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Sicilian Grilled Swordfish

Sicilian Grilled Swordfish

        When it’s way too hot to cook, I prefer to grill outside.  It’s 94 degrees F today and my house feels more like a tropical swamp.  I decided to run to the store and pick up some fish to grill.  Making grilled fish is both easy and quick.  This zesty garlic and […]

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Grilled Swordfish Rolls – Involtini di Pesce Spada

Involtini di Pesce Spada are swordfish rolls.  Involtini (rolls) are made using meat, poultry, fish, eggplant, and just about anything you can think of to fill and roll up.  These traditional Sicilian swordfish rolls are made of grilled thin swordfish slices stuffed with seasoned breadcrumbs, currants, and pine nuts.  They are simple to make and […]

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Baked Stuffed Clams

Baked Stuffed Clams

These herb-seasoned breadcrumb stuffed clams are irresistible. They make great appetizers for parties or large gatherings. I serve them for our traditional seafood dinner on Christmas Eve. BAKED STUFFED CLAMS (Vongole Ripiene al Forno) Difficulty Rating: Moderate Makes 16 clams. 1 1/2 dozen large littleneck clams 1/4 cup olive oil 1/3 cup finely minced onion […]

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Linguine with Crab Sauce

There are times when I get tired of eating meat and really crave a good dish of pasta.  This is one of my favorite pasta dishes to make.  This savory crab sauce is made with tomatoes, red wine, garlic, parsley, rosemary, and oregano.  This is really a simple dish to make but if you go […]

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Stuffed Calamari

Italians love calamari (squid) and there are so many ways to prepare them – in salads, pasta sauces, grilled, fried, or baked and stuffed.  As a child I remember its only value was its use as fish bait.  Although fried calamari are great, I’m glad to see that other calamari dishes have grown in popularity. […]

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Fish Soup: Brodo di Pisci

This is my mother Maria’s signature dish.  I couldn’t post this recipe without mentioning her.  My kids loved this soup and couldn’t wait for her to visit so that she could make it. My dad was an avid saltwater fisherman and at times she would make this dish using Sea Robins (Gunard), considered a trash fish […]

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Insalata di Purpu (Polpo): Octopus Salad

Sicilians are fond of seafood and no wonder being an island people.  The most important food source was seafood.  That has changed in recent years as meat became more available.  Many families have the custom of celebrating Christmas Eve with the “seven fishes” dinner.  A feast of seven or more seafood dishes is prepared to grace […]

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Grilled Sardines

I came across this old photo of my father, Pino, grilling sardines at our family’s beach house while vacationing in Sicily one summer.  I could almost smell the fire and taste the saltiness of the fish, so I decided this would be a wonderful tradition to share with you.  The Ferragosto is a national Italian […]

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