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Cacio e Pepe

Tweet Cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper) is a Roman pasta dish that one can find all over this Italian city. There are only three main ingredients; Pecorino Romano, black pepper and pasta. The key to this seemingly simple dish is in how you treat them. When fat-soluble spices, such as, black peppercorns, are heated […]

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Jambalaya Soup

Tweet As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have a special connection to New Orleans. My mother and my maternal grandparents, each 100% Sicilian, were all born and raised in this favorite foodie town. Whether it’s gumbo or grillades and grits, eggs NOLA or red beans and rice, you can taste the culinary history […]

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Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Tweet As a child, I remember my mother preparing stuffed bell peppers on numerous occasions. It’s one of those recipes that you can prepare in advance, tend to four children, manage the house and the dozens of other tasks a busy mom has to do on any given day and still serve a healthy, home-cooked […]

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Lemon-y Lentil & Chickpea Soup

Tweet Viglia Capodanno, New Year’s Eve, is celebrated throughout Italy with family and friends enjoying food and drink. The drink is bubbly (Prosecco) and the food is symbolic of wishes for a good year ahead. Lentils, with their coin-like shape, have traditionally been believed to ring in a prosperous new year. Auguri per un nuovo […]

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Pasta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Broccolini & Ricotta

Tweet As with many of the meals I prepare, this one came about while standing in front of the refrigerator, door wide open and staring at the contents looking for inspiration! Earlier in the week, I had made a sheet pan full of lemon roasted broccolini so, I could make a frittata (I always have […]

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Pasta with Ricotta & Capers

Tweet Capers, the tiny, tangy buds of blossoming plants, have a permanent place in a Sicilian kitchen.Their piquant, briny flavors add personality to a variety of dishes, such as, veal picatta, summer spaghetti, tuna bruschette and of course Sicilian caponata. You’ll find capers in most markets either packed in salt or submerged in vinegar. I […]

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Spaghetti-Stuffed Eggplant

Tweet Pasta and eggplant are often enjoyed together, whether it’s the classic Pasta alla Norma, an eggplant and spaghetti pie or simply a plate of buccatini to accompany Melanzane alla Parmigiana. The inspiration for this dish came about because I wanted to serve a small plate of pasta but, in a fun way. The baby […]

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Summer Squash Soup

Tweet The days of Summer are dwindling and Autumn is just around the corner. Before we know it, the once bountiful harvest of vine-ripened tomatoes, sweet peppers and baby eggplants will fade into the sunset until next season. But, the one vegetable that seems to hang on the longest is summer squash. However grateful you […]

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Summer’s Sassy Sauce

Tweet This bold sauce is similar to pesto, as it’s the same consistency and requires no cooking. Made with a fruity extra-virgin with a peppery finish and two types of tomatoes, sun-dried and fresh cherry tomatoes, this thick sauce can be used as a spread to liven up any sandwich or tossed into pasta. This […]

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Fresh Tomato & Herb Sauce

Tweet This traditional recipe has been passed down from generation to generation by Pellegrino Artusi, gastronome (a connoisseur of good food) and author of Science in the Kitchen and The Art of Eating Well, published in 1891. Use only the freshest  and finest quality ingredients for the best results. Artusi suggests straining the sauce but, I prefer […]

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