Category Archives: Italian Recipes

Cooking Italy: Spicy Shrimp and Ten Tips for Eating Healthy Italian

Fast food can be good for you. If you are like millions of Americans who eat fast food a few times a week because of work and crazy schedules, please take note: THIS shrimp IS FAST FOOD. Good food for … Continue reading

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Italian Healthy Baked Chicken Recipe

Tomorrow we fly to Europe for a two week trip to France and Northern Italy. We will be sharing the trip here at Spinach Tiger, and invite you to follow along. We will be spending the first five days in … Continue reading

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Ground Beef Stuffed Bell Peppers

Our table has been host to ground beef stuffed bell peppers three times this summer, and there will most likely be a fourth time soon as bell peppers are awaiting me in the garden. I made a fresh tomato sauce … Continue reading

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Garden Tomato Sauce Recipe with Fresh Basil

Did you know that tomatoes can teach you about life? This is especially true when you decide to make a garden tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes. If you struggle with perfection, the tomato can teach you that the most imperfect … Continue reading

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Squash Blossoms with Yellow Squash and Spaghetti

How adorable is this dish? Squash blossom spaghetti is so very Italian, yet you’re not going to see it on a menu anytime soon. These squash blossoms are accompanied by yellow zucchini that grows in my backyard garden. It seemed … Continue reading

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Panzanella, Ruffled Eggs, Tabasco Maple Vinaigrette

This is Italian meets French. Panzanella is an Italian bread salad, typically rustic, rough and rugged,  while the ruffled egg is French, dainty, cute, like a little purse. I used a French imported brioche to make the bread salad which … Continue reading

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Swordfish Milanese with Eggplant Sauce with Tabasco

This is Dish number 4 of the  five dishes made this week for the Tabasco 10 Ingredient Challenge, which you can read about here. This is a tasty dish, so easy to make, yet so impressive and full of flavor. … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Risotto

Sweet Potato Risotto is one of those dishes that makes sense to me, living in Nashville, as it’s a beloved item here. Although it’s a blending of two starches still works, and sweet potatoes love onions (in this case shallots) … Continue reading

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Anchovy Basil Pesto Sauce with Seared Scallops and Toasted Breadcrumbs

I recently saw a facebook post from a blogger that complained that her readers were asking for fast and easy dishes. A few joined in, and to my surprise, sided with her complaint, saying those people could go buy processed … Continue reading

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Cacio e Pepe – Bucatini with Pecorino Romano Cheese and Black Pepper

Cacio e Pepe is pasta dish with cheese and black pepper. I got inspired to make this when I was interviewing the chef at Moto Cucina Enoteca and they were making a Cacio e Pepe inspired pizza. This is such … Continue reading

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Melted Tuscan Kale Risotto

This is part of my series on Risotto. I made classic risotto, red beet risotto, sweet potato risotto and now I bring you kale risotto, all within one week. Kale is a favorite of mine and yet I hesitated thinking … Continue reading

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Red Beet Risotto with Goat Cheese

Red Beet Risotto made with goat cheese and freshly grated Pecorino Romano is not just another risotto. It’s spectacular in flavor, texture and presentation. In my previous post I gave you a tutorial on risotto, the ins the outs and … Continue reading

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How to Make Perfect Risotto and Three Mistakes to Avoid

There are some classic risotto dishes, such as risotto milanese, made with beef marrow and saffron, but truly, you can get quite creative with risotto. This is why I chose three types of risotto for this month’s creative cooking challenge. … Continue reading

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Ten Minute Buttery Spaghetti with Peas & Bacon

Spaghetti with butter is one childhood’s greatest comfort foods. At least it was for me. This might be that bowl of cereal for someone else. There is just something about the bite of good quality pasta with butter, salt and … Continue reading

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Homemade Italian Beef Stew with Wine, Paleo Friendly, Grain Free

Cold weather drives us to comfort food dishes like homemade Italian beef stew, paleo friendly, grain free. This is what healthy comfort food looks like. It’s NOT diet food. It’s not fat free. It’s not stuck in some frozen wrapper … Continue reading

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Homemade Italian Meatballs, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free

I love meatballs. In fact, I love ground beef. I have a friend who hates ground beef, having grown up with in a family of eleven, where ground beef was served too often. Such a shame, for in our family … Continue reading

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Homemade Italian Spinach Lasagna

If it weren’t for my quest to make spinach lasagna, I may have never started Spinach Tiger. One night six years ago, I googled  the words green lasagna in preparation for a dinner I was planning for Christmas Eve. I … Continue reading

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Penne alla Vodka

Vodka sauce with penne pasta,  known as Penne alla vodka,  is not a centuries old Italian recipe brought over on the boat. We never ate this growing up, and Italians are not typically at the ready with a vodka bottle … Continue reading

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Legends from Europe: Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Toasted Red Quinoa, Parmigiano Reggiano

Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Red Quinoa is a dish one cannot stop eating after the first bite. There is a lot going on with the varying textures from toasted quinoa, smoked almonds and raw Brussels sprouts, but it’s the powerful … Continue reading

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A Year of Cooking Italy with Marcella Hazan

Marcella Hazan, an  International Italian cooking legend,  passed away at the age of 89 on September 29th. Not only much loved by the world, as shown on social media, she truly holds a special place in the hearts of food … Continue reading

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Ground Beef Italian Style with Pancetta, Kale, Sweet Peas

This is an upgraded version of a dish my family eats all the time. I first discovered the amazing combination of two simple ingredients, when put together are magical, at an Italian Club potluck. At first I was put off.Who … Continue reading

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Pan Roasted Chicken with Golden Grape Tomato Agridolce (Sweet and Sour) with Polenta

The Creative Cooking Group came up with an amazing theme this month. Color, but only one color. I thought for weeks about the color yellow. At first I was thrilled with this concept, thinking that it gave us lots of … Continue reading

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Papparadelle with Prosciutto Meatballs, Chunky Tomato Sauce

I didn’t grow up eating papparadelle with prosciutto meatballs. I didn’t grow up eating chunky tomato sauce either. It was always spaghetti or rigatoni, meatballs and a smooth sauce that looked like this. The food rules in our family (unwritten, … Continue reading

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Tuscan Kale Salad, Raisins, Almonds, Pecorino, Lemony Salad Dressing

Tuscan Kale Salad with raisins, almonds, Pecorino, all dressed up in a lemony salad dressing might make one ask what the fuss about kale is all about. Kale is trendy. Kale is healthy. Kale is a super food. Kale is … Continue reading

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Melted Tuscan Kale

Do you like used book stores? I am a double winner when it comes to finding cookbooks at this very cool used book store, BookManBookWoman.in Hillsboro Village in Nashville.  One recent Sunday I took a friend there and we both … Continue reading

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Quick and Easy Minestrone Soup and Cast Iron Dutch Ovens

Quick and Easy Minestrone Soup is for the person who doesn’t want canned soup, but doesn’t have six hours either. This is the minestrone equivalent to this quick version of chicken noodle soup. This may not be minestrone soup that … Continue reading

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Mock Porchetta with Root Vegetables, the Best Roast Pork You’ll Ever Eat

This is premier man food that any sensible meat eating woman would love too. I am not exaggerating. The Italian flavor profile of rosemary, sage, thyme and fennel  is seductive enough to destroy any low fat diet, and paired with … Continue reading

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Roasted Broccolini Wrapped in Prosciutto

Roasted Broccolini wrapped in prosciutto is so tasty that I will confess here and now that when I made these, I ate them all at once. Enough said. But, wait, there’s so much more to know. Broccolini is related to … Continue reading

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Roasted Fettuccine and Broccoli

I have a rule in my house. No fighting in the kitchen. No tantrums or moodiness.  I tell little boys, if you’re going to pull a fit, you have to leave the kitchen. This is our happy space. This is … Continue reading

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My Italian Grandmother’s Basic Homemade Tomato Sauce

I am Italian. I’m picky about my tomato sauces, but probably not in the way you think. I like them understated, balanced, bright and fresh even though I used canned tomatoes. If you need a recipe for fresh garden tomato … Continue reading

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Braised Chicken, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peas

I live in the South, where the weather is 75 one day, 35 the next. Even on the coldest day, we can trek the outdoors. I am surrounded by steep, tree covered hills, some might call small mountains with trails … Continue reading

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Manicotti for Red To Remember

Manicotti is my husband’s favorite red sauce Italian dish. I’m not sure why I only seem to make it once every few years. Part of it might be that it’s so good that I’m afraid I’ll eat the whole pan … Continue reading

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Grilled Cauliflower Steak with Roasted Tomatoes

Happiness to me if finding ways to prepare food in five minutes or less and still eat like a queen.  Grilled cauliflower steak with roasted tomatoes is double happiness. It requires very little prep time, and yields almost zero waste.  … Continue reading

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Kale Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Pecorino Cheese

I had a conversation with a girlfriend recently. She decided to give a man a chance that maybe in another season in her life wouldn’t have been considered. As she talked about his qualities, she realized that nice matters more, … Continue reading

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Turkey Meatballs with Spaghetti

Turkey meatballs with spaghetti is right now today separating me from anyone else in my family. I guess you could say I am third second generation American, first generation ground turkey. I’m fairly late in the game when it comes … Continue reading

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Spaghetti for Breakfast with Poached Eggs and Tomato Jam

As a food and cooking enthusiast, I have my secret fantasies? I play the game “if I had a restaurant.” I know exactly the approach I would take. Much of it would be the kind of food I cook here. … Continue reading

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Sunset Tomato Jam and a not so Pinterest Life

Sunset Tomato Jam should have been served at our sunset wedding in cute jars, with a sentimental label, which  I would have printed out myself using two different fonts that blend together in harmony. It’s a balanced combination of sweet … Continue reading

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Zucchini Fritters

Houses are now bigger than ever and supposed to make our life better,  but they come with entrances that require an invitation. I long for the times we used to sit on the front porch and neighbors would drop by … Continue reading

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Caprese Sandwich with Margherita Pepperoni

My grandfather was often referred to as a piece of bread in Italian,  pezzo di pane. If someone is a piece of bread, it means they are like the salt of the earth, someone you treasure for all the right … Continue reading

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Italian Lemon Olive Oil Cake and a Happy 13th Wedding Anniversary

When life gives you lemons, make Italian lemon olive oil cake. If you want to get fancy, make this cake and build a trifle. Yesterday was our 13th wedding anniversary. Every year, we look at each other and know we … Continue reading

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How to Tenderly Grill Boneless Chicken Breasts and Hazan Family Favorites Cookbook

Have you noticed the kind of stuff that trends on twitter?  It used to be good, relevant. Last week,  “If I had  a gun” was trending. I think twitter should have a different category for viral stupidity and relevant trending. … Continue reading

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust Topped with Arugula Salad

Last week, I had a health scare and for a minute (a day, actually) I awaited to hear test results.  It could have been the kind of news that tells me I won’t see a walker or failing eye sight … Continue reading

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Penne Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Lemon, Capers, Breadcrumbs

Pasta with brussels sprouts! Not typical. Not seen on any menu with my eyes. Not served during my childhood. But, after putting these together, I wonder why no one has thought of this before. The delivering punch of flavor can … Continue reading

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Hazelnut Crusted Ahi Tuna with Tagliatelle in Olive Anchovy Sauce

Post edit: This dish made it into the top five and is being voted on now. I would appreciate your support. You can vote here. This is all dressed up food crack. One bite and you’re hooked, because it’s a … Continue reading

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A Roasted Chicken Cacciatore that Reminds Me of Our Wedding

This roast chicken reminds me of our wedding. It was fast and cheap, but executed so well that nobody knew the corners that were cut. I put the money on what was important to me, flowers and food. We feasted … Continue reading

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Kale and Green Olive Frittata

Do you ever get like this. You are married for years, maybe decades, and yet you find out something about your spouse that shocks you. You can’t imagine the chaos leading up to this healthy, darling heart-shaped kale frittata.  Superbowl … Continue reading

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Meatballs with Savory Blueberry and Pear Compote

It’s time again for the 5 Star Makeover. We are a group of bloggers who take an ordinary dish with a theme and turn it to something unexpected with a gourmet twist. This dish certainly does that. Meatballs with savory … Continue reading

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Brussels Sprouts Gnocchi Pan Fried with Sage Browned Butter

Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to change flavors and go Italian. You can do it with your Thanksgiving leftovers. All you need are your left over mashed potatoes and some fresh brussels sprouts. Left over roasted sprouts will do … Continue reading

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Tailgating with Bolognese Sliders, the Five Star Sloppy Joe Makeover

It’s time again for the Five Star Foodie Makeover, and to kick off Autumn, our theme is tailgating. When I think of a tailgating party, I think of food that is hearty, mobile, easy to eat with one hand and … Continue reading

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Chopped Kale Salad with Toasted Almonds

I have a confession to make. I just started eating kale. I tell you this because you might be uncomfortable with certain vegetables and think you are the only one. You might be under the false impression that  “those foodies … Continue reading

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Pizza with Pancetta and Broccoli Rabe

When I was doing faux finishing, my clients would want a room done and think that all I had to do was slap some paint and a little glaze and be done in a few hours. They would nearly faint … Continue reading

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Grilled Pizza with Pears, Fig Jam, Melted Cheddar, Lavender Sea Salt

It’s Five Star Foodie Make Over time again and this month’s theme is pizza. Hosted by Lazaro Cooks and Natasha of Five Star Foodie, visit their sites on Friday to see what everyone else did to take pizza in a … Continue reading

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White Asparagus Debuts as Pasta Ribbons

hosted by 5 Star Foodie & Lazaro Cooks! White Asparagus has such a short season that you probably are a true foodie if you have ever had it, but especially if you have ever cooked it. In fact, the season … Continue reading

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Five Star Makeover: Bacon and Eggs, Toast Becomes a Pasta Dish

Lazaro of Lazaro Cooks, an outrageous foodie  created a new cooking club. The classics will get a five star makeover. The first challenge is as Amerciana classic as you can get. Bacon and Eggs. I could have gotten out some … Continue reading

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Broccoli Rabe with Orecchietti: A Classic Pasta Dish that Leans Healthy and Hearty

Do you know what broccoli rabe is? It’s not broccoli. And, it’s not broccolini. It is, however, also known as rapini. A few years ago, I didn’t know that it existed. And because of that, the first time I ordered … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Spaghetti with Spicy Eggplant Sauce and Isnello, Sicily

It’s been a long time since I posted a real recipe. My travels to San Francisco put my cooking on hold, but I’m back in the kitchen with another delicious Marcella Hazan recipe that is more in keeping with my … Continue reading

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Chocolate Pasta with Broccoli Rabe

Some of you are going to be appalled. But, some of you may applaud. Let’s see what category you find yourself in. When I started this blog, I wanted to stretch myself, perhaps learn a few new things and exercise … Continue reading

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Parmesan Crusted Oven Baked Green and Red Tomatoes

More tomato recipes? Yes, and what is so great about these are all the places these crispy tomatoes can show up. Not only are they a side dish, they are the great secret crunch inside of a sandwich. I started … Continue reading

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Heirloom Tomato Panzanella with Poached Eggs

This past Saturday I won the rotten tomato award. Well, not exactly. It was more like a bushel of heirlooms that had some bruises and might otherwise be thrown out. As I was purchasing some heirloom tomatoes and a yellow … Continue reading

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Summer Garden Spaghetti and Meatballs

I call these naked meatballs. They have no sauce; they need no sauce. They are just too good all on their own. We love pasta, but in the summer, it has to be on the lighter side. Even my meat … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Grilled Chicken alla Diavola, Roman Style

If it were not for the olive oil, one might not recognize this as “Italian.” It might seem to simply be “chicken on the grill.” But, the intense amount of peppercorns awaken the palate to something a bit special and … Continue reading

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La Fritteda and the Fava Bean: Food Worth Fighting For

This is not the most beautiful looking pot of food. All the work that went into this dish, and I still ended up with the ugly step sister, but delicious enough for the princess. My baby artichokes could look better. … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Rosemary Focaccia with Olives, Roasted Tomatoes

Goldilocks didn’t really eat porridge at the home of the three bears. She ate focaccia. As the first bite of Mama Bear’s focaccia landed into her little mouth, she was heard to say “this focaccia is too soft.” As she … Continue reading

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Spring Picnic: Chicken Roulade with Rainbow Chard

The first food I ever cooked for a crowd without anyone’s help was picnic food when I was 15. I Back in those times, picnic food meant fried chicken and potato salad, both of which I was a master at. … Continue reading

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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Frittata for Easter Brunch

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus is one delicious appetizer. And, a healthy snack. Prosciutto de Parma is salty, a tiny tiny bit sweet, and so deeply flavorful that it lingers on your taste buds. Asparagus is a beloved spring joy, so much … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Baked Filet of Sole with Tomato, Oregano, Hot Pepper

I chose this dish for the “Cooking Italy” schedule, because it’s not a typical way most people cook fish and it is a low calorie, healthy meal. Not all Southern Italian food has to be heavy or fattening. There is … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Broccoli Basil Mozzarella Frittata

This is my first “baked” frittata. I have always followed in the footsteps of my mother, grandmother, great grandmother and made my frittatas on top of the stove, a method that takes a lot of practice and confidence, perhaps even … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Cast Iron Roast Chicken with Lemons

Last November I attended the Food Buzz Festival in San Francisco and was fortunate enough to have a free night to dine with a fellow food blogger, Peter G. We went to the Zuni Cafe, and at his suggestion we … Continue reading

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Roasted Sweet Potato Lasagna

Post Edit: I have an new version of sweet potato lasagna made with four cheeses posted here. My husband  told me when we got married, “I don’t eat sweet potatoes. I just couldn’t accept this statement, and upon investigation, discovered … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Radicchio with Warm Bean Salad

This is a simple salad to kick off the March schedule of Cooking Italy. What I love the most about this group of home cooks is our google group. Not only do we discuss the ingredients that sometimes are not … Continue reading

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Pot Roast of Beef Braised in Red Wine, Mashed Potatoes

Roast beef, mashed potatoes, a smattering a root vegetables. Sounds like something in an American diner right? But, if you think about it, the Italians and French (especially in the north) eat red meat, and they prepare roast beef just … Continue reading

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Sausage and Cream Sauce over Orecchiette

Sausage in a cream sauce was not love at first thought, or at first sight, but it was love at first bite. It just didn’t sound good, but a friend told me it was one of his favorite Marcella recipes. … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Ciambella and Double Berry Shortcake

Ciambella is an Italian coffee cake that is usually lemony and a cross between a pound cake and a shortcake, as in strawberry shortcake. Easy to make, delicious for breakfast with coffee, and I even like it in a bowl … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Savory Leek and Carrot Tart and Will the Real Parmigiano-Regianno Please Stand Up?

Tortine alle Carote e Porri. One look at this beautiful savory tart of pureed carrot and sauteed leeks over pastry, and I was captivated by the magazine picture. For many months I thought my Cooking Italy group should be treated … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Ossobuco with Falls Mill White Corn Grits

I am always amazed at the reaction of people at the mention of grits. If they are not from the south, they all too often make one of those faces and promptly proclaim, “I don’t eat grits.” And, they say … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Pasta with Broccoli and Anchovy Sauce

This dish is more exciting than it appears. Many years ago, my cousin Sam and I were room mates. He was my foodie/cooking hero and he told me I should make a broccoli anchovy sauce. I gave him that kind … Continue reading

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Baked Green Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Bolognese Style

This is probably not the recipe people are looking for the first week of January, but there are many reasons why you should store this in your arsenal: • Bolognese is a great winter favorite that can be served over … Continue reading

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Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms, Filet Mignon with Mushroom Champagne Sauce

Firstly let me say Happy New Year. Your arrival at more door means a lot, so please keep coming back. You can look forward to getting here much more quickly as soon as I convert over to my new software … Continue reading

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The Big Night and What You Need to Know About Spaghetti and Meatballs

You have to watch this movie clip from The Big Night to understand what I’m about to tell you about spaghetti and meatballs. This is a very funny scene about a topic the Italians take very seriously. And, it’s no … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Pasta with Scallop Sauce, Olive Oil, Garlic, Hot Pepper

My husband’s favorite food is scallops, followed by shrimp, followed by seared tuna, followed by scallops, followed by shrimp, followed by scallops. You get the picture. So it’s a guarantee that when I’m looking through Marcella’s cook book, any dish … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy – Tegliate di Biete: Rainbow Chard Torte and Red to Remember Continues

Yesterday was quite an emotional day, as I watched food bloggers support World AIDS Day, by cooking for Red to Remember. There is still time to join in if you wish to and next Tuesday, I’ll post a round-up of … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy – Spinach Soup with Crostini and a little Spinach 101

This recipe was  part of the cooking curriculum for  a cook along group that cooked mostly from Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classical Italian Cooking.  I’m Popeye the Sailor Man I’m Popeye the Sailor Man I’m strong to the finich Cause … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy – Pasta all’ Amatriciana, Not Just Another Dish of Spaghetti

Today we are going to Rome. Technically, this sauce originated in the town of Amatrice, but I say “we’re going to Rome, because Bucatini All’ Amatriciana is served everywhere in Rome. When I ate my first fork full sitting at … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Pan Roasted Lamb with Juniper Berries

I am such a food blogger personality type. Earlier this year, I purchased juniper berries, just because they sounded interesting. They sat in my pantry in a mason jar, waiting for a recipe. Every month I pick our weekly dish … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Cappellacci–Ravioli Filled with Sweet Potatoes, Autumn Browned Butter

In Italy, Cappellacci means a square pasta dumpling that is stuffed with pumpkin. It is the specialty of Ferrara and can also be found in other parts of Emilio-Romagna. Marcella explains in her book that she could not get the … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Cesar Benelli’s Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce

  Tonight we had dinner in Venice. Well, not really, but Marcella has shared the recipe for the most delightful and delicious white clam sauce that Cesare Benelli makes at Al Covo, his restaurant in Venice. I can see why … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Ebogoné–Cranberry Beans, Sage, & Rosemary Bring a Big Smile to the Fall

I have mood swings when it comes to herbs. If you noticed my summer fare, you saw a lot of basil, parsley and thyme. Thyme is my summer go to herb for just about everything that isn’t tomato based. But … Continue reading

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“Are You Sure We’re Not in Italy?” Thin Crust Pizza

Continuing in my series of Purple Food, candy onions have been one of my most rewarding discoveries, and are high in flavonoids and are considered a super anti-oxidant. One recent lazy Sunday night, D.C. and I sat on our deck … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Pork Loin Braised in Milk Bolognese Style

When I first purchased Marcella’s book, after pining over many choices for  Cooking Italy  I had some time to kill before meeting a friend. I went into Provence, a french bakery, for a coffee, a pastry and a place to … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Bolognese Sauce with Fresh Pasta

Post Edit: Note: After making this, I tried another bolognese sauce that is also delicious and can be found here.  Today we visit Bologna, capital of the northern region of Italy, Emilia-Romanga, for the very best Bolognese sauce I have eaten … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Crespelles with Prosciutto, Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella

 Did you know that a crespelle is a crepe and originated in Italy, not in France. However, credit goes to France for running with them, and street corner “crepe stands” are common on the streets of Paris, while gelato shops … Continue reading

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Sgroppino-Venetian Cocktail with Lemon, Strawberries, Prosecco

Today we visit Venice once again as we drink our way through a dessert accompaniment with  prosecco, a venetian sparkling wine made slushy with very lemony ice cream, and sweet strawberry puree. Prosecco is light, bubbly, fruity, wine not to … Continue reading

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Homemade Gnocchi with Tomato Onion Butter Sauce

Today we visit Venice and prepare gnocchi. When made Venetian style (no eggs), they are light, pillowy treats of potato and flour that are good with just a bit of browned butter, or even better with a sauce that will … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Arrosticini Abruzzesi – Skewered Marinated Lamb Tidbits

Today we visit Abruzzo, and prepare a dish the shepherd’s made on their outside campfire. Looking at the boot, Abruzzo is the lower half in central Italy. Lamb is the signature meat of this region. This is yet another simple … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Zucchini Sauce with Garlic and Basil

A sunny summer day awakens the anticipation of an afternoon at the pool, and not just any pool, but an olympic size pool, surrounded by a hill of trees on all sides, making a sticky, hot day livable. It is … Continue reading

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Poached Shrimp with Olive Oil and Lemon Juice

Gamberetti all’ Olio e Limone or Poached Shrimp with Olive Oil and Lemon Juice is often found in restaurants along the Adriatic. This is now a favorite and I’ve made the recipe twice already. In fact, so far I’ve made … Continue reading

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Recession Delicious – Italian Ground Beef, Peas and Onions and the Three Things Food Bloggers Avoid Discussing

Yesterday, I stumbled upon a video of a 91-year old Italian-American grandmother, cooking pasta and peas just the way her mother cooked them nearly every night for her family during the depression. She used an onion, a potato, and a … Continue reading

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Cold Zabaglione with Red Wine with Raspberries

In my most recent post I proclaimed the worthiness and virtue of egg yolks. The egg yolk is truly the gift to us from chickens. I run to get to the farmer’s market early enough to get the fresh eggs … Continue reading

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Purple Hull Peas and Two Pasta Recipes

Until last summer, this was a new bean for me. Purple hull peas are members of the cow pea family and are another version of black eyed peas. The only place I ever see them is at Reed’s a local … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Bisteca Fiorentine-T-Bone Steak, Florentine Style

Toscana or Tuscany is the region we visit today and in that region you will easily find Bisteca Fiorentina being served in most restaurants. It’s grilled porterhouse steak for two, specially cut as one large 2-3 pound steak using Chianina … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy – Spaghetti and Pesto, Green Beans, Potatoes

GENOVA or Genoa, located in the region of Liguria, is the home of pesto, a combination of basil, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, parmigiano-reggiano and pecorino cheeses. Pesto has a deep meaning for us as we make it for every … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy – Bruschetta with Tomatoes from Rome

Before I talk about the food, I must stop to give you a language lesson. I studied Italian for a year and I will not really master this language until I spend a long period of time in Italy. The … Continue reading

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Risotto with Wild Shrimp and Fresh Peas

I have discovered the reason people love risotto, because I have finally succumbed to the joy of flavorful, creamy arborio rice. Risotto used to be a mystery to me. I was raised as a pasta girl, and I never understood … Continue reading

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Spring Chicken Parmesan

I know today is the first day of summer, and I’m a little late bringing you my springtime version of chicken parmigiana or what we americans refer to as chicken parmesan. Some years ago I stopped frying food (exception last … Continue reading

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Squash Blossoms Crispy Fried

Post Edit:  I’ve made some more squash blossoms (from my own garden)  stuffed with goat cheese, here. I love when a recipe for something unusual catches my eye and then my local farmer’s market features the ingredient. Last week, as … Continue reading

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Spring Peas with Poached Eggs

Fresh shelled peas, pancetta, and farm fresh poached eggs, perfect for any time of the day. The older I get, the less I want convenience. These hands that have mixed paints and plasters to arrange on walls or hand cut … Continue reading

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Bean Soup with Bacon and Crunchy Rice

This might be the best bean soup you have ever eaten because there is a surprise crunch that packs big flavor. This is an Italian inspired bean soup. You can be sure of that. Cannellini beans, arborio rice, pecorino cheese, … Continue reading

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Rosemary Walnut Pasta with Eggplant

If you find yourself asking, “what can I do with this one small eggplant,” or one piece of sausage, or maybe even just one left over serving of roast chicken, know that you can make some pasta and have it … Continue reading

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Frittata with Yellow Squash, Yellow Peppers

I need to be careful about the things I promise. I promised a frittata using the left over potatoes and mushrooms from this dish. I have made at least one hundred picture perfect frittatas. I have been scrambling eggs since … Continue reading

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Bucatini with Shrimp and Roasted Tomatoes

If I had my way, it would always be summer and I would have an unending supply of fresh tomatoes to eat in a thousand different ways, 900 of them served with some kind of pasta. I really don’t like … Continue reading

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Ravioli, Orange Basil Browned Basil Butter and Pine nuts

Yesterday was National Ravioli Day. In researching this, I found out there are all kinds of national food days and I look forward to celebrating National Spinach Day next week. This recipe looks long and complicated. It’s not. The way … Continue reading

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Split Pea Soup with Portobello Mushrooms

I have a definite food style. I know right away just looking at a dish if I’m going to like it. This is why I love food blogs and I can practically taste the food as I look at it. … Continue reading

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Ribollita, A Tuscan Memory of Cabbage Soup

Have you ever enjoyed a new dish while traveling and the memory lingers with you, and you promise yourself “one day I’ll make this dish.” That is how I felt when I first had a dish of ribollita at Bar-Ucci, … Continue reading

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Meatball Sliders

Meatball sliders combine American and Italian comfort food, perfect for a New Year’s Eve buffet, a family Wii tournament or the “big game.” Just pile high in a few large baskets or platters and your crowd will be pleased. Surprisingly, … Continue reading

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Fennel and Orange Salad

If you are like me, at this time of year, you are coming out of a sugar coma, and your body is craving fresh, whole food. The combination of fennel and oranges is refreshing and a good choice for weaning … Continue reading

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Nutty Pasta Haystacks

What do you serve when you are entertaining your mother’s church ladies, (all 15 of them) and she wants something other than tea sandwiches or chicken salad? First, you spike the punch; and, then you fall back on your “go … Continue reading

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