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Hold The Rice

Rice is nice but cauliflower is better! So fool the family the next time you are dying to serve cauliflower. Instead of water logged, bland tasting cauliflower, why not make this delicious cauliflower rice. Serve it as a side or use it as a bed for grilled chicken or stir…

Salmon Surprise

Need a break from all that holiday cooking and want something simple and fast but also delicious? Try salmon cooked in foil. No mess, no clean up and a delicious and healthy way to start the New Year. Salmon Surprise Serves 45 tablespoons Filippo Berio extra virgin oliv…

Start the New Year Right with Brussels Sprouts

Make a quick sauteed Brussels sprout dish for a change of pace and get to know this often maligned vegetable that has so many possibilities, not to mention how good they are for you. To serve 4, you need about 16 sprouts cut into quarters and tossed in a bowl with salt, p…

Dried Plum Tart

Buon Anno! Happy New Year friends! Here is my gift to you; a fabulous dried plum tart! Crust 1 1/2 cups flour1/2 cup sugar1 tsp baking powder1/2 cup cold butter, cut into bits1 large egg, lightly beaten1 teaspoon vanilla extractMix the flour, sugar and baking powder tog…

Buon Natale!

Christmas in Italy is above all a religious and not a commercial holiday. Here are some traditions celebrating an Italian Christmas. Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve is an Italian-American tradition, started here. Originally, the night before Christmas called…

Dreamy Creamy Cream Puffs

Oh, the lovely cream puff, where have you gone? This classic dessert seems to have disappeared of late in cookbooks and on restaurant menus but it deserves to be brought back again since they are so easy to make and are the perfect holiday dessert either filled with pastr…

How to make perfect sugar cookies

Many of us are into holiday cookie baking and exchanges. I make a lot of traditional Italian cookies for Christmas and the last one I usually make are not Italian at all but good old fashioned cut out sugar cookies. We all have our favorite recipe. Here are some tricks fo…

Panettone…Italy’s Holiday Bread

Now is the time to make classic panettone, that wonderful holiday bread that is said to have originated in Milan. This yeasted high rising sweet bread loaded with candied fruit is always on the Christmas table for Italians. This year I decided to make them in mini form. I…

Pumpkin Pie Recipe Contest

For Thanksgiving this year, Ciao Italia is having a pumpkin pie recipe contest! Have a special recipe for the best pumpkin pie? Share it with us by noon eastern on November 20th, and you could win a Ciao Italia apron, mug, and a signed copy of Ciao Italia Famil…

One Bowl Blueberry Cake

Here is a great little cake to make; I call it One Bowl Blueberry Cake and it is perfect for breakfast or for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream but it also just stands on its own. One Bowl Blueberry Cake 1/3 cup light olive oil1 cup sugar1 egg1/2 cup milk1/2 cup…