Tag Archives: Italian

Arugula Salad with Warm Balsamic Dressing

Tweet Whether you call it arugula, rucola or rocket, this wild peppery plant has grown in the Mediterranean since Roman times. Rucola, the Italian name, is an edible herb and is as common place to Italians as basil and parsley. This nutritious green, high in vitamin-K and folic acid, can be used in appetizers, such […]

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Raw Garlic vs Cooked Garlic

Tweet Have you ever wondered why some recipes call for chopped garlic while others list minced, sliced or even whole cloves? When using fresh raw garlic it’s important to know that “how” you cut it directly affects the flavor intensity. When you cut into a raw garlic clove, you are rupturing the cells. The finer the clove is […]

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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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Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

Tweet Cheesecake is one of those desserts that you’ll find in many eateries from casual cafes to fine-dining restaurants. Typically served with a graham cracker crust, the classic dessert is silky smooth and so rich and creamy, that just a sliver of a slice will do. My ricotta cheesecake is prepared without a crust, is […]

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Pasta Piccata

Tweet One of my favorite dishes is piccatina di vitello al limone, which translated, means veal piccata. Realizing I had no meat in the refrigerator and not wanting to go to the market, I turned to a pantry staple … pasta. The farfalle absorbs the tasty tangy sauce, creating a meal that is both quick […]

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Creamy Baked Ricotta

Tweet Luscious, creamy and rich-tasting baked ricotta is delicious on its own but, paired with your favorite vegetables, it’s even better. My favorites are (front to back) sauteed kale with garlic, roasted cherry tomatoes and lemon-roasted broccolini. Serve with bruschette for an easy appetizer or side dish.  Add a soup and/or salad and call it a […]

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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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Roasted Cherry Tomatoes & Eggplant Bruschetta

Tweet There are endless possibilities when it comes to making bruschette (plural). For me, it’s a matter of what ingredients I have on hand. Bruschette are terrific any time of the day or night and can be a quick breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. Whether I’m making a single serving or enough to feed a crowd, I always […]

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Baci di Dama

Tweet Perugina, the renowned Italian confectionery icon, is Italy’s most beloved chocolate maker. On Valentine’s Day in 1922, Luisa Spagnoli, the co-founder, created their signature candy. Baci, meaning kisses in Italian, is the luscious chocolate and hazelnut confection that comes in the blue and silver foil-wrapping with the “special” love note tucked inside. Baci di […]

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Brown Butter Fig Biscotti

Tweet Toasting the almonds and browning the butter is the key to what gives these nutty, buttery cookies their depth of flavor and richness. Sometimes I add a smear of mascarpone and a dab of fig jam. This is my favorite “breakfast” biscotti!       Ingredients: 9 Tablespoons  butter 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup […]

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