pesto trapanese

Pesto is such a versatile sauce and although perfectly suited for pasta, it’s also delicious with meat, vegetables or fish.  For more uses click here.  It also reminds me of summer which is a good thing as this winter seems to be unending and it’s only the middle of February!  But I digress.  Most are…

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tortellini bolognese soup

Do you own a cookbook and if so, what was the first one you bought or were given?  The first one I purchased was the Fannie Farmer back in 1980 before I was married.  My paternal grandmother gave me The Joy of Cooking as a shower gift for my wedding.  Another I cherish is the…

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tonnato sauce

Well hello, 2020!  It’s taken me to the middle of this month to finally post something.  This is my fourteenth year with this food blog and lately, I have been wondering if I should stop.  And then I find a dish that reignites the foodie in me and my love for sharing recipes.  I started…

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Sicilian doughnuts

My paternal grandmother was the queen of doughnuts!  Hers was the precursor to what Canadian’s lovingly call timbits.  The only part of a doughnut my grandfather liked was the hole left behind from the doughnut cutter.  I can’t recall if he felt it was too much to eat a whole doughnut or he just preferred…

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stracciatella - Italian egg drop soup

No muss, no fuss. This soup is one of the easiest you’ll ever make and with minimal ingredients.  What’s more, you can have it ready to serve in less than 15 minutes!  Egg drop soup is a favorite in Rome and in central Italy.  Stracciatella refers to the shredding of the eggs into little rags…

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strangolatreti (bread gnocchi with spinach & Parmesan)

I enjoy reading where things originate and even more, the meaning behind it. If you’ve ever eaten light, puffy pillows of gnocchi, you’ll be surprised to learn (or at least I was) to find out that gnocchi can also be made with stale breadcrumbs. Strangolapreti is a traditional dish in the Trento area of northern…

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prosciutto cabbage frittata - foolproof meal

If you mention the word cabbage to your carnivore friends, the most likely response will come in the form of a scrunched up nose as they take a step backwards.  But, tell them it’s encased in a prosciutto base with Parmesan cheese and suddenly you’re all buddy-buddy with them.  This dish I am about to…

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pizza made with no-knead dough

Flatbreads have been consumed by the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks.  The humble pizza/pie (an expanded version of a flatbread), became popular in the USA in the mid-1900s when the Neapolitans came over for factory jobs.  According to history.com, the first documented pizzeria was Lombardi’s in Manhattan, licensed to sell pizza in 1905 and is…

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Italian American fish stew - cioppino

During the first week in March, Mr. S and I were in San Francisco; he was attending GDC while I was a tourist for 5 days.  I had never been before and was eager to explore as much as possible and I did!  Each day was packed with something new.  We stayed in the Mission…

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grilled radicchio with bagna caudo sauce

Sometimes less is more and in cooking terms it’s spot on.  Simple ingredients can make any dish shine. Bagna càuda is an Italian sauce made with butter, olive oil, garlic and anchovies.  The Italians eat it with fennel, peppers, carrots, cauliflower.  Fresh bread dipped in this sauce is simply scrumptious!  Or, give your taste buds…

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