Archive | December, 2016

Macaroni and Peas

Tweet When I was growing up, we called “all” pasta maccherone, regardless of its shape. My grandmother made this particular recipe with spaghetti and canned peas. I use orecchiette instead of long pasta (strands), because it captures the tiny peas perfectly. I also prefer to use frozen peas rather than canned because I think they […]

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Holiday Spice Biscotti

Tweet Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what holidays are made of. I can’t imagine holiday baking without the aromatic fragrances that our favorite spices provide. Spices are derived from plants. You probably are aware that cinnamon is bark and ginger is a root but, did you know that cloves are flower buds and […]

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Salame di Fichi

Tweet Although it has been stated many times before that Italians typically do not eat a rich dessert after a meal, it is a well-known fact that Sicilians have a sweet tooth! And there is no better time to share some of these seasonal treats than during the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas holidays. One of […]

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Risotto alla Milanese

Tweet Risotto alla Milanese is the traditional accompaniment to Osso Bucco. The Northern Italian dish gets its lovely, vibrant color from saffron. Perhaps the worlds most expensive spice, saffron is derived from the flower of an ancient member of the crocus family with Mediterranean origins. Each plant can bear up to four flowers but, there […]

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Holiday Brussels Sprouts

Tweet I really like Brussels sprouts. I enjoy them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I realize not everyone is a fan of this healthy cruciferous vegetable and most folks either love them or hate them. If your mom (or whomever did the cooking) prepared stinky, smelly, nasty-tasting Brussels sprouts, don’t blame the pint-size vegetable … […]

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