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Meatballs and Sauce

Tweet My maternal grandmother did not cook from recipes. I never saw her open a cookbook. To my knowledge, she didn’t have any. The meals she prepared were committed to memory. The cooking that took place inside her small kitchen was a direct result of  what was in her pantry and the fresh fruits and vegetables […]

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Creamy Carciofi Soup

Tweet Artichokes (carciofi), can be enjoyed in many ways. I have grilled, stuffed, and fritattafied (not a real word in any language) them. One of my husband’s favorite artichoke recipes is this soup. The ingredients are generally staples in my house, so this simple to prepare soup is ready in under an hour. The creamy […]

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Cuccidati Kisses

Tweet So, you’ve made dozens and dozens of Sicilian Christmas cookies and have just a bit of fig filling left. What do you do? As I see it, you have three options; You could make a smaller batch of the dough and make more cookies (not happening). Or, you can  take whatever amount of filling […]

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Risotto al Finocchio

Tweet Risotto should always be made with a short-grain rice because it absorbs the broth without the grains loosing their bite. Carnaroli, vialone nano and arborio are the main varieties. Carnaroli is the most expensive, vialone nano is preferred by Venetians and arborio is probably the best known and most readily available. Fennel is a […]

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Sicilian Pizza

Tweet When visiting Palermo, Sicily, a “must do” on everyone’s list should be to explore the bustling outdoor markets. Last year, while exploring all that Sicily had to offer, that’s the first thing Jack and I did when we got to Palermo. The Ballaro, the Capo and the Vucceria are in central Palermo, each a […]

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Honey Roasted Fennel

Tweet Fennel, a favorite Italian vegetable, customarily eaten raw with a bit of salt, sees the year’s second crop in Autumn. We enjoy it in soups, salads, a creamy bowl of beans and even as a beverage. If you’ve never tried this versatile vegetable, this is a perfect recipe for you. Roasting fennel softens the […]

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Chickpea Soup with Tomatoes & Pasta

Tweet My family loves soup! We have our favorites, depending on the season and the time of day. During the heat of summer we enjoy, creamy tomato basil, chilled summer spa soup, zucchini lemon, or an Italian gazpacho. Conversely, the cold winter months require a hot and hearty cup of comfort food. A few of […]

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Rustic Ricotta Biscuits

Tweet Ricotta is not actually a cheese, rather it is a byproduct of the cheese-making process. The creamy curds of  ricotta are rich in protein, are an excellent source of calcium and high in selenium, an important antioxidant. Since ricotta usually comes from animals raised on pasture, it provides a good amount of omega-3 in […]

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Sicilian Sunrise

Tweet A colorful libation to begin a delicious day! Brunch is my favorite way to entertain. It can be casual or elegant, yet the atmosphere is always festive, friendly and fun. It is the perfect opportunity to invite newcomers to the neighborhood, celebrate a special occasion or just relax and enjoy with family and friends. […]

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Summer Spaghetti

Summer Spaghetti

Tweet In Sicilian cooking, green olives and capers go together like pine nuts and currants and the classic combination gives personality to this bursting-with-flavor pasta dish. This is a fresh sauce with no cooking required. The ingredients are merely chopped and combined and rest in the refrigerator overnight. The next day let the sauce come […]

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