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Twice Baked Potato Boats

Jazz up twice baked potatoes by filling the potato skins with a combination of mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. Looks good, tastes great and gets raves. Twice Baked Potato BoatsServes 4  2 large Yukon Gold potatoes, well scrubbed2 large sweet potatoes, well scru…

Slow and Low Beef Brisket

Not a turkey fan? How about a slow oven roasted, fix and forget it beef brisket? Nothing could be easier to make and the leftovers are even better. Team it with oven roasted vegetables or baked potatoes for a really delicious cold weather meal. Slow and Low Beef BrisketS…

Tweaking Thanksgiving

It’s not too early to be thinking about Thanksgiving and deciding what kind of sides to serve with the turkey always gets me thinking. Do I really want to do that green bean casserole or cranberry marshmallow salad again just because auntie B always made them? Or sh…

The Mary Ann Esposito Foundation

Food and culture are central to the Italian-American experience. For generations, Italian-American families have come together around the dinner table where parents and grandparents have passed on their traditions and values. Gaps between generations have been bridged by …

Delicious December Delicacies

Every October Mom started her Christmas baking by loading in 25 pound bags of flour, countless dozens of eggs, butter and sugar. This was serious business because Christmas cookies were give-aways for everyone. I remember the large metal tins that the freshly baked cookie…

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Snappy Gingersnaps

Gingersnaps are so New England. They have been enjoyed for hundreds of years and are a direct descendent of gingerbread. They have a long European history, especially in Germany and England. In colonial times, they were called ginger biscuits. Gingersnaps get their name f…

Think You’ve Tasted The Best Cannoli?

A tray of just made cannoli with fresh sheep’s milk ricotta cheese filling made its way down the long table at the Cucchiara dairy farm I was visiting near the town of Salemi, Sicily. The long and thin as tissue paper, blistered and golden brown crispy shells were w…

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My Trip to Sicily: Sicilian Puppet Show

One of the things that I have always wanted to do is see a Sicilian Puppet show. Known as Opera dei Pupi (pupi means puppets) the show is similar to an ongoing TV series. Each episode tells a continuing story through the lives of chivalrous Christian knights fighting batt…

Not Your Ordinary Cannoli

I had an epiphany at the Caseificio Cucchiara near the town of Salemi, Sicily. Etched in my mind and on my tastebuds are the fabulous cannoli made there with sheep’s milk ricotta and the flakiest shells that I have ever eaten; they shattered as I bit into them and t…

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My Trip to Sicily

Over the years, I have made several trips to Sicily and I am now just returning from a long stay on the western and southeast areas. Sicily is huge, the largest island in the Mediterranean and lush with fruits and vegetables. I saw so many prickly pear tree farms and oran…

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