Archive | January, 2013

Mozzarella Biscuits

Tweet   Crispy on the outside with a soft crumb inside, these not quite savory, not quite sweet, biscuits are the perfect bite. Particularly tasty with soups and a nice alternative to bread. Leftovers reheated in the oven, (to retain crispness) can be sliced and filled with your favorite jam or scrambled eggs for a […]

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Lasagna Soup

Tweet Lasagna has been a part of my family’s Christmas dinner for as long as I can remember and it’s the only time I really ever make it anymore. This past year I didn’t even make it, my son did (molto squisito). My mother used to make enough for all of us to enjoy on […]

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Roasted Fennel Soup

Tweet For many folks, soup is the original comfort food, whether it’s a soothing light stracciatella or a hearty pasta e fagioli. This full bodied fennel soup falls somewhere in between. An easy to prepare recipe with only a few ingredients, this soup is so thick and creamy that you’d never guess it has no […]

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Sicilian Spezzatino

Tweet Braised, roasted, simmered and stewed, these are the types of dishes that are calling my name. When the weather is cold outside, few things are more comforting than a pot roast in the oven or a simmering stew on the stove. An Italian stew is called spezzatino (Italian verb spezzare means “to cut up”) […]

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Zuppa di Cipolle

Tweet Onion soups have been popular since Roman times, so it seems to me that French onion soup might not be so French after all! As you may recall from your history class, Henry II, future king of France, married a lovely Italian girl from Florence named Catherine de Medici. What you might not remember […]

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Spaghetti Westerns

Tweet Last Saturday, I attended a Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering. This TTSG (Tucson Troop Support Group) event is an annual fund raiser with all of the proceeds going to support our local troops. This is usually a sold out event and last year over $5000.00 was raised. In keeping with the spirit of the […]

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Stufato di Manzo with Polenta (Beef Stew)

Tweet This stew is the equivalent of the basic “little black dress,”  the essential recipe to have in your repertoire that you can serve anytime. You can dress her up for company or keep her simple and rustic depending on the occasion. The ingredients are accessible and affordable creating a richly flavored dish that is […]

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New Year Intention

Tweet Christmas is over and on the first day of the new year many will be making resolutions, that unfortunately only a small percentage will be able to keep. So, what can we do to insure a sustainable change in our lives? Rather than making a New Year’s resolution, I suggest setting an intention instead. […]

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