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Fresh Tomato & Herb Sauce

Tweet This traditional recipe has been passed down from generation to generation by Pellegrino Artusi, gastronome (a connoisseur of good food) and author of Science in the Kitchen and The Art of Eating Well, published in 1891. Use only the freshest  and finest quality ingredients for the best results. Artusi suggests straining the sauce but, I prefer […]

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Jacob’s Lentil Soup

Tweet Referring to the lentil soup his brother was cooking, Esau said to Jacob,  “Let me gulp down some of that red stuff, I am famished.” (Gen. 25:30) This biblical verse goes on to explain that Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of this pottage, which has become a metaphor to describe giving away […]

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Candied Orange Fritters

Tweet Piazza San Marco, in Venice Italy, is typically filled with tourists (and pigeons) during the summer months. But, in February, this well-known Italian square is the heart of Carnevale, pulsing with seductive revelry. Magicians and mimes mingle with masquerade attendees dressed in elaborate costumes and ornate masks. Carnevale, which comes from the Latin carnem […]

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Tweet Traditionally, hummus consists of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini (ground sesame seeds), olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. The beauty of the basic recipe is that you can change it up by adding a red bell pepper or substitute another vegetable, such as, artichoke or eggplant for example. I find raw garlic to be […]

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Auguri per San Valentino!

Auguri per San Valentino!

Tweet Italy has a long and rich history of famous loves and lovers. Giacomo Casanova, the famous Venetian womanizer and Rudolf Valentino, the Italian sex symbol, are two that immediately come to mind. And who hasn’t heard of Shakespeare’s immortalized lovers, Romeo and Juliet or Dante’s ill-fated couple, Paolo and Francesca? Italy is the land […]

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Pasta & Peas Stracciatella

Tweet Stracciatella is an Italian egg drop soup. Traditionally, it is a light soup made with chicken broth, eggs, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and Italian parsley. I have added farfalle pasta (butterfly) and peas to make the soup a bit more substantial. In place of the farfalle, you could use a different pasta such as, cocciolette (small shells) or orzo […]

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Panettone Bread Pudding

Tweet Just the mere thought of panettone, the slightly-sweet, Milanese Christmas bread, conjures up the aromas of citrus, vanilla and candied fruit. This holiday bread is traditionally made using a “mother dough” (similar to sourdough). The centuries-old process allows the dough to rise naturally over the course of several days, giving this rich-tasting treat its […]

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Farro Risotto

Tweet First cultivated in 9000 BC, emmer wheat, called farro in Italian, was the standard ration of the Roman legions. High in fiber, low in gluten (not gluten-free), this ancient food contains more protein than most grains and has a delicious, nutty flavor and chewy texture. I use it in soups, stews, salads and in […]

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Sfinci di San Giuseppe

Tweet Saint Joseph (San Giuseppe) is not only the patron saint of Sicily, he is also the patron saint of pastry cooks. The Feast of San Giuseppe (March 19th) is celebrated all throughout Sicily and in New Orleans, Louisiana. Of course, as is with all holidays, there is a whole lot of eating with family […]

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Pasta con le Sarde

Tweet Of all the delicious dishes (dolci excluded) I have enjoyed in Sicily, my most memorable meal is Pasta con le Sarde. My mother and I were vacationing in Italy. This was the first trip to the “old” country for both of us and we were making the journey together. What you should know about […]

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