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Pistachio Pesto

Pistachio Pesto

The word pesto comes from the Italian verb pestare which means to pound or crush.  I heartily recommend making pesto using a mortar and pestle rather than using a food processor or blender.  By pounding herbs or garlic with a mortar and pestle, you release more of the essential oils.  Their flavors will be more […]

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Grape Molasses:  Vino Cotto

Grape Molasses: Vino Cotto

Vino cotto means cooked wine in Italian. Vino cotto or vincotto, as it is called in other parts of Italy, is traditionally made using grape must – grape juice that has been pressed with the skins and seeds, the first stage in wine making.  In Sicily, vino cotto is a popular sweetener made by reducing […]

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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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Easy Basic Tomato Sauce

This recipe for tomato sauce is quick and easy, all you need is canned tomatoes, onions, olive oil, and basil.  Success in making a really good tomato sauce depends a good deal on the variety of canned tomatoes that you buy.  Some tomatoes are canned with way too much citric acid used as a preservative, […]

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Sicilian Style Meat Sauce: Raú Siciliana

Here is recipe for a great basic meat sauce that is used in making lasagna or manicotti, or you can serve it over any cooked pasta you desire.  It is similar to a Bolognese sauce except the Sicilian version has peas in it.  That’s right, peas. It may seem unorthodox – I once had a […]

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