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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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Sicilian Spezzatino

Tweet Braised, roasted, simmered and stewed, these are the types of dishes that are calling my name. When the weather is cold outside, few things are more comforting than a pot roast in the oven or a simmering stew on the stove. An Italian stew is called spezzatino (Italian verb spezzare means “to cut up”) […]

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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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Balsamic Braised Chicken

Tweet Roasted, poached, grilled and fried, these are just a few of the ways I have prepared poultry this year, but during the fall and winter months, there is nothing quite like those dinners with the delicious smells that permeate your kitchen. From the moment you lift the lid off a dish that has been […]

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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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Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf

Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf

Tweet As a rule, when I make dinner it’s usually something I have a hunger for, but there are those times when I just don’t feel all that hungry or inspired. So, I ask my husband, Jack, what he would like. Now, of all the different meals I have prepared over the years, and I […]

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Piccatina di Vitello al Limone

Tweet Sauteed veal with lemon is fast food … really! Thinly-sliced veal quickly sauteed (don’t even have to dredge it in flour) and a sauce that practically makes itself is my definition of fast food. You could substitute chicken in most recipes that call for veal, however, you would have to pound the chicken breasts […]

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Pesce alla Milanese

Tweet This fish recipe is cooked in the style of Milan with a crisp crumb coating, the tangy taste of lemon and a simple browned-butter sauce. I use my own breadcrumbs most of the time, but there are some recipes that work well with Panko. Panko are Japanese breadcrumbs. What makes them unique is the processing. The […]

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Polpette con Limone

Tweet Meatballs with lemon are lighter than my traditional meatballs with red sauce. By making them smaller (about the size of a walnut) they are just the right size to enjoy as Merende (Small Bites), add to a Mediterranean Salad or serve with Lemon Spaghetti. I prepare a double recipe to have on hand because […]

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