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Cake Sense

With Easter and Passover around the corner, it is baking season again and here are my tips for turning out molded type cakes made in bundt pans and other configurations. Really grease the mold well with melted butter being especially diligent with getting into the corners…

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Neapolitan Stuffed Easter Bread

The casatiello is a savory filled Neapolitan Easter bread. Casatiello means caccio or cheese in dialect because of the use of cheese in the dough and in the filling. The rising dough meant the promise of new life; the shape of the bread symbolized a crown and the eggs mea…

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Don't look over your (pork) shoulder

Oh, the lonely pork butt, (also going by the name of pork shoulder roast), is so overlooked by home cooks. This cut need lovin’ in a low oven to really bring out its tenderness and tastiness. A pork butt has lots of fat and connective tissue and that is where the ju…

Pesto For St Patrick’s Day

Thinking of something green for St Patrick’s Day? Well there is always the traditional boiled cabbage dinner but how about making a delicious pesto sauce for pasta, fish or chicken. Fresh basil is available in your local stores right now, a sure sign of good summer …

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The Eggplant Dilemma

I have no interest in whether eggplant is male or female. I know there are those who have discussed this ad nauseam claiming that male eggplant is far less bitter than the female variety because it has less seeds. A male eggplant, according to eggplant experts, has a roun…

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Crunchy Crab Cakes

Lent is here so why not kick it off with crunchy crab cakes. The best thing to do when making them is to keep it simple, using just a few ingredients. This is also good made with flaked cooked fish. Crunchy Crab CakesServes 4 8 ounces fresh crab meat
Salt to taste…

Escarole and Meatball Soup

One of the most beloved soups of southern Italy and served at many a wedding where it is known as wedding soup (minestra maritata), escarole and meatball soup is welcome anytime but especially now when sturdy heads of escarole are available. Escarole is an essential ingre…

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The Winter Kitchen

Winter. I look forward to it every year. For me as a cook, winter is a season of ingenuity, challenge and opportunity. Bring it on I say! Winter means different things to different people. What can seem to many like endless months of dreariness and constant chill is for o…

The Smell of Sunday Dinner, Italian Style

Some things are sacred. Like the smell of Sunday dinner taking shape even before you have had your second cup of morning coffee. That’s the way it used to be in a lot of Italian homes. I remember the smell of onions hitting the pan as I woke up, my mother and grandm…

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Super Bowl Peperoni Sticks

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here and of course there will be lots of food. Why not make some of the fun to eat . Super Bowl Peperoni SticksMakes 12 1 package prepared pizza dough, divided into 12 equal pieces1 cup thinly sliced pepperoni12 thin slices salami1- ½ cu…

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