Month: July 2013

Poached Pears with Raspberry Sauce

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  Baskets of bright, fresh sweet raspberries from “Bountiful Baskets,” (a grassroots, all volunteer, food Co-op that distributes produce baskets at a substantial savings) led to more than a few…

Peaches in Wine

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  Simple and to the point, this dessert exemplifies the type of dish that many Italians choose to end the evening meal. What could be better than a juicy fresh peach…

Italian Gazpacho

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  Gazpacho, the tomato-based, cold soup that is world famous, has many variations. Originating in the southern Spanish region of Andalucia, gazpacho is a refreshing summer soup. I call it…

Rosemary-Roasted Grapes

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  I’m certain you have probably roasted a chicken, cuts of beef and various vegetables, but have you ever roasted fruit? Roasting fruit intensifies its natural sweetness and is a…

Zabaglione con Ciliegie Brinate

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  From tiny villages to large cities, Italy is a country of festivals! Religious, worshiping saints, (and there are many) civic, celebrating the city’s good fortune and sagre, (country festivals)…

Gelo di Melone

  The Feast of Santa Rosalia, patron saint of Palermo, Sicily, takes place in mid-July. This annual festival is held to honor the “little saint” (La Santuzza) for saving the…

Macerated Oranges

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  In Italy, every dinner does not conclude with a heavy dessert, in fact, dessert is rarely served at all. Unlike typical American dinners that end with a slice of…

Balsamic Berries

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  Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale, the richly flavored, slightly sweet, vinegar, from Modena, Italy, in the Emilia-Romania region, has been enjoyed by Italians for centuries. Balsamic vinegar, a versatile condiment, is…

Apple & Radicchio Slaw

  Radicchio, that round, red vegetable, (you’ve seen in the produce aisle, not quite sure what it is or what to do with) resembling cabbage, is actually part of the…

Budino di Ricotta

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  Luscious and creamy, this cold pudding (budino) is so delicious that you won’t be able to put down your spoon. This dessert requires no cooking and takes only minutes…

Melone e Mozzarella

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  Tuscan melons are a type of cantaloupe … the best type! Originating in Italy, this fruit with the sweet aroma, will seduce your senses, the moment you slice into…

Fresh Ricotta & Strawberry Bruschetta

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  Another batch of homemade ricotta, a basket of fresh-picked strawberries and the taste of summer is just a bite away! My mid-morning pick-me-up, all I need is a cappuccino and…
Marsala-Poached Pears

Marsala-Poached Pears

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  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…
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