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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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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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Carpaccio

Tweet Carpaccio is a very simple Italian starter. Traditionally, it is made with thinly-sliced high quality raw sirloin. This delightfully-different appetizer is topped with arugula and shaved Parmesan, then dressed with a few squeezes of lemon juice and a generous drizzle of robust extra-virgin olive oil. Season with freshly-ground black pepper and sea salt. The […]

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Melanzane e Spaghetti Torta

Tweet So, you have an eggplant, half a box of spaghetti, a pound of ground beef and need to make something that will feed six hearty appetites. This eggplant and spaghetti pie will do the trick and is just the thing to get the conversation started. Your family and dinner guests will smile at this […]

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Southern Comfort Brisket

Tweet It’s smart to plan ahead if you’re thinking about making this slightly sweet brisket. Although it takes 4-5 hours to cook, it basically cooks itself as it makes it’s own sauce. All you have to do is combine the  ingredients, pour over the brisket and shove it in the oven. Perfect for a potluck […]

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Stufato di Manzo with Polenta (Beef Stew)

Tweet This stew is the equivalent of the basic “little black dress,”  the essential recipe to have in your repertoire that you can serve anytime. You can dress her up for company or keep her simple and rustic depending on the occasion. The ingredients are accessible and affordable creating a richly flavored dish that is […]

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Cavoli Ripiene (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls)

Tweet Last weekend, my girlfriend and I attended a fundraiser, Taste for Nourish, a non-profit dedicated to providing family and community support for children with feeding challenges. These children are unable to eat a nutritious diet by mouth due to medical problems, autism spectrum disorders or sensory challenges. For more information or to make a […]

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Stracoto (Italian Pot Roast)

Stracoto (Italian Pot Roast)

Tweet Each year in late October, when the weather is just about perfect, our neighborhood throws a block party. The streets are partitioned off, tables are set up and it’s BYOC (bring your own chair), with plenty of room left for dancing in the street. We’ve enjoyed everything from October Fest fare (German sausages, kraut […]

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Mini Italian Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

Tweet A sandwich of Italian sausage, onions and peppers is typical street food of my beloved Sicily. I have served and eaten it on many occasions, from various local and regional Italian Festas (festivals) to football parties and BBQ’s. Herein lies the dilemma, what to do when this is the main event at your gathering […]

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