Tag Archives: Sicilian

Shaved Zucchini Salad

Tweet This is a fresh and flavorful raw zucchini dish featuring tangy capers and ricotta salata. The words ‘Ricotta’ means re-cooked and ‘Salata’ means salted. Ricotta Salata is a Sicilian cheese made from the whey part of sheep milk, which is pressed, salted and aged for at least 90 days. It is mild and milky […]

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Fresh Peach Caprese

Tweet There is only one authentic Insalata Caprese and it originated in Capri, Italy. Traditionally, tomatoes are used in the infamous dish. Since it is peach season and I have an abundance of the fruit, I thought this would be a delicious twist on a classic. I swapped out the tomatoes for peaches and in […]

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Masseria (farm) Salad

Tweet In an unspoiled and sun-drenched corner of southern Sicily is the Baroque town of Noto. Noto, known locally as Il Giardino di Pietra (Garden of Stone), is the most beautiful of Baroque towns. The local limestone of the buildings takes on a soft, peachy golden glow and the effect, especially at sunset, is spectacular! […]

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Granita alla Fragola

Tweet History tells us flavored ices date back to ancient China, but the first frozen dessert in Italy actually came from Sicily. Arabs brought an icy treat of frozen water, fruit and honey, which evolved to become known as granita. The granita in Sicily is so pure, so flavorful and so refreshing, that during the summer, […]

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Pantelleria Potato Salad

Tweet Potato salad with olives, tomatoes and capers is a popular salad on the island of Pantelleria (Strait of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea). Capers are a small but distinctive ingredient in Sicilian cooking. I have seen these plants all over Sicily, growing right out of stone walls (see photos below). In addition to abundant […]

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Cuccidati Crostata

Tweet Every year it seems our stash of Sicilian Christmas cookies are gone way too soon. So, this past Christmas, I saved some of the filling to make another small batch for Easter. Not feeling like baking, I came up with this crostata instead. It’s a perfect pairing with an afternoon coffee or for a […]

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Pistacchio Biscotti

Tweet Pistacchio Di Bronte, the pistachio grown on the western slope of Sicily’s Mount Etna, is harvested only in odd years. If you missed 2019’s crop, the next harvest will be in 2021. Pistachio trees are alternate bearing, producing heavy crops every other year. Farmers remove the flower in “off” years to allow the tree […]

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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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Cuccidati Kisses

Tweet So, you’ve made dozens and dozens of Sicilian Christmas cookies and have just a bit of fig filling left. What do you do? As I see it, you have three options; You could make a smaller batch of the dough and make more cookies (not happening). Or, you can  take whatever amount of filling […]

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Sicilian Pizza

Tweet When visiting Palermo, Sicily, a “must do” on everyone’s list should be to explore the bustling outdoor markets. Last year, while exploring all that Sicily had to offer, that’s the first thing Jack and I did when we got to Palermo. The Ballaro, the Capo and the Vucceria are in central Palermo, each a […]

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