Archive | September, 2015

Sicilian Chocolate Spice Cookies: Tetú

Tetú are Sicilian chocolate spice cookies.  These cookies are outrageously dense with chocolate, spice and orange scented mouthfuls.  Depending on what part of Sicily you’re from, they are topped with either a chocolate, lemon, or vanilla glaze.  Tetú cookies are incredibly easy to make.  This is my mother Maria’s recipe.  Mom would use Nestlé’s Choco […]

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Romano Beans with Pancetta, Tomato, and Garlic

                      If you’ve never had Romano beans before, I can only say that you’ve been missing out.  Romano beans are also known as pole beans, runner beans, or snap beans.  Romano beans are similar to green beans, except they are more broad and flat and […]

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Sicilian Veal Rolls (Braciole)

Sicilian Veal Rolls (Braciole) in Tomato Sauce

This dish reminds me of Sunday dinners at Nonna’s house, when she would have a large pot of tomato sauce simmering on the stove with meatballs and braciole, or brucioli as we say in the Sicilian dialect.  Braciole are thin slices of meat that are stuffed, rolled, and cooked in a tomato sauce.  These little […]

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Marinated Eggplant: Melanzane Sott’olio

Sott’olio is a term that means preserved in olive oil.  Eggplant, artichokes, zucchini, cauliflower, and bell peppers can be made this way.  There are two methods for making melanzane sott’olio.  The traditional Sicilian method is to use raw eggplant.  In the alternative method the eggplant is cooked.  It’s really a simple process.  In this recipe […]

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