2 October, 2018

Take Five Minutes (Cinqui Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Minutes (Cinqui Minuti) For Five Favorites
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Take Five this month brings laughable moments, somewhat sad news, and a few interesting tidbits in-between.  Florence, Italy Banning Street Food.  L’Atalo-Americano shared this news which made me sad. I love Florence and never miss a visit to the city when we are in Italy. Over the years we have formed special relationships with some
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18 September, 2018

Top Secret Pasta Sauce – If I Tell You, I Might Have To K… You

Top Secret Pasta Sauce – If I Tell You, I Might Have To K… You
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Sunday is sauce day in a typical Italian family’s house. My grandmother followed that tradition for many years. It was expected that we had Sunday dinner with pasta and freshly made sauce. You didn’t want to mess with Italian tradition or my grandmother.  The family sauce recipe is closely guarded amongst Italians. Most will not
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4 September, 2018

Take Five Minutes (Cinqui Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Minutes (Cinqui Minuti) For Five Favorites
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September signals the beginning of Fall, school resuming after summer, and harvests emptying gardens of summer vegetables. Change is in the air and can effect many areas of our lives. Are you ready for the transition?  The five favorites for September include a fun video from Dr. Oz and Pasquale Sciarappa on the healthy aspects
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7 August, 2018

Goodness Gracious Great Balls Of Zucchini

Goodness Gracious Great Balls Of Zucchini
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Jerry Lee Lewis’ signature song of “Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire” was playing in the background. What a song to get you pumped up and motivated. Since I was going to be cooking zucchini AGAIN, I needed some motivation! I had 13 zucchini in the fridge, neighbors and friends were avoiding me when I
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3 August, 2018

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites
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This month’s five favorites start with a great memory I wanted to share while we were in Italy last September. We ran into Phil Rosenthal, the writer and producer of the “Everybody Loves Raymond Show,” star of “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having,” and also “Somebody Feed Phil.” He happened to be filming a segment for
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10 July, 2018

Green Bean and Potato Salad – Italian Style

Green Bean and Potato Salad – Italian Style
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Summer season is salad season in our house. Salads just taste better in summer. You can’t get ingredients fresher than picking off the vine in a backyard garden or picking them up at a local farmer’s market. Even the vegetables in the local grocery stores seem to carry fresher veggies this time of year.  When
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18 May, 2018

Sicilian Caponata Marries Pasta

Sicilian Caponata Marries Pasta
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One of my favorite things to do is to take cooking classes. Shocker I know. What I love about taking a class is learning new cooking techniques or ingredient combinations or secrets from other chefs that make them successful in presenting a meal, or, or, or….  So when I was in Sicily a few years
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11 May, 2018

It’s All About The “Garlic” Alfredo Sauce – Try It, You’ll Like It

It’s All About The “Garlic” Alfredo Sauce – Try It, You’ll Like It
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Alfredo sauce has intimidated cooks for years. In the Southern regions of Italy where my family originates, it is not used much because they tend to use the tomato based sauces. The white sauces are typically used more in the Northern regions of Italy. So Alfredo sauce was not something that was cooked in our
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20 April, 2018

Love Hungarian Style… Converted To Italian Style Goulash

Love Hungarian Style… Converted To Italian Style Goulash
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Do you have a favorite “go-to” meal that you just have to have when you are not feeling well? Soups have such a calming and nurturing effect. Chicken soup is a popular favorite for many people. How about good old Campbell’s tomato soup? That is also on the list of top soups for the sick. 
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17 April, 2018

Bake Someone Happy – Momma Anna’s Biscotti

Bake Someone Happy – Momma Anna’s Biscotti
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When we were in Italy last Fall, we visited Manduria, where Anna lives. She is Antimo Cimino’s mother and the sweetest lady on the planet. She works hard every day cooking and baking for her husband and family. This visit she taught me how to make her famous biscotti cookies. These cookies are like the
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27 March, 2018

Somewhere Over The Rainbow – You’ll Find Artisan Pasta

Somewhere Over The Rainbow – You’ll Find Artisan Pasta
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When you think of a rainbow, I’m sure you don’t automatically think of rainbow-colored artisan pasta… or do you? If nothing else, this blog might encourage you to break out into the “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” song (either the Judy Garland version or the Isreal “IZ” Kamakawiso’ole version.) I’m privileged to share this fabulous post
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13 March, 2018

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, And Thyme Risotto

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, And Thyme Risotto
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Doesn’t the title of this recipe just make you want to break out into the Simon and Garfunkel Scarborough Fair song? I have to admit I was humming it quite a bit while I was cooking. Well, I did try singing it, but realized I didn’t know most of the words and had to stick
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