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Candied Orange Fritters

Tweet Piazza San Marco, in Venice Italy, is typically filled with tourists (and pigeons) during the summer months. But, in February, this well-known Italian square is the heart of Carnevale, pulsing with seductive revelry. Magicians and mimes mingle with masquerade attendees dressed in elaborate costumes and ornate masks. Carnevale, which comes from the Latin carnem […]

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Giardiniera

Tweet The Italian giardiniera, pronounced jar-dih-NAIR-ah, means from the garden and is a classic combination of vegetables. Cauliflower, red bell peppers, carrots, celery and serrano chili peppers are mixed and marinated in a mixture of vinegar, olive oil and seasonings. Giardiniera, a common term for pickled foods, has graced many antipasti platters, but, if you’d […]

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Griddle Cakes

Tweet The only thing Italian about this recipe is the story that goes with it. My son, Joe, and I were in Brindisi, Italy, on a volunteer-working-vacation. This was our second visit to southern Italy and although it was a different town, the mission was the same; to teach conversational English to students. Joe was […]

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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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Lemon Ice Box Pie

Tweet This type of pie was named after the “ice box” it was stored in to keep cool. Prior to World War II, the majority of Americans did not have electricity, so that meant no refrigerators to keep perishables. Ice boxes, dating back to the 1830’s, were insulated (tin or zinc) boxes that typically held […]

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Pecan Pie French Toast

Tweet Mother’s Day Brunch, held in the historic ballroom of the BourbonĀ Orleans, live jazz and amazing food was a delectable triple treat. The Bourbon Orleans, my favorite hotel in the French Quarter, is located directly behind the Saint Louis Cathedral and the Cafe Du Monde (quick access for our morning, afternoon and late-night beignets). This […]

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Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese

Tweet May was one big holiday for me! The first half of the month, my son and I went to New Orleans for a special Mother’s Day trip and the remainder of May was spent at our family cabin in Northern California. I have several recipes to share and a story … or two. As […]

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Creole Spices

Tweet The flavor of Creole cooking in a jar, this mixture of spices makes it easy and convenient to prepare your favorite New Orleans dishes (Pasta Milanese). Depending on where you live in the country, you could purchase a ready-made spice blend (like Emeril’s Essence) or you can make your own. The spices below should […]

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Saint Joseph’s “Sawdust”

Tweet San Giuseppe, (Saint Joseph) was the husband of Mary, the Mother of God and is the patron saint of the family. On March 19, in celebration of the Feast of San Giuseppe, elaborate altars will be filled with food all over Sicily and New Orleans. This tradition commemorates the relief Saint Joseph provided during […]

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Pasta Milanese with Saint Joseph’s “Sawdust”

Tweet This pasta dish is a classic for New Orleanians of Sicilian descent. It is the ritual meal (a cena di San Giuseppe) that is traditionally served on March 19th for Saint Joseph’s Day (San Giuseppe). This version is adapted slightly from John Besh’s recipe in his cookbook, My New Orleans.     Ingredients: 1/4 […]

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