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Lemon-y Lentil & Chickpea Soup

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 anno […]

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Panforte

Panforte dates back to the year 1000 and is the traditional Christmas dolce of Siena, one of the first cities in Italy to use sugar and rare spices. This rich, chewy, cake-like confection is loaded with hazelnuts, almonds and candied citrus peels and is spiced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, coriander and white pepper. One cannot […]

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Gingerbread Biscotti

For many of us, family traditions are a big deal and most of them are centered around special foods, particularly during the holidays. The Christmas season is filled with memories each time we make a large batch of cuccidati, my grandmother’s Sicilian fig cookies, braciolone and lasagne that my mother prepared, not only for the Christmas meal but, […]

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Sicilian Amaretti

Amaretti, are Italian cookies made with almonds. Although I have made these cookies with almonds, pistachios are the traditional nuts used by Sicilians. My grandmother always bought the nuts in the shells, which needed to be removed before the baking of any cookies or cakes commenced. These amaretti are crisp on the outside with a chewy […]

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Pumpkin Tart with Biscotti Crust

This tart has all the flavors of your traditional holiday pumpkin pie but, with an Italian twist. Rather than making a pie with the typical pastry dough, I decided to make a crust of flavorful cookie crumbs, which is similar to a graham cracker crust. This recipe uses  pumpkin pecan biscotti, (minus the pecans) and […]

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Mediterranean Fish With Sicilian Vinegar

Although this is a great warm weather dish to enjoy al fresco, while sipping a limonata, it’s also a perfect choice during the holidays. For many, this is a very busy time of year filled with long to-do lists and richer than normal  foods. This healthy, protein-packed lunch or dinner is easy to prepare and […]

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Biscotti alla Zucca

These little pumpkin (zucca in Italian) cookies are about the size of a tablespoon. You simply mix the ingredients together to form a dough, chill in the refrigerator for an hour and then roll into a log, slice and bake. The cookies have a gentle sweetness, are spiced with cinnamon and kissed by lemon. One […]

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Orange Mascarpone Biscuits

These quick and easy-to-prepare biscuits will add a special touch to your everyday breakfast. And, if you’re having overnight guests for the holidays, it’s nice to have something fresh from the oven to go with their morning coffee. The biscuits are topped with mascarpone and orange marmalade before they are baked, making them ready to […]

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Pumpkin Pecan Biscotti

I don’t know about you but, when the weather gets cooler, I have an urge to fill the kitchen with the intoxicating aromas of soul satisfying soups and stews and sinfully delicious desserts. It’s in my DNA! Before the required (family pouts if they don’t get it) seasonal baking begins, I enjoy coming up with […]

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Gorgonzola-Stuffed Figs with Balsamic Drizzle

I have never tasted better figs than those hanging from the trees in my grandparent’s back yard. Picked at the perfect moment of ripeness, they were soft, sweet, succulent and bursting with flavor! Figs are seasonal, making their appearance in early summer and again in early fall. Every year I have high hopes of finding […]

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