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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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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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Italian Sausage with Potatoes, Onions, and Peppers

Italian Sausage with Potatoes, Peppers, and Onions

Here is a much easier way of making the traditional Italian sausage, peppers, and onions without having to fry them in a skillet.  You just throw everything together and cook it in the oven.  The potatoes make a wonderful addition.  Baking everything in the oven on a large baking sheet allows you to make a […]

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Grilled Ribeye Steaks with Mint Ammogghiu Sauce

Ammogghiu is a Sicilian pesto-like sauce used as a grilling sauce, marinade, dipping sauce, and pasta sauce.  Garlic, olive oil, herbs, tomatoes, lemon, capers, and nuts are some common ingredients that go into the makings of this simple sauce.  Ammogghiu sauces are made using certain ingredients depending on the meat or dish being served.  If […]

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Sicilian Marinated Grilled Steak: Carne Arrustuta

The Sicilian name for this dish is Carne Arrustuta, which simply means roasted meat.  In the Italian language the dish is called Bistecca alla Griglia, or grilled steak. Whenever I have guests over for dinner, I try to plan a menu that involves dishes that are easy to make or can be prepared ahead of […]

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Easy Homemade Italian Sausage (Sasizza/Salsiccia)

My family loves Italian sausage and we especially like to have fresh homemade sausage to celebrate the New Year.  It’s difficult to find good quality sausage where I live, so I usually have to make it myself.  If you’ve ever made sausage, it’s very time consuming and requires more than one pair of hands.   The […]

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Spiedini: Grilled, Stuffed Meat Rolls

Welcome to my first post! In our family this dish is called “Spitini” but the Italian term for them is “Involtini”, which are thin slices of meat which are filled and then rolled. If I haven’t confused you enough, sometimes they are also called “Spiedini,” referring to meat cooked on a skewer. In Sicily, they […]

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