves two ...

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!

Sicilian Sunrise

A colorful libation to begin a delicious day! Brunch is my favorite way to entertain. It can be casual or elegant, yet the atmosphere is always festive, friendly and fun. It is the perfect opportunity to invite newcomers to the neighborhood, celebrate a special occasion or just relax and enjoy with family and friends. The […]

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Blackberry Balsamic Crostata

Seasonal fresh fruits are nutritious and delicious any time of the year but, I find the berries of summer to be a special treat. They can be added to yogurt, cereal or granola, used in or on your favorite pancakes,¬†transformed into jams or baked into scones. I usually just serve them plain or with a […]

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Traditionally, hummus consists of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini (ground sesame seeds), olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. The beauty of the basic recipe is that you can change it up by adding a red bell pepper or substitute another vegetable, such as, artichoke or eggplant for example. I find raw garlic to be a […]

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Almond Ricotta Cake

Much of the baking my grandmother did (usually biscotti) included almonds in some way. The almond tree was brought to Sicily by the ancient Greeks, who considered it to be a symbol of hope. Sicilians love their almonds! Of all the cakes I make, with the exception of Sicilian olive oil cake, this one is […]

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Roasted Garlic lemon Cream

Some days it is just too darn hot to cook. This is especially true if you live in the Grand Canyon state of Arizona! So, standing in front of the refrigerator with the door wide open, I stare at the contents looking for inspiration. My first thought was to make a no-cook pasta sauce and […]

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Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic

I prefer to use roasted garlic in dishes when I want a more mellow, slightly sweet garlic flavor. This is particularly true in those recipes that do not get cooked, such as, hummus, certain salad dressings and sauces. Roasting garlic is super simple and can be used in various ways, such as, adding it to […]

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Giardiniera

The Italian giardiniera, pronounced jar-dih-NAIR-ah, means from the garden and is a classic combination of vegetables. Cauliflower, red bell peppers, carrots, celery and serrano chili peppers are mixed and marinated in a mixture of vinegar, olive oil and seasonings. Giardiniera, a common term for pickled foods, has graced many antipasti platters, but, if you’d like […]

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Mediterranean Hummus

I didn’t grow up eating hummus. I first tasted this healthy, Egyptian spread while on a family vacation in Egypt. After settling into our hotel, the palatial Mena House, we headed for the terrace for a bite to eat. Gazing out at the breathtaking, so-close-we could-almost-touch-them, Great Pyramids of Giza, we felt blessed to be […]

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Lemony Chickpea & Asparagus Salad

Lemony Chickpea & Asparagus Salad

This fresh tasting, with a burst-of-lemon, salad is picnic-perfect. The star of this dish is the Mediterranean staple known as ceci in Italian or you may know it as garbanzo beans. They are rich in calcium and excellent sources of protein and fiber. I always have cans of this versatile legume on hand for soups, […]

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Orzo Chicken & Fruit Salad

Whether it’s a simple meal for game night, a light lunch with the girls or the solution to what to bring to a potluck pool-party, this orzo salad works every time. Cook the orzo first and let it chill in the refrigerator while you prep the other ingredients. I usually poach the chicken but, you […]

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