Tag Archives: Sicilian Italian Cuisine
Octopus and Potato Salad

Octopus and Potato Salad

While visiting my daughters in the Washington, D.C. area, I made a trip to the local seafood market.  Really fresh seafood is hard to come by in the mountains of North Carolina, where my husband and I spend our summers.  I was instantly intoxicated by the variety of fish and crustaceans exhibited, including the octopus.  […]

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Rustic Almond Cookies

Rustic Almond Cookies

Biscotti means cookie in Italian.  It is a generic term.  I often hear people saying that they made biscotti or they ate biscotti.  They leave me guessing as to what kind of cookie it is.  I have to ask what flavor is it – almond, chocolate, or vanilla?  One common characteristic of “biscotti” is that many of […]

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Maria's Sicilian Style Breaded Fried Chicken

Maria’s Sicilian Style Breaded Fried Chicken

What could be better than having fried chicken for a summer time picnic or get together?  Leftovers are also great the next day, if not better.  This southern Italian fried chicken is about as southern as it got in our family growing up.  Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one. This is my mother Maria’s fried […]

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Baked Pasta with Pork Ragu and Eggplant

Baked Pasta with Pork Ragu and Eggplant

My grandmother Vincenza would make this delicious baked ziti dish for special family occasions.  The ziti is combined with a tomato sauce ragú made with pork, currants, and pine nuts and then layered with slices of fried eggplant.  It’s a great dish you can make ahead of time and heat before serving.  I’m planning a […]

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Artichoke Gratinata

Artichoke Gratinata

I found some baby artichokes at my local supermarket yesterday, most likely the last of the season.  I was hoping to also find some fresh fava beans and peas to make a frittedda – a Sicilian mélange of artichokes, favas, and peas.  No luck on the favas and peas so I decided to make the […]

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Lady Fingers:  Savoiardi

Lady Fingers: Savoiardi

Lady fingers can be a little tricky to make but this recipe for Sicilian lady fingers is super easy.  You don’t have to worry about folding in egg whites and having them come out flat because you didn’t do something right along the way.  These cookies take no more than 20 minutes to throw together.  […]

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Spinach Arancini:  Arancini agli Spinaci

Spinach Arancini: Arancini agli Spinaci

Arancini are stuffed rice balls.  They are a popular street food in Sicily.  The most traditional fillings are tomato ragù and cheese with ham.  I heard about how popular Arancini Bros. have become in my home town of New York.  They have a huge array of fillings and flavors.  They have taken the art of arancini […]

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Potatoes Pizzaiola:  Patate alla Pizzaiola

Potatoes Pizzaiola: Patate alla Pizzaiola

Who doesn’t love fried potatoes?  Pizzaiola means pizza style, or in this case Sicilian style pizza.  This dish is made with fried potatoes which are layered, smothered in marinara sauce topped with oregano and grated cheese, and then the whole concoction is baked.  It’s kind of like a potato lasagna.  Just in case you’re wondering where […]

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Grape Molasses:  Vino Cotto

Grape Molasses: Vino Cotto

Vino cotto means cooked wine in Italian. Vino cotto or vincotto, as it is called in other parts of Italy, is traditionally made using grape must – grape juice that has been pressed with the skins and seeds, the first stage in wine making.  In Sicily, vino cotto is a popular sweetener made by reducing […]

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Roasted Rosemary Chicken

Roasted Rosemary Chicken with White Wine

This recipe is one of my Aunt Sarah’s favorite dishes to serve for Sunday suppers.  It’s a simple recipe and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand.  It’s a good way to use up a bottle of leftover white wine.  The recipe requires browning the vegetables before roasting them alongside the chicken.  Browning the vegetables […]

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