Archive | June, 2012

Fricassea di Funghi

Tweet The only fricasee dish I can recall was with chicken in a wonderful lemon-y butter sauce. I only have mushrooms tonight so I thought I’d try and recreate that fricasse senza (without) the chicken. Mushrooms are fat-free, cholesterol-free and low in calories, yet they are nutrient rich in B-Vitamins (Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid). They […]

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Limoncello Tiramisu

Tweet   Although there are myths to the contrary, it may surprise you to discover that Tiramisu (which means “pick-me-up” in Italian) was created quite recently (by European standards). Sometime in the 1930’s, a small restorante (restaurant) in Treviso, located northwest of Venice on Italy’s Adriatic coast, came up with this decadent dessert. Clients of […]

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Cauliflower in Lemon-Caper Sauce

Tweet   Capers are a small but distinctive ingredient in Sicilian cooking. The caper bush grows wild on the Italian Islands of Salina (Aeolian Islands, north of Sicily) and Pantelleria (Strait of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea and summer home of Giorgio Armani). It is native to the Mediterranean and some parts of Asia. The […]

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Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

Tweet The first time I ever had lemon curd was also the first time I had a proper cup of tea. My mother and I were in Victoria, British Columbia, for a long weekend. (It’s a quick trip from San Francisco). We arrived by ferry at night, and were welcomed with the sight of the […]

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Pesce alla Milanese

Tweet This fish recipe is cooked in the style of Milan with a crisp crumb coating, the tangy taste of lemon and a simple browned-butter sauce. I use my own breadcrumbs most of the time, but there are some recipes that work well with Panko. Panko are Japanese breadcrumbs. What makes them unique is the processing. The […]

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Lemon Spaghetti

Tweet This is one of those dishes that hardly needs a recipe. It’s quick and it’s easy. It’s my go-to-recipe when I want a simple summer meal. This serves two generous portions. If you are dining alone, have half for dinner and enjoy the other half the next day for lunch. Lemon Spaghetti is light, […]

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Lemon-Blueberry Scones & Mascarpone Cream

Tweet What is the difference between a scone and a biscuit? If you are (from the states)  visiting England and ask for a biscuit, you will get a cookie. If you order a muffin, you’ll be served the kind with nooks and crannies to capture lavish amounts of butter and jam and it requires a […]

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Polpette con Limone

Tweet Meatballs with lemon are lighter than my traditional meatballs with red sauce. By making them smaller (about the size of a walnut) they are just the right size to enjoy as Merende (Small Bites), add to a Mediterranean Salad or serve with Lemon Spaghetti. I prepare a double recipe to have on hand because […]

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Zucchini Lemon Soup

Tweet The majority of the soups I make are of a hearty variety, like Minestrone and Lentil. You know the kind that warm you up on a cold winter’s day. But as the days begin to heat up the simplicity of a summer meal becomes appealing for a couple of reasons. First, the garden (yours […]

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Sesame Lemon Biscotti

Tweet I remember eating these biscotti as a child, sitting at my grandmother’s kitchen table but, I never had them with a glass of milk. She always gave me a coffee in the same pretty cup with flowers painted on it (that I now have in my cupboard with the rest of the set). She […]

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