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Potato and Ragu Cake:  Gatto di Patate e Ragu

Potato and Ragu Cake: Gatto di Patate e Ragu

When the weather starts getting a little cooler I go into comfort food mode.  Gattò di Patate is a one-dish meal that fits that bill.  Gattò like the French gateau means cake in Italian.  It’s another dish in Sicilian cuisine that is born from the influence of the French monzu chefs, while under Bourbon rule.  […]

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Sicilian Stuffed Beef Roll:  Farsumagru

Sicilian Stuffed Beef Roll: Farsumagru

Farsumagru or falsomagro is a large stuffed meat roll cooked in a tomato based sauce or in a broth with white wine.  It is also called bruciuluni – a larger version of bruciola (braciola).  Farsumagu can be made with beef or veal.  It is usually stuffed with seasoned bread crumbs, pine nuts, currants, and thin slices […]

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Sausage, Potatoes, and Red Pepper in Tomato Sauce

Sausage, Potatoes, and Red Pepper in Tomato Sauce

Sicily is an island abundant in tomatoes.  Sometimes it appears that Sicilians cook just about everything in tomato sauce.  That bodes well for a tomato lover like me.  I could live off fresh garden tomatoes.  Why eat boring food like plain fried Italian sausages, when you can make it into a special dish worthy of […]

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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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Rabbit alla Portoghese

Rabbit alla Portoghese

Rabbit is frequently eaten in Europe.  Unfortunately, it is not as popular in the US.  Domestically raised rabbit meat is lean and tastes very much like chicken in my opinion.  I’m lucky enough to have a butcher that carries it at a reasonable price.  It’s also available from a local farmer who specializes in selling […]

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Italian Meatballs and Tomato Sauce:  Ragu

Italian Meatballs with Tomato Sauce: Ragu

While vacationing at Niagara Falls one summer, my parents went to an Italian restaurant and witnessed a fastidious diner eating a dish of spaghetti with a fork in one hand and a pair of scissors in the other.  As he placed a forkful of pasta to his mouth, he proceeded to cut it with the […]

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Tomato Mint Sauce

The holy trinity of herbs in the Sicilian kitchen is basil, oregano, and mint.  Those three herbs were always on hand in our small garden growing up in New York City.  Having fresh herbs readily available is a great convenience.  Most of the time I’m successful in growing them in my garden.  But this year, the mint […]

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Stuffed Meatloaf

This delectable Sicilian style meatloaf is stuffed with mozzarella cheese, ham, and hardboiled egg and then covered with tomato sauce.  You can skip out on the hardboiled egg if you like but it wouldn’t be considered a proper Sicilian meatloaf without it.  It is my variation of my grandmother’s recipe.  If you’re like me – […]

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Lamb Stew

The holidays are over with and if you’re like me, you’re tired of eating beef, pork, turkey, and seafood.  Eating pasta is definitely out of the question because it would only add to the recent weight gain put on by the holiday binge-eating.  Yes, I was a naughty girl and also helped myself to one-too-many […]

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Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic Herb Sauce

Pork chops require little preparation but they benefit greatly when marinated in a simple brining solution before grilling.  Brining beforehand makes the meat more tender and juicy but it isn’t necessary.  I dare say that most of us know how easy it is to overcook pork until it is as tasteless as a cardboard box […]

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