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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: 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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Roasted Onion, Green Bean, and Potato Salad: Insalata di Cippuda, Fasolini, é Patati

It’s Sunday, and I decided I wanted to make a roast chicken today, one of my favorite comfort foods to prepare on such a cold blustery day.  I’m also feeling a bit lazy.  It’s really easy to prepare – you just season the bird and let the oven do the rest of the cooking.  Can’t […]

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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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Cucuzza Gialla Agro Dolce: Sweet and Sour Pumpkin

Fall is in the air and the trees here are turning beautiful shades of gold and red.  While driving through the countryside this weekend I noticed the pumpkins being sold by the local  farmers.  It made me think about featuring my mother’s fantastic recipe for sweet and sour pumpkin (cucuzza) for my next blog post, just in […]

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Sicilian Style Grilled Eggplant

This dish goes well with grilled steak or chicken. You can also substitute zucchini for the eggplant. I like to eat the grilled eggplant in a sandwich, between a crusty bread roll with thin slices of melted mozzarella cheese on top.   SICILIAN STYLE GRILLED EGGPLANT 2 Globe eggplants (approximately 1pound each) Salt 2 cloves […]

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