Sicilian S’mores

Tweet Just in time for the holiday weekend is my Italian twist on an outdoor favorite. Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer and for many families the first ...

Grilled Fish Panino

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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

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Anise Biscotti

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Mangia Bene!

Spinach Ricotta Fritters

Fritters are essentially a mixture of ingredients that are either pan-fried or deep-fried. They can be breaded or battered and contain just about anything such as, fruit (apple fritters), vegetables (corn fritters) or a combination of rice and cheese, meat or seafood (arancini). There are also plain fritters that contain nothing at all and are […]

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

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 into a special occasion. These light, yet rich-tasting pancakes need nothing but a dusting of confectioners sugar and a few fresh berries. But, if you must, […]

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Rotolo di Bistecca

Rotolo di bistecca, meaning beef roll in Italian, is versatile, as you can change the filling ingredients to suit your personal taste. This is similar to braciolone, except this dish cooks in less time because the flank steak is butterflied. I have paired it simply with roasted shallots because the first course I served with this […]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts Frittata

Whether this frittata is paired with a hot cup of coffee and fresh oranges on a cold winter morning or a refreshing ice tea and vine-ripened tomatoes on a warm summer night, you will enjoy a delicious, healthy and satisfying meal.       Ingredients: 1 pound Brussels Sprouts 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (Medium), […]

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Baci di Dama

Perugina, the renowned Italian confectionery icon, is Italy’s most beloved chocolate maker. On Valentine’s Day in 1922, Luisa Spagnoli, the co-founder, created their signature candy. Baci, meaning kisses in Italian, is the luscious chocolate and hazelnut confection that comes in the blue and silver foil-wrapping with the “special” love note tucked inside. Baci di Dama […]

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Auguri per San Valentino!

Auguri per San Valentino!

Italy has a long and rich history of famous loves and lovers. Giacomo Casanova, the famous Venetian womanizer and Rudolf Valentino, the Italian sex symbol, are two that immediately come to mind. And who hasn’t heard of Shakespeare’s immortalized lovers, Romeo and Juliet or Dante’s ill-fated couple, Paolo and Francesca? Italy is the land of […]

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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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