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Recipe of the Month November: Chicken Scarpariello

Buon giorno! Chicken what??? Say it with me slowwwly – CHICKEN SCARPARIELLO. You know that saying “it tastes like chicken”? Well, this is a chicken dish that does NOT taste like chicken. Instead, it is an explosion of several different flavors happening all at once. It is one of those really splendid taste experiences where you are not sure what to comment on first. It may not taste … Read More...

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Cranberry Almond Cake

Buon giorno! Almonds, almond flavor, and almond paste have long been a fixture among Italian dessert preparations. It is hard to find a list or assembly of Italian desserts that do not have a couple of “dolci” among them, made from almonds or carry the almond scent and flavor. Those familiar with the famous desserts from Little Italy in New York City can attest to the almond cakes and … Read More...

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Brussel Sprouts with Candied Pecans and Oranges

Buon giorno! Before you go down the Thanksgiving rabbit hole – give this one a look! Don’t like Brussel Sprouts?? Chances are you are not roasting them which gives them such deep flavor without tasting ..well.. “cabbagy”. Another thing you are perhaps not doing is preparing them this way – BRUSSEL SPROUTS WITH CANDIED PECANS AND ORANGES. The flavor impact with this dish packs a … Read More...

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Potato Gratin with Gorgonzola and Apples

Buon giorno! In Northern Italy, vegetables and fruits are often mixed together in a baked form – sometimes a pie. The combination is of course less sweet and can be more of a side dish. In Abruzzo, also, you will find potato pie created by layering potatoes and cheese. The French, of course, “gratin” everything!  POTATO GRATIN WITH GORGONZOLA AND APPLES  is a sort of variation of … Read More...

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Orange and Ginger Vegetables

Buon giorno! Most people assume “giardiniera” when they think of Italian pickled vegetables. Of course, they would be right! This would be the traditional style of Italian pickled veggies – in the jar, lots of vinegar, cauliflower and a little “heat”. ORANGE AND GINGER VEGETABLES are much different – no canning, no jar, no intense vinegar that makes your nose itch. Obviously, this … Read More...

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October: Risotto With Seafood Sauce

Buon giorno! There is nothing better than an Italian Seafood Sauce well prepared. It has so many uses – risotto, pasta etc. Today’s RISOTTO WITH SEAFOOD SAUCE is a great representation of the Italian Seafood Sauce at its very best – prepared with fresh clams, shrimp, and crab. Often you will see this sauce as “alla scoglio” which means of the rocks or in the style of the rocks. … Read More...

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Marsala Cream Sauce

Buon giorno! You all may be familiar with the well known Veal Marsala or Chicken Marsala. The sauce for these dishes is basically a reduced Marsala with butter, stock and mushrooms. Let’s look at a similar sauce with cream added – MARSALA CREAM SAUCE. It requires just a few different ingredients but remains a simple sauce. The beauty of this one is that it can be used over pasta, … Read More...

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Pasta Cacio e Pepe

Buon giorno! Cacio e Pepe – cheese and pepper – what more do you need?? Not much I say to make the easy, rustic, and traditional PASTA CACIO E PEPE – Pasta with Cheese and Pepper which is one of the signature pasta dishes of the Lazio region where Rome is located. So what’s the big deal – cheese and pepper? Believe it or not – the combination is really quite wonderful when prepared … Read More...

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Pasta Salad Alla Norma

Buon giorno! One of the classic Sicilian pasta dishes is the famous Pasta Alla Norma. There are many variations of this dish mainly consisting of eggplant, tomatoes, and Ricotta Salata Cheese along with some hot pepper flakes.  It is a personal favorite of mine which made me curious about how it might be if one were to serve it as a pasta salad at room temperature with a few … Read More...

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September: Meatballs

Don’t Mess With the Meatballs! Buon giorno! So I am finally getting around to the simplest example of Italian cooking -  MEATBALLS. I like to call them the “Scarlet Pimpernell” of Italian cuisine – you remember: “ they seek him here, they seek him there… that damned elusive Pimpernell”. Meatballs are pretty much everywhere, but are rather elusive as it's hard to find a really good … Read More...