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Recipe of the Month December: Zuppa di Pesce

Buon giorno! Buona festa a tutti! It’s that time of year when Italians turn their attention to things “fishy”. Why? It’s that Christmas Eve thing – you know – choosing the dishes for the great night before Christmas dinner, known as “The Feast of the Seven Fishes”. It’s funny though – that it is different in every household with some serving the 7 dishes – some serving more than seven … 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...

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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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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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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...