Archive | March, 2015

Carpaccio

Tweet Carpaccio is a very simple Italian starter. Traditionally, it is made with thinly-sliced high quality raw sirloin. This delightfully-different appetizer is topped with arugula and shaved Parmesan, then dressed with a few squeezes of lemon juice and a generous drizzle of robust extra-virgin olive oil. Season with freshly-ground black pepper and sea salt. The […]

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Pan-Fried Chicken Cutlets

Tweet Do you ever find yourself preparing a recipe your mother or grandmother used to make, wondering (but never questioning) why she did this or that? This chicken dish is one such recipe.       I always wondered why my grandmother: Pounded the daylights out of the chicken breast Dried each piece Always used […]

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Almond Cookies

Tweet In Sicily, these flour-less, macaroon-like morsels are known as cassettine. Requiring only a few ingredients, they are quick to put together and just in time for Saint Joseph’s Day¬†(March 19th). Other almond biscotti for your enjoyment are Italian Wedding Cookies,¬†Pinoli, Almond Ravioli Cookies and Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Biscotti.   Ingredients: 1 cup blanched […]

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Sfinci di San Giuseppe

Tweet Saint Joseph (San Giuseppe) is not only the patron saint of Sicily, he is also the patron saint of pastry cooks. The Feast of San Giuseppe (March 19th) is celebrated all throughout Sicily and in New Orleans, Louisiana. Of course, as is with all holidays, there is a whole lot of eating with family […]

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Pasta con le Sarde

Tweet Of all the delicious dishes (dolci excluded) I have enjoyed in Sicily, my most memorable meal is Pasta con le Sarde. My mother and I were vacationing in Italy. This was the first trip to the “old” country for both of us and we were making the journey together. What you should know about […]

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Brussels Sprouts Bruschetta

Tweet Anyone who knows me well, will tell you that this is a favorite breakfast of mine. Once a week, I roast a pound or two of these little cruciferous morsels (which tames there bittery-bite and brings out their softer, sweeter side), to have on hand for a quick and healthy meal. I toast a […]

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