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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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Mocha Torta

Buon giorno! In Italy, sweets are often enjoyed at breakfast with espresso. Here’s one that will be a favorite no matter what time of day you decide to serve it. MOCHA TORTA (MOCHA CAKE) is both coffee (espresso) and dessert in one. As with many Italian “dolci “ this delicious cake is not overly sweet and is made with ground almonds instead of all flour. It is a luscious combination … Read More...

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Focaccia with Blueberries

Buon giorno! THIS IS NOT A DESSERT! You will undoubtedly get very excited when you see the blueberries and think – Oh Boy, something akin to pie! NOT!! This FOCACCIA WITH BLUEBERRIES is indeed a type of bread which can be served successfully with salad, grilled meats and fish etc. This focaccia offers a savory use for the beautiful seasonal blueberries we all enjoy. Yes, there is a … Read More...

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Trout with Lemon and Capers

Trota - Italian Style! Buon giorno! Trout? Italy? Really? You betcha! Trout or trota is found, fished, and eaten in several areas of Italy – Piemonte, Umbria, Tuscany, Lake Garda, and even Sardinia for starters! Those of you growing up in Italian homes and who also had fathers who lived for fishing, as I did,  will remember the lovely tender trout  - rainbow, brook, brown, and … Read More...

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Steak With Red Pepper Sauce

Bistecca! Buon giorno! Steak or bistecca ,as the Italians call it, can be a rather routine pleasure…UNLESS it is complimented by something special which pairs so divinely with it as to make it pop with flavor. Fire up the coals!! STEAK WITH RED PEPPER SAUCE is just one of those dishes that perfectly illustrates this. Not only does the sauce “dress” the meat in a way that is lovely … 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...