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Recipe of the Month August: Zucchini Agrodolce

Buon giorno! So you planted zucchini in your garden this year and now you are up to your eyeballs in green squash! Your family is tired of zucchini  - what to do? Solution: find a new and more interesting way to cook it! Italians love their zucchini - also called courgettes, and every Italian garden has it. This recipe may not be entirely new, as it is an old preparation coming from … Read More...

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Orecchiette with Crema di Ceci

Chickpea Sauce! Buon giorno! Today we travel to the region of Apulia or Puglia – the “heel of the boot” of Italy, geographically speaking. Well, which is it – Apulia or Puglia? Actually both are correct – the Latin form of Apulia and the contemporary name of Puglia. So you choose! While we visit, we will sample what some might call its signature pasta – Orecchiette or “little … Read More...

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July: Amalfi Clams

Simply the Best Clams Ever! Buon giorno! Did I just say the best clams EVER??? I did and I do! You will want these AMALFI CLAMS on your summer menus. Whether you offer them as a first course, appetizer, or main event, prepare yourself for the raves! In fact I highly recommend making twice a much as you planned. These are just that wonderful. This is truly a dish to remember. The … Read More...

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June: Flatbread with Zucchini Flowers

Buon giorno! I simply love flatbread! It is useful in so many ways – as a bread with dinner, as an appetizer or snack. This FLATBREAD WITH ZUCCHINI FLOWERS  is lovely to serve and really delicious. It offers another use for the beautiful Zucchini Flowers or Squash Blossoms that are in abundance right now as our zucchini plants are developing in the garden. There is nothing that makes … Read More...

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Loretta’s Sausage Roll

Buon giorno! Saturday night was always pizza night at the Calabrisi’s in our little kitchen in Binghamton, NY. The expectation was comforting. We knew some form of pizza was coming, but were never sure exactly what my mother, Loretta, had in mind. On some of these pizza nights, we had a special kind of pizza in the form of a roll – LORETTA’S SAUSAGE ROLL! She always used my father’s … Read More...

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Sicilian Couscous Salad

Buon giorno! Couscous – Italian?? Really? Yes and yes! In Sicily, it is called Cuscusu. This SICILIAN COUSCOUS SALAD  is certainly something you may find in Sicily. You will definitely find it on the Northern coast in Trapani where they often serve it with assorted fish. How does this happen? In my cooking classes, we talk quite a bit about the influences of history and conquerors of … Read More...

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May: Bucatini with Sicilian Tuna Sauce

  Bucatini al Tonno e Capperi Buon giorno! Sicily is known for so many dishes and several can make the claim of “ signature dish”. BUCATINI WITH SICILIAN TUNA SAUCE or “Bucatini al Tonna e Capperi” is one of them. Many who came from Sicilian kitchens will remember this Tuna Sauce made from canned tuna. CANNED? Yes – the authentic dish is prepared with canned tuna packed in … Read More...

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Orzo with Campari Tomatoes

Buon giorno! Sometimes the simplest things just hit the mark. ORZO WITH CAMPARI TOMATOES is one of those simple sides that is great with everything. It is appropriate with so many meat and fish meals, is attractive on your table, and never gets old. Is it just plain old pasta with tomatoes? NO! Orzo is a lovely “rice like” pasta without the graininess. It cooks quickly and holds its … Read More...

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Chicken Agrodolce With Pappardelle

A Rabbit That Clucks - Buon giorno! Trick question: when is a rabbit not a rabbit – but.. a chicken? It is when you enjoy the delectable CHICKEN AGRODOLCE WITH PAPPARDELLE. A signature dish of some regions of Italy - coniglio all'agrodolce - is made with rabbit and prepared in several different ways. The rabbit hops a path to tables in Piemonte in the North, the hills of … Read More...

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Braised Radicchio

Redicchio Brasato Buon giorno! Northern Italians have their favorite veggies, and Radicchio is one of them. They grill it and serve it in salads. They also use it frequently in polenta dishes and in their risottos. BRAISED RADICCHIO or Redicchio Bresato  is a Northern Italian preparation featuring this beautiful ruby vegetable, on its own, with some classic Northern ingredients. It … Read More...