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Marsala-Poached Pears

Marsala-Poached Pears

Tweet The Sicilian city of Marsala, (from the Arabic “Mars-el-Allah,” meaning the port of God) on the ancient trade route between North Africa and Europe, still rely on the products on which it’s history is built. Wine, salt, olive oil and cured tuna are as much staples for today’s residents as they were for the […]

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Ricotta Gnocchi

Tweet Gnocchi (pronounced neeyo-kee) are small dumplings. They should be light and have a soft texture┬ánot dense and rubbery (often the case in many restaurants). In Italy, gnocchi are eaten as a primo piatto (first course). Growing up in a Sicilian household, I never ate this Northern Italian specialty until I visited Venice. I was […]

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Anise Biscotti

Tweet   Italians LOVE their biscotti! We eat them for breakfast, for a mid-day snack with a cappuccino (my personal favorite) or dunked into the local Vin Santo, a sweet dessert wine. Biscotti, pronounced “bee SKOAT tee” is plural for biscotto, which literally means twice (bis) cooked (cotto). This technique was used to produce a […]

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