New Year Intention

Tweet Christmas is over and on the first day of the new year many will be making resolutions, that unfortunately only a small percentage will be able to keep. So, ...

Minestrone

Tweet The quintessential Italian vegetable soup! I have never made a casual  pot of  my minestrone. What do I mean by that? It’s simple really, each time I prepare this ...

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!

Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

As a child, I remember my mother preparing stuffed bell peppers on numerous occasions. It’s one of those recipes that you can prepare in advance, tend to four children, manage the house and the dozens of other tasks a busy mom has to do on any given day and still serve a healthy, home-cooked meal. […]

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Honey-Nut Stuffed Dried Figs

Snacking on dried fruits and nuts (rich in omega-3 fatty acids) is an essential part of the Mediterranean diet and my pantry is generally stocked with a variety of both. Dates, figs, walnuts, almonds and pistachios are in the majority. The natural fruit sugar provides a burst of quick energy, while the healthy fat in […]

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Mediterranean Beef Stew

This richly-flavored stew, served on a bed of ancient grains, will awaken your taste buds and take them on a Mediterranean journey. Ladle into shallow bowls and serve with chunks of rustic country bread, your favorite bottle of wine and share with your best friend (s).       Ingredients: 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, […]

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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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Panforte

Panforte dates back to the year 1000 and is the traditional Christmas dolce of Siena, one of the first cities in Italy to use sugar and rare spices. This rich, chewy, cake-like confection is loaded with hazelnuts, almonds and candied citrus peels and is spiced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, coriander and white pepper. One cannot […]

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Gingerbread Biscotti

For many of us, family traditions are a big deal and most of them are centered around special foods, particularly during the holidays. The Christmas season is filled with memories each time we make a large batch of cuccidati, my grandmother’s Sicilian fig cookies, braciolone and lasagne that my mother prepared, not only for the Christmas meal but, […]

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Sicilian Amaretti

Amaretti, are Italian cookies made with almonds. Although I have made these cookies with almonds, pistachios are the traditional nuts used by Sicilians. My grandmother always bought the nuts in the shells, which needed to be removed before the baking of any cookies or cakes commenced. These amaretti are crisp on the outside with a chewy […]

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Pumpkin Tart with Biscotti Crust

This tart has all the flavors of your traditional holiday pumpkin pie but, with an Italian twist. Rather than making a pie with the typical pastry dough, I decided to make a crust of flavorful cookie crumbs, which is similar to a graham cracker crust. This recipe uses  pumpkin pecan biscotti, (minus the pecans) and […]

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Mediterranean Fish With Sicilian Vinegar

Although this is a great warm weather dish to enjoy al fresco, while sipping a limonata, it’s also a perfect choice during the holidays. For many, this is a very busy time of year filled with long to-do lists and richer than normal  foods. This healthy, protein-packed lunch or dinner is easy to prepare and […]

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Biscotti alla Zucca

These little pumpkin (zucca in Italian) cookies are about the size of a tablespoon. You simply mix the ingredients together to form a dough, chill in the refrigerator for an hour and then roll into a log, slice and bake. The cookies have a gentle sweetness, are spiced with cinnamon and kissed by lemon. One […]

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