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MeringueCookies

Almond, Orange, and Cinnamon Meringue Topped Cookies

These unusual buttery shortbread cookies are a family favorite.  I have never come across a similar recipe.  What makes them unusual is that they are topped with a thin layer of meringue, rather than having a meringue base.  Then sprinkled with almonds, orange zest, and cinnamon. A delicious flavor combination. Almond, Orange, and Cinnamon Meringue […]

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Orzo

Orzo with Mushrooms

Although this recipe is not traditional Italian cuisine; this family favorite is a quick pasta dish that I created and wanted to share with you.  It has a deep, earthy mushroom flavor that I like, and it is easy to prepare.  Best of all it can be prepared in 30 minutes or less.  Serve as […]

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VealStew

Veal Marsala Stew with Mushrooms and Peas

This dish is a different take of the classic Veal Marsala.  Veal Marsala uses thin slices of veal that are pan fried and cooked briefly in a Marsala sauce. It must be served immediately because the sauce congeals quickly.  It is difficult to make for a large crowd.  This recipe uses chunks of veal simmered […]

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PearTartw

Marsala Poached Pear Tart

Tarts and pies are basically the same creature in a different form.  The pie is humble in nature while the tart is its elegant counterpart.  Think blueberry tart as opposed to a blueberry pie. The tart is what I would go for!  A large tart will feed more people than a pie will, so it’s […]

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PastaSquidw

Casarecce with Squid and Shrimp

There are many Italian Americans traditionally celebrate Christmas Eve with the Feast of Seven Fishes. Cooking seven seafood dishes can be an onerous task, especially if one person is responsible for cooking the entire meal. In my opinion, seven courses for dinner is a crazy amount of food. So, over the years I have paired […]

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Pina’s Sicilian Rice Dressing

My cousin Pina, who lives in Detroit, shared this holiday recipe for rice dressing that can be used as a stuffing or a side dish.  It goes well with poultry and pork.  Pina’s Rice Dressing Difficulty Rating: EasyMakes 8 servings. Ingredients:1 1/2 cups rice cooked in 3 cups chicken stock2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut […]

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BTortelloniw

Butternut Tortelloni with Browned Butter Sauce

Fall has finally arrived and that’s when I get excited about cooking with seasonal ingredients.  Butternut squash is one of my favorite choices to cook with.  I especially love butternut squash ravioli but, I don’t really like making them unless I have an army of helpers.  In my opinion, tortelloni are easier to make than […]

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AlmondCookiesw

Sicilian Almond Cookies with Cherries

These intense almond flavored cookies are slightly crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.  They are very easy to make and only require five ingredients. 

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ChickpeaSoup

Easy Chickpea Soup

This is a simple recipe that my mother makes frequently.  It requires only a few ingredients, but it’s surprisingly tasty.  It is best served with crusty Italian bread.  Easy Chickpea Soup Difficulty Rating: EasyMakes 4 servings. Ingredients: 1 pound dried chickpeas (garbanzo) beans½ teaspoon baking soda3 stalks of celery, chopped1 small onion, diced2 bay leaves1 […]

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QuincePaste

Quince Paste – Cotognata

My daughter Amanda had given me these beautiful antique Sicilian ceramic molds she had purchased.  I immediately fell in love with the designs on them.  They have been used since medieval times to make quince paste, considered a luxury food at that time because only the rich that could afford sugar.  Most quince paste (membrillo […]

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