Archive | November, 2011
Potato, Leek & Gorgonzola Gratin

Potato, Leek & Gorgonzola Gratin

Tweet A gratin is usually topped with cheese and breadcrumbs to form a lightly browned and tasty crust. But I have found that a cream sauce with a bit of cheese creates the same delicious tasting results. ( I’ll save the carbs for my biscotti). Gratin also refers to the shallow oven-proof dish used to […]

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Carmelized Onion & Gruyere Quiche

Caramelized Onion & Gruyere Quiche

Tweet In the mid 1980’s I taught cooking classes for the Adult Education Department at our community college. One of the favorites was Brunch, The Perfect Way to Entertain. One student, the only man in the class, surprised his wife on their anniversary with the entire brunch menu. At our next meeting, he informed his […]

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Baked Artichoke Frittata

Baked Artichoke Frittata

Tweet Fritatte are a staple in my home, usually made on top of the stove in a skillet and finished off under the broiler. Or cooked on one side then gently inverted  on a dinner plate. Next it’s slid back into the skillet (cooked side up) to continue cooking. However, there are times when I […]

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Sformato di Cavolifiori

Sformato di Cavolfiore

Tweet     A sformato is similar to a souffle but not as airy so you don’t have to worry about it falling. They almost always contain beaten eggs, and usually a white sauce. You can make it with vegetables, like mushrooms, spinach or zucchini. I’ve had them with pasta or rice as well. Traditionally, it […]

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Fagioli al Pomodoro

Fagioli al Pomodoro

Tweet Beans are so darn good for you that I’m always looking for ways to incorporate them into our meals. This recipe is great as an antipasto all by itself; spoon it on top of a slice of grilled rustic bread (Bruschetta) and enjoy as a mid-day snack (merende)  or add a bit of proscuitto […]

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Lemon Biscotti

Lemon Biscotti

Tweet I have been very fortunate to have a lemon tree or two every place I have lived. It is such a convenience to walk out the door and pick a fresh lemon to squeeze over a salad, add to chicken picatta or simply plop a  slice  in a glass of Pelligrino. A couple of […]

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cuccidati cookie and coffee

Sicilian Girl’s Cuccidati Recipe

Tweet   Each year I put aside a small container of these Sicilian specialties to be enjoyed long after the holidays have passed. As much as I enjoy the holiday season, I’ve always looked forward to the New Year with anticipation of things to come. New projects, new adventures, new beginnings, new people that will come […]

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Cuccidati ready to eat

Sicilian Christmas Cookies – The Cuccidati Story

Tweet Cuccidati are Sicilian Christmas cookies. Every year for as long as I can remember, my grandmother made these delicious biscotti. On Christmas Eve, my two brothers and sister and I would get to open one present. It was a pair of new pajamas. (It was always a pair of new pajamas). Then my grandmother would […]

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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 just fuel for our body. It helps us understand who we are, where we come from and what matters most to us. Food, family and […]

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Torta di Prugna

Torta di Prugna

Tweet   During  the 1980’s when I lived in Campbell, California I entered a baking contest. It was for the Campbell Prune Festival held in the streets of our historic downtown. This was a wonderful celebration of community sponsored by the Sunsweet Prune Company, formerly known as The California Prune and Apricot Growers Association. Judged on […]

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