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Heirloom Roasted Carrots

Tweet Heirloom plant species, be they flowers, fruits or vegetables are grown from seeds that are passed down from generation to generation. Grown from seeds that are at least fifty years old, these heirloom beauties use traditional techniques and rely on natural pollination (insects and wind). Not only do the heirloom varieties look different from […]

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Le Verdure

Tweet Food does not have to be complicated. These colorful vegetables, simply roasted with olive oil and salt, then grilled are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate .

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Summer Squash A Scapace

Tweet “A Scapece” is a two-step method of preparing vegetables. First, le verdure (vegetables) are fried, then marinated in vinegar overnight. Typically, they are served as Merende or as a side dish with meat or fish. I use zucchini and (in this image) crook-neck squash. The last few times I’ve made this, I roasted the […]

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Fricassea di Funghi

Tweet The only fricasee dish I can recall was with chicken in a wonderful lemon-y butter sauce. I only have mushrooms tonight so I thought I’d try and recreate that fricasse senza (without) the chicken. Mushrooms are fat-free, cholesterol-free and low in calories, yet they are nutrient rich in B-Vitamins (Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid). They […]

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Cauliflower in Lemon-Caper Sauce

Tweet   Capers are a small but distinctive ingredient in Sicilian cooking. The caper bush grows wild on the Italian Islands of Salina (Aeolian Islands, north of Sicily) and Pantelleria (Strait of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea and summer home of Giorgio Armani). It is native to the Mediterranean and some parts of Asia. The […]

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Spinaci alla Siciliana

Tweet This is a classic Sicilian vegetable dish. It can be prepared with spinach, chard, mustard greens (or any other leafy greens). Nutritious and delicious this recipe literally takes only minutes to prepare. The currantsĀ (or raisins) add just the right amount of sweetness, provide generous amounts of potassium and are full of antioxidants. Pine nuts […]

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Stuffed Eggplant Stacks

Tweet This recipe started out as zucchini and ricotta fritters. Well, I have to tell you, it was more like fritter failure because the almond flour I used in the batter just didn’t work. But the flavor was there, so I foraged through the refrigerator to see what I could come up with. Abstaining from […]

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Roasted Mashed Cauliflower

Tweet   I love how sweet cauliflower gets when it’s roasted. Quite a different taste from a flowerette on a crudite platter. I’m not a fan of this vegetable in it’s raw form. It’s as if it’s not even the same vegetable, I don’t care how much dip you swirl it through. But when it’s […]

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Minestrone

Tweet This is the quintessential Italian vegetable soup! Whether I prepare it to accompany that leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich, for a light Christmas Eve dinner or a stand-alone bowl of comfort, my signature minestrone is always made with a whole lot of love! This particular pot simmering on the stove today is more than mere […]

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Pomodoro con Pane (Tomato with Bread Soup)

Tweet     I think it’s safe to say, I have never ever thrown away a piece of bread … ever. Why would I, when there is always a use for even the last crusty chunk. I use it for stuffing, breadcrumbs and of course soups. This recipe takes full advantage of any bread you […]

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