Archive | September, 2012

Caramelized Onion & Fig Crostata

Tweet The best way, in my opinion, to eat fichi, meaning figs in Italian, is fresh off the tree. That was how I experienced my first taste of this short-lived seasonal fruit. My grandmother had many fruit trees in her backyard, the messiest, being the fig. When the fruit is ripe, (which seems to happen […]

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Finocchio al Forno

Finocchio al Forno

Tweet Italians eat fennel (finocchio) in much the same way as Americans eat celery, raw with perhaps a bit of salt. Tossed in a salad, fennel adds a wonderful aromatic crunchy bite. You may also enjoy it cooked, braised, sauteed, roasted or baked. Fennel is actually a bulb-like herb with little yellow flowers and is […]

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Ricotta al Caffe

Ricotta al Caffe

Tweet Every Sicilian I have ever met has a sweet tooth, we love our dolce (dessert), especially those with sweetened ricotta! Sicily’s iconic cannoli with it’s crisp pastry shell, creamy ricotta filling and a dusting of confectioner’s sugar is probably the most well known, followed by the elaborate cassata, a rich layered cake filled with […]

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Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf

Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf

Tweet As a rule, when I make dinner it’s usually something I have a hunger for, but there are those times when I just don’t feel all that hungry or inspired. So, I ask my husband, Jack, what he would like. Now, of all the different meals I have prepared over the years, and I […]

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Roasted Tomatoes

Pomodori al Forno

Tweet Romas, beefstakes, heirlooms and cherries, so many tomatoes, so little time. Recently, I purchased several pounds of tomatoes which I intended on using in a variety of recipes. “Intended” being the optimum word, life got busy and other than slicing and tossing into salad greens, making Panzanella Portabello’s and Fettunta Toscana, I still had […]

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Espresso Brownie Pops

Tweet Brownies, that iconic, no-utensil-needed dessert, has made more appearances at pot lucks and back-to-school nights than perhaps her best friend, the chocolate chip cookie. I have eaten my fair share of this chocolaty square bite, from the cake types smeared with icing, to the ones that are dense, moist and chewy, with nuts or […]

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No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry

Tweet Each morning before my son left for school we sat down to a healthy breakfast. Whether it was in a chair at the kitchen table or on more hectic days, a stool at the kitchen counter, (all the while making his lunch and quizzing him for the dreaded spelling test) it was a time […]

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