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Vegetable Panini

Tweet When it comes to making panini, (Italian for sandwiches), it begins and ends with the bread! I prefer using Ciabatta, an Italian rustic looking bread that is available in loaves and rolls. It is different from other breads because it is made from a lean yeast dough, meaning that there is no fat present […]

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Marinated Baby Artichokes

Tweet Native to the western and central Mediterranean, the artichoke is a domesticated variety of the wild cardoon. Cardone, in Italian, is a thistle and looks like large stocks of celery. My grandmother used to coat them in breadcrumbs and fry them. They were amazing. Unlike an artichoke, you eat the stems not the flower […]

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Double Cauliflower with Chard and Onions

Tweet Inexpensive and readily available, cauliflower is a nutritional powerhouse. It is high in vitamins C and K, potassium, manganese, folate, fiber and cancer-preventing glucosinolates. If you are (currently) not a fan of this cruciferous vegetable, perhaps it is because it wasn’t cooked properly. I say cooked because as much as I enjoy cauliflower, there […]

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Polpettine Di Cavolfiore

Tweet Cauliflower mixed with cheese and egg, shaped into balls and then rolled in breadcrumbs and fried, are a delicious choice for a first course or vegetarian entree. The traditional cheese in this Sicilian recipe, Caciocavallo, which means “cheese on horseback” gets its name from the manner in which the cheese is always tied together […]

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Zuppa di Broccoli

Tweet This soup has a mere three ingredients … and that’s counting the water! My grandmother made broccoli soup the same way she made macaroni and cauliflower soup. I love the cauliflower version but, for some reason, I never really liked the soup made with broccoli, until I poured the cooked broccoli (with the water […]

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Burrata & Tomatoes

Tweet Burrata is a cream filled mozzarella sack. Invented in Puglia, Italy, as a way to use the scraps of curds left over after twisting balls of  mozzarella. The scraps are pulled into shreds then mixed with cream and then wrapped with a thin skin of mozzarella. This simple salad of luscious burrata and tomatoes […]

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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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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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Potato & Onion Frittata

Tweet Growing up, I remember my mother making a frittata of potatoes and onions. It was never served for breakfast or a fancy brunch, rather it was our evening meal. This dish along with bell peppers and eggs (another “meatless” meal), appeared often during Lent. A frittata is always a good answer anytime the question […]

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Lemon-Roasted Asparagus & Ravioli

Lemon-Roasted Asparagus & Ravioli

Tweet Spring is the season for asparagus. Crops are harvested from late February to the end of May, with April being the height of the season. This is a simple recipe that is perfect for a light spring meal. The asparagus is roasted in lemon and olive oil, tossed with your favorite cheese ravioli and […]

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