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Orecchiette al Ragu

Tweet This pasta dish has a creamy richness with very little fat and serves four generous portions using only half a pound of ground beef. In less than an hour, a hearty meal is on the table. Serve with a simple arugula salad and bruschette. For dessert, Ricotta al Caffe would be a smooth sweet […]

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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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Polpettone con Ricotta

Tweet I have made various types of meatloaf and I have made meat rolls using flank steak (braciolone), but I have never made rolled meatloaf before now. Polpettone con Ricotta (Stuffed Italian Meat Loaf) is a recipe I modified from an old cookbook of my mother’s, which she purchased at a church fundraiser. The Italian […]

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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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Mediterranean Beef Stew

Tweet This richly-flavored stew, served on a bed of ancient grains, will awaken your taste buds and take them on a Mediterranean journey. Ladle into shallow bowls and serve with chunks of rustic country bread, your favorite bottle of wine and share with your best friend (s).       Ingredients: 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive […]

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Creamy Beef Stew

Tweet Some of my family’s favorite dishes are the ones that are the easiest to put together and either simmer on top of the stove, such as stufato di manzo or balsamic braised chicken that bakes in the oven. These one-pot meals fill the kitchen with mouth-watering aromas that get your stomach juices flowing with […]

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Baked Lamb & Potatoes

Tweet For many, lamb is a seasonal favorite. The rosemary and lemon (a classic combination) permeate the lamb chops and flavor the potatoes at the same time. This is an easy dish to put together with dinner on the table in less than an hour.       Ingredients: 1 lemon, zest and juice 1 […]

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Fresh Herbs & Citrus Chicken

Tweet Fresh herbs and citrus infuse the chicken with their bright and robust flavors. This recipe utilizes both the zest and the juice of oranges and lemons. By first, marinating (for several hours) the chicken thighs in the fruit juices and then coating them with the zest and fresh chopped herbs, you’ll end up with […]

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Rotolo di Bistecca

Tweet Rotolo di bistecca, meaning beef roll in Italian, is versatile, as you can change the filling ingredients to suit your personal taste. This is similar to braciolone, except this dish cooks in less time because the flank steak is butterflied. I have paired it simply with roasted shallots because the first course I served with […]

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Beef-Barley Soup

Tweet In this month of January, 2016, it seems that just about everyone in the country, from coast to coast, is experiencing unusually cold weather. A few days ago it snowed and my entire neighborhood looked like a winter wonderland … and I live in the southern Arizona desert! For many of us, there is […]

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