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Recipe of the Month 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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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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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...

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Pork Tenderloin with Peach Composta

Buon giorno! Anyone familiar with the Italian culture of cooking or has grown up, as I have, in an Italian home, knows how Italians value pork. More than any other meat, this is always mentioned in Italian cookbooks and the old traditional recipes. Italians just love their pork! A couple of piggies from my father’s hometown – Casale, Italy! It seems fitting to talk about using up … Read More...

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Soft Shell Crabs Italian Style

Mangia le moleche! Buon giorno! Sometimes being “crabby” is a good thing! It’s that time again! Yes, it’s that special time of year, from late spring and through the summer months, in the US when crabs shed their hard shells like the ones you see in the photo above. The soft shell crabs are soft enough to eat WHOLE! Ahhhh—When their season arrives, I can’t wait to see them in the … Read More...

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August: Pesto Potatoes

Buon giorno! They say that in the coastal areas of the region of Liguria, the aroma of pesto permeates the air. This is not the same pesto that you see in the jars at your grocer – far from it! Many who say they do not care for it, have only this rather pathetic version in the jar from which to draw reference. Instead, this is the real thing, made from fresh picked herbs, fresh garlic, … Read More...

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Lemon Mascarpone Cream

Buon giorno! This one is good anytime, but I especially like it in the warmer months when I look for a sweet that is not heavy.  LEMON MASCARPONE CREAM is a light and fluffy dessert that ends a meal without having everyone fall asleep afterward. Every time I serve it, especially in the summer, it's a hit. It is also a rather versatile sweet that you can use in so many ways. You … Read More...