Category Archives: Italian

Polenta with Sauteed Kale

This is a great side dish to go with grilled or roasted meats, or as a vegetarian main. It tastes even better the second day!  If you prefer creamy polenta you can serve it hot out of the pan.  If … Continue reading

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Easy Focaccia

When I say easy, I mean easy.  I do not mean quick.  Focaccia from start to finish will take most of, or all of a day to make.  Making it takes just a few simple steps, but there is wait … Continue reading

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Scallops, Clams, and Shrimp with Vermouth and Orange Broth

This is a wonderful dish to serve for a special occasion or romantic evening when you want to spend some time together in the kitchen.  It’s the kind of recipe that makes you feel fancy and accomplished in the kitchen, … Continue reading

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Negroni Spritz

Italians are the best at cocktail hour. In Italy if you sit down for a cocktail in a bar they will bring you a delicious assortment of bar snacks at no charge. Apertivi, the drinks you might have before dinner … Continue reading

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Saltimbocca Come Fanno gli Americani

SO FANCY! Not really. But translating things into Italian makes it sound piu sofisticato, right?  Saltimbocca is a traditional Roman dish- the word Saltimbocca means “Jumps in the mouth” -because it’s so tasty. Traditionally it’s made with veal, sage, and … Continue reading

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Creamy Vegan Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

My list of vegan recipes is slowly growing longer! This dish is based on a favorite of my husband’s from one of our trips to Sicily. Nuts of all kinds are used in Sicilian cooking, and the basil pesto that … Continue reading

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Cauliflower Mushroom Gratin

A gratin is a dish that is baked with a breadcrumb topping. This deliciousness could be a vegan main dish or a side dish with pasta to round out the meal.  I use Earth Balance as a butter substitute whenever … Continue reading

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Rice Salad with Roasted Grapes

Rice salad is an old idea, but for some reason it’s taken me a long time to embrace it.  I’m so glad I have!  It’s the perfect side dish to go with pretty much any entrée. The premise: toss cooked … Continue reading

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Instant Pot Secret-Veggie-Packed Turkey Bolognese

My family loves pasta.  My youngest son doesn’t like “things” in the sauce.  By “things” I mean all the flavorful additions that a good tomato sauce needs, like onions, garlic, carrots, celery, and herbs.  He doesn’t want bits of onions … Continue reading

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Sicilian Almond Cookies

Anything almond flavored is nostalgic for me.  The smell of almond extract transports me back to my childhood summer visits to Sicily.  Once, when visiting my Nonna’s house in Siracusa, my dad arrived with a platter of bakery-bought almond cookies.  … Continue reading

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