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Sicilian Baked Green Beans in Tomato Sauce

Sicilian Baked Green Beans in Tomato Sauce

Sicilians really love their vegies.  I grew up eating a load of vegetables.  My friends often wonder how I stay thin because I’m constantly cooking.  The answer is – I only eat a little of what I’m making if it’s high in calories and either freeze or give away the rest.  For the most part, […]

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Sicilian Lemon Herb Potato Salad

Potato salad in my family was made with either lemon juice or vinegar and olive oil.  This easy recipe for lemon-herb potato salad is my favorite.  It’s simply dressed with olive oil and lemon juice and seasoned with parsley and scallions.  Serve with grilled chicken or beef. SICILIAN LEMON-HERB POTATO SALAD Insalata di Patate cú […]

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Pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma is the simplest of pasta dishes.  It starts with pasta and a basic tomato sauce that is topped with fried eggplant and grated Ricotta Salata cheese.  The tomato sauce is what really makes this dish – use the best quality canned tomatoes.  My preference is the San Marzano variety which tend to be less […]

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Eggplant Parmesan

Who doesn’t love Eggplant Parmesan – layers of fried, breaded eggplant smothered in a rich tomato sauce with oregano and cheese and then baked until the mozzarella is melted and oozing!  Eggplant Parmesan, is an old Sicilian dish.  The dish, although commonly called Eggplant Parmesan, actually has nothing to do with the City of Parma […]

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Sicilian Potato Croquettes with Pancetta – Cazzilli

Cazzili are Sicilian potato croquettes.  It is a popular street food in Palermo, where the dish originated.  The name of the dish – cazzilli – refers to a masculine body part they resemble.  I’ll leave it up your imagination to guess which that is.  I’ve got to keep it clean here!  One thing’s for certain, […]

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Whiskey Mushrooms

Whisky might seem like an odd ingredient to add to dishes, but my grandmother used it in a few of her recipes.  She used it in her pastries, cookies and roasted chicken.  I like to substitute ice water with a few tablespoons of whiskey in my pie crust recipes.  It makes the dough more flaky […]

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Baked Breaded Asparagus

Some vegetables just taste better when they are breaded and deep-fried – like eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, artichokes, and asparagus.  Rarely do I make anything that requires deep-frying because I hate the clean-up afterwards.  This breaded asparagus recipe takes all the fuss out of having to fry.  The oven does the work for you and the […]

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Romano Beans with Pancetta, Tomato, and Garlic

                      If you’ve never had Romano beans before, I can only say that you’ve been missing out.  Romano beans are also known as pole beans, runner beans, or snap beans.  Romano beans are similar to green beans, except they are more broad and flat and […]

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Roasted Onion Salad:  Insalata di Cipudda Arrustuta

Roasted Onion Salad: Insalata di Cipudda Arrustuta

Rarely do we think of onions as a suitable vegetable dish.  Most of us just use them to add flavoring to the foods we’re cooking.  The simple onion, when roasted, makes an interesting and surprising side dish.  Roasting the onions makes them sweet and mild.  You can also add almost any fresh herb of your […]

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Sicilian Style Stuffed Bell Peppers: Pipareddi Ripieni

It was a real treat for my sister and me when our mother made stuffed bell peppers.  As children, we were not fond of eating meat, but these peppers—filled with a savory rice and meat stuffing and topped with tomato sauce—made us forget that there was actually meat in the dish.  I’ve since overcome my […]

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