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Satisfy your inner Italian…..grab a seat at the table as we share our favorite recipes, foods and musings about all food Italian!

Braise, Baby, Braise! Vinegar Braised Chicken with Pancetta and Onions

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Food, Main Courses, Recipes | 0 comments

Braise, Baby, Braise!  Vinegar Braised Chicken with Pancetta and Onions

When a chill fills the air, few meals up the comfort factor more than a succulent, warming braise…that fork-tender cut of meat bathing in some sort of aromatic bath of stock, or perhaps wine and plenty of aromatic, fresh herbs. These easy dishes may appear to be a lot of work but with just a few key things to remember, braises are as simple as they come. An added bonus is the beautiful aroma that wafts from your stove filling your home with lip smacking goodness. Given it is that season for resolutions, one of my personal goals is to practice...

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Caramelized and braised fennel

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in Food, Recipes, Vegetables, Side Dishes | 0 comments

Caramelized and braised fennel

Fennel is probably my favorite vegetable. Every time I eat it, I am reminded of Italy. Fennel seeds and more recently pollen show up in all kinds of Italian receipes. And fennel is found up in numerous liqueurs including Strega. Cooking up a batch of fennel on a weeknight could not be easier. Here’s one approach that develops deep rich flavors and then finishes with a gentle braise. This recipe serves 2 people as a side dish. Ingredients and Directions: 1 fennel bulb cut into 8 or 12 wedges depending on the size. Cut through the root so...

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Pasta alla Norcina

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Food, Pasta, Risotto, Breads, Recipes, Regions of Italy, Umbria | 0 comments

Pasta alla Norcina

When we visited Umbria this fall, I expected the region to be a mere stepchild to Tuscany and its cosmopolitan, touristy vibe. Instead, we found a truly distinctive part of Italy, with its own unique character—and a place that includes mountains, national parks, river plains and hilltop towns. Umbria is the only region in Italy that neither borders another country nor has a coastline. As a result, the land alone and its diversity very heavily influence the cuisine. You’ll find truffles and lentils in the mountains, wheat and farro on the...

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Simply Soul Satisfying Soups for Fall

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Food, Recipes, Soups, Stews | 0 comments

Simply Soul Satisfying Soups for Fall

The simplest of meals can feed the soul. With the Thanksgiving holiday (and all its excesses) behind us, it is the simple soups of fall that I crave. A simple meaty mushroom soup or perhaps s simple pot of leftover stock with greens and eggs stirred throughout – nothing fussy yet satisfying to my very soul. These recipes will require a bit of preparation in the kitchen but nothing excessive – a bit of time washing and chopping and rolling; a bit of quiet kitchen time after the storm of the recent holiday and in advance of the onslaught of...

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Crostata di marmellata (Jam-filled crostata)

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Dolci, Food, Le Marche, Recipes | 0 comments

Crostata di marmellata (Jam-filled crostata)

  Why haven’t I made this before??? Every time I’ve been to Italy, I’ve enjoyed a crostata filled with jam as part of a classic Italian breakfast. Crostata is served right alongside delicious meats, cheeses and a caffé latte in the morning. On our last trip to Italy, we stayed at a stunning agriturismo in Marche, Tenuta San Marcello. Each morning, a lovely woman named Sylvia would make a different fresh jam crostata. As we enjoyed the crostata and other breakfast items from the area, Sylvia would patiently suffer...

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A Confession and Sultry Simmering Sicilian Eggplant

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Food, Islands of Italy, Main Courses, Our 'Regione' Series, Recipes, Regions of Italy, Sicilia, Sicily, Vegetables, Side Dishes | 0 comments

A Confession and Sultry Simmering Sicilian Eggplant

I have another confession. Forget shoes. I am addicted to cookbooks. And if I must point fingers, I lay the blame solely on the doorstep of Amazon Prime. That damn ‘Buy with 1-click’ button. How my eyes twinkle knowing that my new treasures will arrive promptly in 2 days. Just as I hope to escape with perhaps only 1 new cookbook, their dastardly ‘Inspired by Your Browsing History’ section sucks me in with the thought of exciting new recipes or food photography at which to marvel…all to be ordered with the click of one very little button from...

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Finding Our Roots in Le Marche: ‘Passatelli Asciutti’ with Sausage and Tomatoes

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Food, Holidays, Le Marche, Pasta, Risotto, Breads, Recipes, Regions of Italy | 2 comments

Finding Our Roots in Le Marche: ‘Passatelli Asciutti’ with Sausage and Tomatoes

Growing up, my brother and I often helped our mother make a holiday staple – ‘passatelli in brodo’ – a recipe she learned from my father’s Marchigiano family. A few times a year, the big, white passatelli pot would emerge from the cabinet. We were always eager to stand on a chair and help force the dough through the ancient meat grinder she used to form them. I now own that pot and meat grinder. Although more modern tools could more easily do the trick, I just can’t part with these icons from my childhood that never fail to bring back a flood...

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Yup, Another Kale Recipe: Sautéed Kale and Cannellini Beans with Shaved Parmigiano

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Food, Vegetables, Side Dishes | 0 comments

Yup, Another Kale Recipe: Sautéed Kale and Cannellini Beans with Shaved Parmigiano

I know, I know – we are all sick of hearing about kale.  We all know how good the leafy, obnoxiously healthy green is for us. And you are probably reaching for the delete button right about now – but wait, hear me out.  Last night, I desperately needed a quiet mellow evening – a night to catch up on, well, er – blogging along with a chance to start sketching out the big Thanksgiving Day menu.  My comfy couch was beckoning from the living room. My boyfriend was out of town. My first thought -oooooh, I can give that...

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Eat Your Beets! Roasted Beets and Carrots with Gorgonzola and Beet Vinaigrette

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Food, Recipes, Vegetables, Side Dishes | 2 comments

Eat Your Beets! Roasted Beets and Carrots with Gorgonzola and Beet Vinaigrette

Many of us grew up being forced by our well meaning parents to eat certain vegetables.  For me, this form of parental torture was evident whenever my Mom served her dark red, slippery beets. (sorry Mom!).  In the lowly beet’s defense, it packs one heck of a nutritional punch – potassium, magnesium, fiber, iron, vitamin A, B and C. And the health benefits continue – cleanses the liver, boosts your mental health, gives you energy. The ancient Romans even used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. (Oh, those Romans are so cute.)...

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Got Tomatoes?? Fabrizia Lanza’s Beautiful Salsa Pronta

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Food, Our 'Regione' Series, Recipes, Sicilia, Vegetables, Side Dishes | 0 comments

Got Tomatoes?? Fabrizia Lanza’s Beautiful Salsa Pronta

How I love the sight of fresh picked tomatoes from my garden. It tickles me to no end to think that I grew these little treasures – absolutely one of life’s simple pleasures for me. It warms my soul through and through thinking of all the generations before me, whether in America or Italy, that tended to their gardens as I do now and how they also must have spent their hot August days surrounded in a sea of tomatoes. Ok – so I got a bit carried away again this year with the tomato plants in the garden. But I have an excuse – I just can’t kill...

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