8 December, 2016

Leave The Gun, Take the Cannoli

Leave The Gun, Take the Cannoli
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If you’re not a fan of the Godfather movies you may not recognize the phrase “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” It is a classic! Clemenza’s wife wanted cannoli and asks him to bring some home. So no matter what his day at work looked like, even killing or beating up people, he’d better not
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5 December, 2016

Peppers & Onions – A Favorite Italian Side Dish

Peppers & Onions – A Favorite Italian Side Dish
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Holiday parties are filling our calendars at this time of year and potlucks are a common menu for many. You may have had this dictate the food to share: if  your last name begins with A-J bring a main dish, K-R bring a vegetable, S-Z bring a dessert. While I’m fine with bringing any assigned food dishes,
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4 December, 2016

Ricotta, Gnocchi & Vodka Sauce, Oh My!

Ricotta, Gnocchi & Vodka Sauce, Oh My!
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Gnocchi is one of those Italian dishes that some people have a hesitation to try. Or they have tried it and decided they just don’t like it. While most restaurants do a decent job of preparing gnocchi, there are tastier versions you can make that may change your mind about this delightful pillowy pasta. The most common
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3 December, 2016

Pizzelles For Sharing At Holiday Time

Pizzelles For Sharing At Holiday Time
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  Pizzelles are the oldest known cookie from the mid-section of Italy.  They were made many years ago for the “Festival of the Snakes” also known as the “Feast Day of San Domenico” in the Italian region of Abruzzo.  The legend is that after the snakes were chased out of the Ortona village, everyone celebrated with
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1 December, 2016

Lazy Day Lasagna

Lazy Day Lasagna
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After October 31st it seems like the holidays and celebrations fill the calendar. It’s a fast ride from here to the New Year.  The holidays bring out family and cultural traditions. During holiday dinners Italians and Italian Americans usually serve a pasta dish before serving the main course. People were preparing food for days. When I was growing
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28 November, 2016

Marsala Chicken aka Chicken Cooked in Wine – Oh Yah!

Marsala Chicken aka Chicken Cooked in Wine – Oh Yah!
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Chicken marsala is an Italian-American dish made with chicken, mushrooms, and Marsala wine. It dates back to the 19th century, where it most likely originated from western Sicily, where Marsala wine is produced. It is believed to be a variation of traditional Italian scaloppini dishes.  There are numerous variations of Chicken Marsala recipes. This is not the
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19 November, 2016

Pasta For Breakfast? Sure!

Pasta For Breakfast? Sure!
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Italians like to make sure nothing goes to waste in the fridge.  When it comes to cooking, we use ingredients in different and non-traditional ways at times. Take, for instance, pasta for breakfast. Growing up I didn’t think anything of it, after all, my uncle owned and operated a pasta factory. When his son was
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14 November, 2016

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
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A recipe for success on a cold rainy day in Oregon: meatballs! And who knew there was a movie by the name of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. The movie is about a scientist who is thought of as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky, meatballs
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13 November, 2016

Stuff it! Ever Tried Stuffed Shells? Divine!

Stuff it! Ever Tried Stuffed Shells? Divine!
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It was time to make fresh ricotta and I hadn’t really planned how I was going to use it. My husband told me to “stuff it”, and I assumed he meant stuffed pasta. He could have meant something else entirely, but thought I’d go with stuffed pasta for the sake of our marriage.  What some of you
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30 October, 2016

Homemade Italian Sausage

Homemade Italian Sausage
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I have been watching Pasquale Sciarappa Italian cooking videos lately. When I found myself watching Pasquale hour after hour, I realized I’m addicted. And since I have at least another month of inactivity due to back injury, I may need to find a recovery group. 🙂  My hubby pried me away from the YouTube long
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20 October, 2016

Stuffed Pasta

Stuffed Pasta
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I had some fresh ricotta leftover after making the Zeppole the other day, and it was National Pasta Day on the 17th of October (thought I’d mention it just in case you missed it), so decided to use the ricotta to stuff into rigatoni type pasta for dinner. Here’s a quick dinner recipe for you!  

19 October, 2016

Ricotta puffs aka Zeppole

Ricotta puffs aka Zeppole
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I was motived to make this recipe for several reasons. One, I had milk and cream that needed to be used and I hadn’t made ricotta yet this week. Two, my husband has been asking me to make him doughnut holes. And three, I saw this recipe by The Cottage Market blog and just had
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