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Recipe of the Month February: Cannellini Bean Salad with Rosemary Focaccia Croutons

Buon giorno! I often tout the qualities of beans in my posts. I also like to mention the importance of beans in Italian cooking. The simplicity of ingredients in Italian cooking makes it the perfect cuisine for beans to shine. In fact, I can’t even imagine Italian cuisine without frequent use of them. Often you’ll see them front and center as the main course rather than as a side … Read More...

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Tagliatelle Della Duchessa

Buon giorno! In my next life, I want to come back as an Italian “duchessa”. They seem to have all the fun. They have dishes named for them that are rich and memorable. TAGLIATELLE DELLA DUCHESSA from the region of Emilia-Romagna is one of them. There are too many of these “duchessas” to list, but one of note, Maria Luigia d’Austria, the duchess of Parma and Piacenza is said to have … Read More...

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Decadent Dark Chocolate Semifreddo with Pistachio Bark

Buon giorno! Hearts and masks share the stage this week with Carnevale and Valentine’s Day occupying the same space on the calendar. DECADENT DARK CHOCOLATE SEMIFREDDO WITH PISTACHIO BARK serves both of these events rather well with its rich dramatic presentation. I can almost hear the comments Semi-what? Freddo? Fredo? No, not THAT FREDO!! Disclaimer: this amazing dessert has nothing … Read More...

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Gnocchetti with Shrimp Sauce

Celebrate Carnevale! Buon giorno! Carnevale begins in Italy and with it come the hearty luscious and tastefully extravagant dishes everyone loves at this time of year – lasagna, gnocchi, tortellini etc. The heavier the better is expected during this time of revelry and otherwise throwing all caution to the wind especially regarding food. Along with the masks and costumes come the … Read More...

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Green Beans with Tomatoes and Poached Egg

Buon giorno! Sometimes the simplest and most wholesome of meals can be the very best. Italian cuisine is known for its simplicity but also for the importance it attaches to ingredients. With Lent, on its way, ingredients become even more important, as we look for meals that are hearty but light and that appeal to our senses with color, aroma, and, of course, taste. GREEN BEANS WITH … Read More...

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Chicken Soup with Escarole and Little Meatballs

Italian Wedding Soup? Really? Buon giorno! So often in Italian cooking, you’ll find a dish with many different names. This is true of Italian Chicken Soup. In our house, it was called simply CHICKEN SOUP WITH ESCAROLE AND LITTLE MEATBALLS nothing fancy – just plain old chicken soup which came to life with the addition of some greens and little meatballs and may as well have been … Read More...

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Braised Lamb Shanks with Chianti

Lamb Shanks in the Slow Cooker - Buon giorno! Italians are known for their amazing lamb dishes. It was no stranger at our Italian table when I was growing up. My mother and father prepared lamb for the family in so many ways – the whole baby lamb or leg at Easter, on skewers marinated, and in braised stews. The lamb shank is an easy and most delicious way to serve lamb and is not … Read More...

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January: Porchetta

Buon giorno! New Year’s Day is one for treading softly and speaking in muted tones in deference to those who might not be able to process shouting from the rooftops after a night of too much.. well.. everything. Since I am not the type of celebrator who needs coddling on this day – I may get a little, shall we say, enthusiastic in tone here , so you may want to protect your tender … Read More...

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Eggplant and Sweet Pepper Crostini

Christmas Crostini Buon giorno! Look no further for an easy and beautiful Christmas appetizer with all the colors of the season. EGGPLANT AND SWEET PEPPER CROSTINI is the perfect choice. Watch them fly off the dish! Everyone loves these. They offer a little sweet and spicy tang to your cocktail fare and will pair well with cocktails of all types and wine, wine, and more … Read More...

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Orecchiette with Baby Shrimp and Prosecco Sauce

Buon giorno! We hear so much, as Italians, about the famous Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. We could recite so many of those traditional dishes: Stuffed Calamari, Baccala Salad and Soup, Smelts, Eel, Octopus, Codfish Balls, Clams Oreganata, Clam Sauce etc. The list is endless. Some of you less familiar might be a little unsure about trying some of those dishes. Today we … Read More...