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Cassata Buche de Noel

Cassata Buche de Noel

This is a different twist of the classic Sicilian cassata cake.  Cassata is a ricotta filled sponge cake that is typically wrapped in marzipan and has an icing glaze.  I usually skip the marzipan because it’s way too sweet for my liking.  This festive buche de Noel (aka Swiss roll) cassata is frosted with a […]

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Cardoon

Fried Breaded Cardoon

While grocery shopping the other day I was fortunate to come across some cardoons (carduna in the Sicilian dialect, cardi or cardone in Italian), which is a rare occurrence since there isn’t a significant Italian population where I live.  The cardoon is a valued vegetable not only to the Italians and French but also to […]

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PepperRolls

Roasted Bell Pepper Rolls: Involtini di Peperoni

These roasted peppers rolls make a stunning presentation for a holiday appetizer or as a side dish.  You can use roasted peppers in a jar that come from the supermarket to make these pepper rolls.  However, jarred roasted peppers have a slightly bitter aftertaste which comes from the citric acid that’s used as a preservative.  […]

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Stuffed Turkey Roll:  Rotolo di Tacchino

Stuffed Turkey Roll: Rotolo di Tacchino

Making a stuffed turkey breast roll is a good way of celebrating the holidays without having to make a whole turkey and the eating leftovers for a week.  Some of us can only handle eating turkey for two days max.  Constructing a turkey breast roll is not as difficult as you might think.  It’s relatively […]

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Pumpkin Ricotta Mousse:  Mousse di Zucca e Ricotta

Pumpkin Ricotta Mousse: Mousse di Zucca e Ricotta

Our friends, who are on a ketogenetic diet, were the inspiration for this recipe.  Plus, the fact that I had some gorgeous pumpkins sitting on my front steps that were just too good to throw out.  Those friends of ours – it can be a challenge coming up with a dessert to serve them – […]

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Potato and Ragu Cake:  Gatto di Patate e Ragu

Potato and Ragu Cake: Gatto di Patate e Ragu

When the weather starts getting a little cooler I go into comfort food mode.  Gattò di Patate is a one-dish meal that fits that bill.  Gattò like the French gateau means cake in Italian.  It’s another dish in Sicilian cuisine that is born from the influence of the French monzu chefs, while under Bourbon rule.  […]

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Sicilian Vegetable Stew:  Canazzu

Sicilian Vegetable Stew: Canazzu

Canazzu, or canazzo, is a flavorful mélange of stewed vegetables consisting mainly of eggplant, much like caponata.  This rustic Mediterranean dish is similar to the southern Italian ciambotta, the French ratatouille, and the Spanish pisto.  The word canazzu means ugly dog and the name implies a dish that is thrown together quickly and looks rather […]

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Fried Pizza Dough Panini Sandwiches

Fried Pizza Dough Panini Sandwiches

Whenever my mother had leftover pizza dough she would make pasta fritta (fried dough).  The thinly rolled out pieces of the dough would puff up as they fried in olive oil.  The fried breads where fragrantly yeasty, soft on the inside, and lightly crisp on the outside.  She would sprinkle them with powdered sugar.  But […]

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Baked Ziti al Forno with Meat Sauce

Baked Ziti al Forno with Meat Sauce

Making baked ziti is like making manicotti or lasagna, only much easier to prepare.  It is the perfect one-dish meal to make for a family dinner served with a salad and some crusty Italian bread.  These days it’s just me and my hubby, so I don’t make it as much as I would like because […]

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The Ultimate Profiteroles - Cream Puffs

The Ultimate Profiteroles – Cream Puffs

Profiteroles are French or Italian cream puffs made using pasta choux dough (pàte à choux in French).  They are also referred to as bignès.  Catherine di Medici is attributed with their introduction into Italian cuisine.  Everyone loves cream puffs but most people think they are hard to make.  They are actually very easy providing you […]

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