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Italian Apple Cake

Like my toasted almond breakfast cake, olive oil zucchini bread and mascarpone souffle, this is another fitting addition to your morning meal. Made with apples and cinnamon, golden raisins and extra-virgin olive oil, this slightly sweet cake is just as happy paired with a mug of hot coffee as it is with a cold glass […]

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Pasta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Broccolini & Ricotta

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 eggs). […]

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Pasta with Ricotta & Capers

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 prefer […]

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Raspberry & Mascarpone Torta

Who among us doesn’t enjoy a great pastry or coffee cake? Whether it’s a small wedge with that first cup of coffee in the morning or a generous slice shared with a friend in the afternoon, cake and coffee just go together. The combination of creamy mascarpone filling, sweet berry preserves and a toasted nut topping […]

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Spaghetti-Stuffed Eggplant

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 eggplant […]

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Honey Mousse

Milk and honey were both among the earliest foods of humankind and the earliest mentioned in the bible. “A land flowing with milk and honey” (Exod.3:8), is an expression describing the agricultural prosperity of the Holy Land. Honey, miele in Italian, is a natural alternative to refined sugar and comes in thousands of variations. Because […]

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Summer Squash Soup

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 might […]

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Summer’s Sassy Sauce

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 is […]

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Insalata Caprese

The Isle of Capri, Italy, situated in the Bay of Napoli, is probably most noted for the Grotta Azzurra, (Blue Grotto) a sea cave that is filled with a brilliant blue light. I was lucky enough to visit this magical place before it became the tourist attraction it is today. If you climb the long and […]

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Tuna Bruschette

Bruschette is the quintessential small bite and is the perfect choice for summertime eating! The tuna salad can be prepared in advance so, all you have to do is toast the bread. I use Wild Planet Albacore Tuna. Each five ounce can contains 100% pure tuna in large chunk (not bits and pieces) and sea […]

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