Archive | October, 2016

Pasta alla Puttanesca

Puttana, or buttana in Sicilian, means a slut or whore.  The name of this pasta dish, “alla Puttanesca,” translates as pasta in the style of a whore.  Although this dish was not originally called Pasta alla Puttanesca in Sicily, it is now universally recognized by this name.  The exact origin of the dish is not […]

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Spinach, Ricotta, and Sausage Impanata

Spinach, Ricotta, and Sausage Imapanata

                      This rustic pie is made with pizza dough and filled with spinach, sausage, and ricotta cheese.  It’s similar to a calzone or stromboli. Sicilians also call it a scacciata which means squashed or flattened because of its shape.  I rated this recipe as difficult […]

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Pizza Style Hamburgers - Hamburgers alla Pizzaiolo

Pizza Style Hamburgers – Hamburgers alla Pizzaiolo

Most children are finicky eaters and my sister and I were no exception.  I remember many nights, of what seemed like torture, where our parents would try to coerce us to eat.  This dish is really my mother’s invention that came out of shear desperation because she couldn’t get us to eat meat.  We called […]

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Cauliflower Fritters

My mom was a working mother so she didn’t have a lot of time to prepare dinners during the week.  These were always a hit whenever she made them, especially at Thanksgiving.  I say why eat turkey when the sides are so much tastier– skip the turkey please! These batter dipped cauliflower fritters with grated cheese are easy and […]

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