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 nonni’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 some other […]

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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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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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Tortellini Soup

Tortellini Soup with Meatballs

Tweet     This soup is so easy and satisfying. Make extra meatballs and keep them in the freezer so you can enjoy a comforting bowl on a moments notice. If I run out of meatballs I add frozen green peas, equally delicious and a good substitute during lent. Serve with a salad, a crusty […]

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Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache

Tweet     Ganache is a silky smooth mixture of chocolate and cream and the results rely on the quality of the chocolate used. You can use semi-sweet or bittersweet, milk, dark or white, just be certain to use a pure chocolate. That means it only has chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla and lecithin. […]

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