Tag Archives: Italian Side Dishes
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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Stuffed Pork Loin

Stuffed Pork Loin Roast

Neither my husband nor I like turkey.  I think it was standard protocol, back in the day, that a turkey had to be cooked for hours until it was bone dry.  Nearly everyone I know cooked it this way.  A couple of decades later, and we now know that turkey doesn’t have to be cooked […]

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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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Baked Sausage Mostaccioli

Most of the recipes I post are from my Sicilian friends and family.  Today I’m making one exception, my friend Jim McNeal’s recipe for baked mostaccioli.  Jim was so excited when he heard that I started this blog – he immediately offered his recipe to me.  It was such an honor that I couldn’t pass […]

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