Archive | December, 2011

Felice Anno Nuovo!

Tweet A romantic dinner for two on the Grand Canal, the glow of Venice in the moonlight, and the food … oh, the glorious food.

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Mom’s Lasagna

Tweet Making lasagna is a labor of love. ¬†Although, not all that difficult to prepare, it does involve several steps and is rather time consuming. There are as many variations of this dish as there are original family recipes and of course, everyone thinks their family recipe is the best. Unfortunately, I never thought to […]

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Anise Biscotti

Tweet   Italians LOVE their biscotti! We eat them for breakfast, for a mid-day snack with a cappuccino (my personal favorite) or dunked into the local Vin Santo, a sweet dessert wine. Biscotti, pronounced “bee SKOAT tee” is plural for biscotto, which literally means twice (bis) cooked (cotto). This technique was used to produce a […]

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Macaroni & Cauliflower Soup

Tweet     To most Americans, macaroni usually means the elbow type. Growing up we called ALL pasta macaroni. It wasn’t spaghetti and meatballs, it was just we’re going to mom’s on Sunday for macaroni. So don’t let the title of this dish confuse you. We never use a short macaroni, it’s either fettuccini or […]

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marsala apple cake

Marsala Apple Cake

Tweet The town of Marsala is located in the north west part of Sicily and produces a fortified wine bearing her name. In the late 1700’s the wine was ‘fortified’ with Brandy thus giving it a longer shelf life for all those seafaring men. I recently had a neighbor (who is an excellent baker) ask […]

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Risi e Bisi

Risi e Bisi (Risotto with Peas)

Tweet   Making a great risotto is rather like making love, it takes a slow loving hand, a bit of skill and … timing is everything. The key to a well-made risotto is both the grain you choose and the technique. You need a short-grain variety such as Arborio because a long-grain will stay separated […]

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Fiori di Sicilia Biscotti

Fiori di Sicilia Biscotti

Tweet     For years I’ve made only our traditional biscotti recipes, anise, lemon and almond. My best friend, Dinora, likes the candied fruit one finds in fruit cakes so I came up with a special biscotti recipe just for her. The first time I made them I used the candied fruit you get in […]

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Sicilian Caponata

Tweet   It is believed by some that this Sicilian antipasto originated with the local fisherman. Their caponata alla marinara made with seafood kept well because of the vinegar which acted as a preservative. Caponata is easy to prepare and keeps for at least a week (it’s always gone by then but I think it […]

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Affogato

Affogato

Tweet         Affogato al Caffe literally means drowned in coffee. It is a quick and easy dessert that will satisfy your guests sweet tooth as well as their caffeine fix. You may use the recipe as a guide line but feel free to add more gelato or coffee as you desire. ¬†It’s […]

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Panettone Muffins

Panettone Muffins

Tweet I discovered this recipe the last time I ordered Fiori di Sicilia for my biscotti recipe. King Arthur Flour is the oldest flour company in America and has served my baking needs well. I have never paid much attention to their recipes but this one caught my eye. Now I must tell you, I […]

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