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Recipe of the Month 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...

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Pasta Al Pesto Trapanese

Trapanese Sauce Buon giorno! As pesto goes – this is my all time favorite. The Sicilians have a lock on this one in any “Best Of Pesto” challenge, in my view. PASTA AL PESTO TRAPANESE is not only a delicious pesto sauce – it is one of the most delicious Italian sauces I have had. One of the wonders of this sauce is that it is made FRESH – all in the blender. Yes – that’s right – … Read More...

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July: Mac and Cheese Italian Style

Buon giorno! OK – Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t. Usually the opposite is the case – can’t get enough of it – want it every day – can’t resist it when it is served. This one will get the attention of the all who love the cheesy oozy comforting goodness of this classic dish. Only this time – we’re giving it that Italian “edge” with MAC … Read More...

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Roasted Beet and Walnut Salad

Buon giorno! When I was little, I hated beets – the very thought of beets. How times change! Sometimes growing up is a good thing – a very good thing! This is one of those times. Beets are now a big favorite for me – especially golden or yellow beets, and the only way to prepare them in my view is to roast them. Because of the caramelizing that takes place during roasting – the beets … Read More...

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Roasted Vegetable and Tortellini Salad

Buon giorno! Roasted and toasted this beautiful ROASTED VEGETABLE AND TORTELLINI SALAD is my favorite among pasta salads. The flavor in this one far surpasses any others that I have had. Why? The roasting of the vegetables and the use of the marinade in dressing the salad itself are the keys to the kingdom on this one. Instead, of dressing the salad with a fresh mixture of … Read More...

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Caramel Stracciatella Gelato

Gelato at its best! Buon giorno! When does gelato reach the max?—When it takes a traditional recipe to a level that might just be indescribable. That is how I feel about CARAMEL STRACCIATELLA GELATO. This gelato belongs among the ranks of the finest in flavor and creamiest in consistency. It is just – well – the MAX! Stracciatella? When I was growing up in our Italian kitchen in … Read More...

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June: Cocoa Ribs

Buon giorno! Growing up in my Italian family, ribs were not part of the summer grilling repertoire. Spare ribs were reserved for making sauce and flavoring soups, beans, or minestra. After living in the South for more years than I lived as a “Yankee, ribs have crept into our barbeques over time – but not without a little Italian influence here and there from some special ingredients. We … Read More...

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Mango Salad with Goat Cheese Souffle

Buon giorno! Summer and patio season just make me think – fresh fresh fresh. Heavy foods and sauces make way for  lighter foods and with the farmers’ markets in high gear, the freshest farm to table ingredients are in abundant supply. Light does not mean, however, that we have to sacrifice flavor and good eating. MANGO SALAD WITH GOAT CHEESE SOUFFLE  is full of the fresh ingredients we … Read More...

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Honey Gelato

Buon giorno! I love this time of year because, I can indulge my fondness for gelato – my favorite dessert. In my mind it fills the bill as “food of the gods” and certainly one of the wonders of the kitchen. Actually, I think it should be a classified as a food group. If gelato is the “food of the gods” then  HONEY GELATO should be the nectar. This gelato is so simple  - so … Read More...