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Rabbit Food

Get a hop on Easter and make some delicious tasting child and adult friendly Easter Bunny sugar cookies. These can be made ahead and frozen well wrapped. Easter Bunny Sugar CookiesMakes 2 to 3 dozen depending on size of cutters 1 stick butter
1 egg
¾ cu…

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Polpette di Pesce - Fish Cakes

My mother was a firm believer in fish, serving it too often for my taste. That was one reason why I dreaded the season of Lent, a time when every Friday meant some sort of fish would be on my plate when all I really wanted was a hamburger and French fries! And as if that …

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Fast and Flavorful Frittata

Here is a fast, simple and protein loaded Lenten supper. A vegetable frittata made with 6 beaten eggs, 1 cup Half/Half, 1 cup diced cooked kale or frozen spinach, thawed and well squeezed, 1 medium potato, microwaved, cooled and diced, 1 cup your favorite cheese, grated a…

Got REAL Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese?

You may be aware of the recent internet articles regarding the fraudulent sales of grated “parmesan cheese.” The FDA is investigating a criminal case against Castle Cheese, an industry supplier to many large supermarket chains, for selling grated “parmes…

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Super Super Bowl Sunday Calzones

A sub is just a sub for Super Bowl Sunday and even though I know absolutely nothing about football, I get into the spirit of this All-American game by making my family football fans their favorite game food, calzones! Calzones are a lot easier to eat while cheering on the…

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Fat Tuesday Puffs

These ethereal little puffs of sweet dough filled with raisins and apples are a typical Venetian carnival food eaten on Martedi Grasso, Fat Tuesday but they are good anytime and the technique for making the dough is similar to that for cream puffs. I suggest you call in t…

We Have A Power Bowl Winner…

Ok, you didn't win the Powerball but the odds are that you could be the next power bowl winner! Power bowls are the latest healthy eating craze and a smart way to start the New Year. Basically it is a bunch of healthy vegetables, grains and some lean protein like fish, ch…

Not Your Supermarket’s English Muffins

I recently had breakfast in a diner with a friend. He ordered the usual: ham, eggs, home fries and an English muffin. The muffin looked like an SUV had run over it; it was pale and anemic looking, hardly what I would call toasted and reminded me of how wonderful homemade …

Don’t Be In The Dark About Mushrooms

Looking for something fast and yummy as a lunch, side or even light supper dish? Something to banish the guilt of indulging in too much smorgasbord holiday fare? Give stuffed Portobello mushrooms a try. Mushrooms are low in calories and high in rich nutrients like potassi…

Olive Oil…Buyer Beware

Recently CBS aired an expose on olive oil that only confuses the consumer even more. For over 25 years I have extolled the virtues of olive oil on Ciao Italia. I would caution any consumer to really read the label on any olive oil that you are buying. Here are some key ru…

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