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Cauliflower Fritters

My mom was a working mother so she didn’t have a lot of time to prepare dinners during the week.  These were always a hit whenever she made them, especially at Thanksgiving.  I say why eat turkey when the sides are so much tastier– skip the turkey please! These batter dipped cauliflower fritters with grated cheese are easy and […]

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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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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 Sweet and Sour Zucchini

Sicilian Sweet and Sour Zucchini: Zucchini Agrodulce

Agrodulce means sweet and sour.  Zucchini Agrodulce is zucchini sautéed in olive oil with onions, mint, and a sweet and sour sauce.  Sometimes garlic is also added but I prefer not to use garlic. Vinegar, an essential ingredient in the Sicilian kitchen, is used to flavor many dishes.  Although it may seem that adding vinegar […]

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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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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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Fava Beans with Garlic and Mint

Fava beans, also known as broad beans, are a popular food in Italian cuisine.  I rarely see fava beans in my neck of the woods, so I was pleasantly surprised to see them at my local supermarket.  I jumped at the opportunity to buy them thinking of all the wonderful fava bean recipes I could […]

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Sicilian Sautéed Swiss Chard: Giri alla Siciliana

This morning I woke up to some glorious sunshine, so I set out for our local farmers market and lucked out finding some beautiful Swiss chard.  I know it’s silly, but I get excited when I see vegetables at their finest.  My father Pino grows the most exquisite chard I have ever seen.  Funny thing […]

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Sicilian Cauliflower Salad: Insalata di Brocculu (Cavolfiore)

Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables.  It’s easy to prepare and just about goes with anything you make. This is a simple cauliflower recipe that my mother use to make as a side dish.  Lemon, garlic, and parsley add zest to the otherwise bland cauliflower.  Serve it with steak, grilled or roasted chicken, or pan […]

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Sicilian Stuffed Artichokes

Sicilian Stuffed Artichokes: Carcocciuli alla Siciliana

Stuffed artichokes were the featured dish for summer family cookouts.  My mom would lightly stuff each artichoke with parsley, spring onions, and thin garlic slivers.  She would drizzle olive oil on top and wrap each one in a double thickness of foil.  The artichokes were then carefully nestled in charcoal or wood embers and cooked […]

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