Tag Archives: secondi piatti

Meatballs and Sauce

Tweet My maternal grandmother did not cook from recipes. I never saw her open a cookbook. To my knowledge, she didn’t have any. The meals she prepared were committed to memory. The cooking that took place inside her small kitchen was a direct result of  what was in her pantry and the fresh fruits and vegetables […]

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Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Tweet As a child, I remember my mother preparing stuffed bell peppers on numerous occasions. It’s one of those recipes that you can prepare in advance, tend to four children, manage the house and the dozens of other tasks a busy mom has to do on any given day and still serve a healthy, home-cooked […]

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Melanzane alla Parmigiana

Tweet Whenever my son, Joe, and I try a new Italian restaurant, the “one dish” that is a make-or-break decision to return, is eggplant Parmesan. The ingredients should compliment one another. The sauce must not overpower the dish nor the flavor of the eggplant be lost under a mound of cheese. An arugula salad with […]

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Mediterranean Beef Stew

Tweet This richly-flavored stew, served on a bed of ancient grains, will awaken your taste buds and take them on a Mediterranean journey. Ladle into shallow bowls and serve with chunks of rustic country bread, your favorite bottle of wine and share with your best friend (s).       Ingredients: 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive […]

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Mediterranean Fish With Sicilian Vinegar

Tweet 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 […]

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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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Baked Lamb & Potatoes

Tweet For many, lamb is a seasonal favorite. The rosemary and lemon (a classic combination) permeate the lamb chops and flavor the potatoes at the same time. This is an easy dish to put together with dinner on the table in less than an hour.       Ingredients: 1 lemon, zest and juice 1 […]

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Fresh Herbs & Citrus Chicken

Tweet Fresh herbs and citrus infuse the chicken with their bright and robust flavors. This recipe utilizes both the zest and the juice of oranges and lemons. By first, marinating (for several hours) the chicken thighs in the fruit juices and then coating them with the zest and fresh chopped herbs, you’ll end up 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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Chicken Marsala al Forno

Tweet One of my favorite meals is veal Marsala and if I’m dining out and it’s on the menu, it’s difficult for me to resist. This baked (al forno) recipe is a version of the classic chicken Marsala. The original is made with chicken breasts, dusted with flour, briefly sauteed and served with a Marsala […]

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