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Recipe of the Month April: Pizza Rustica

Pizzagaina or Easter Pie   Buon giorno! Now if that doesn’t get your attention – you might want to check your pulse! One of the most traditional Italian dishes of the Easter season is PIZZA RUSTICA. This wonder of the Italian kitchen is also known as Pizzagaina or Easter Pie. No matter what you call it, this delicious layered delight is fabulous. Eat it for brunch, lunch, … Read More...

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Ligurian Lemon Cake

Buon giorno! I am always more excited to post something that is a personal favorite. This is one of those recipes. LIGURIAN LEMON CAKE makes me happy on so many levels. It is a cake I always enjoy serving especially in spring and summer. The lemony flavor seems to suit these seasons more – and of course the raspberries are in season. Another reason this cake makes my heart beat a … Read More...

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Pasta Con Cipolle

Buon giorno! Pasta with onions – so what’s the big deal? Onions – who likes onions? Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard it all. For the non-believers, you are really missing something. For those who want to come along for the ride – you are in for a major treat and a winning dish. PASTA CON CIPOLLE  or Pasta With Onions is one of the most flavorful and enjoyable pasta dishes I know. Trust me on … Read More...

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Scaloppine With Artichoke Hearts

Buon giorno! I once had a friend whose parameters for doing anything were as follows: “easy, cheap, and close by”. SCALOPPINE WITH ARTICHOKE HEARTS is a dish that would meet all of his criteria. It is easy to make, not expensive if you use chicken, and everything required is obtainable at your neighborhood market. What’s not to love here? The easy:  The making of this dish can be … Read More...

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Chianti Short Ribs Hash

Buon giorno! Everyone loves the ever popular hash and eggs. Well, here is an Italian twist on that popular brunch or lunch dish that so many of us crave – CHIANTI SHORT RIBS HASH! I am an old "hash slinger" from way back, and I can’t begin to describe how good this is. You absolutely MUST try it! This dish is amazingly flavorful on its own or with the obligatory egg on top. Either … Read More...

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March: Ricotta Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Sauce

Cousin Bebe’s Ricotta Gnocchi-    Buon giorno! I have this Cousin Bebe, who is an amazing mother, wife, and friend. She also cooks like a dream and is into hunting for the very best ingredients. You can already tell that we are sympatico in the ingredients department. Although – I must admit that she would walk farther for good baking chocolate than I would! Mostly, I love her … Read More...

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Braised Chicken Ligurian Style

Buon giorno! I love to braise! It is an easy technique that is difficult to mess up and produces a slow cooked meat with a usually rich sauce. The Ligurians in their northwestern region of Italy are known for an easy preparation of chicken which is braised. You’ll find recipes for this prep that run the gamut of differences. This is the way I like to make my BRAISED CHICKEN LIGURIAN … Read More...

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Sausage and Lentil Stew

  Buon giorno! When the winter wind blows, we all look for heartier dishes that will help to warm us up. We used to call them “stick to your ribs” foods! SAUSAGE AND LENTIL STEW is one of those recipes that will warm you inside and out. Italians love their lentils (lenticchie), and it is obvious that sausage is an important ingredient to them as well. When you put them together, the … Read More...

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Baci di Dama

Lady Kisses Buon giorno! To me, you can’t go wrong when a recipe results in just the right balance of crunch and goo! This is one of those. BACI DI DAMA  (Lady Kisses)  are the most amazing little bundles of cookie joy coming from the Northern Italian region of Piemonte. First, you bite into the crispy crunch of the cookie and then you reach the gooey center -  So much fun to eat. … Read More...

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February: Dark Chocolate Torta Caprese Style

Torta Caprese Al Cioccolato- Buon giorno! One of the interesting facts about Italian regional cooking is that there are different names for the same or similar dish as you move from region to region. The recipes may vary slightly, but they are essentially the same. An example of this is the simple Chocolate Torte. The one we look at here is the Neapolitan version of this torte – … Read More...