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Bone Appetito

Spring is the best time to make lamb dishes and lamb shanks, cut from the lower leg is a great cut of meat for braising or slow cooking; they tend to have little fat and lots of connective tissue. Braising allows that tissue to break down and produce rich, succulent tasti…

It's the Berries

It is so exasperating! You bought some fresh raspberries, blackberries or strawberries and put them in the fridge, only to discover a day or two later that they have begun to go south with mold growing on them! Toss.  A better way to keep them longer is to take them …

Pizza…That’s Amore

Lets just assume that pizza could be our national dish since the US is the largest pizza market in the world, racking up $46.24 billion out of $145 billion in total worldwide sales in 2020! What makes it so appealing? Comfort food, affordable, anytime eating are some of t…

Salivating Supper on a Sheet Pan

Leave it to a pandemic to bring out some clever cooking techniques. Once we got past the baking banana bread craze, sheet pan cooking set in and was on fire. Here was a great way to cook dinner on one pan! Pretty soon there were blogs and cookbooks devoted to it and a flo…

The Heart of the Matter

Spring in Italy means that artichokes, fava beans, asparagus, radishes, spinach, beets, chard and lettuces are all in season and if I had to pick a favorite it would be artichokes, especially those coming from Sicily. One spring while staying at the Regaleali Wine estate…

Make Mine Gelato

Warmer days ahead means fun and refreshing desserts. That always makes me want gelato! The best are from Sicily where this treat is like gold. Sicilians eat it for breakfast stuffed into a rich tasting brioche bun. We can all dream. But a nice way to have gelato is over t…

Ciao Italia Mother's Day Special

Looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift? Look no further than a copy of Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy! It is currently being offered at a special Mother's Day sale price, and includes an autographed book plate. You can purchase Ciao Italia:…

Ham and Eggs=Frittata

A beautiful bronzed looking bone in baked ham is always welcome for Easter dinner and leftovers can be pretty special too; ham and eggs in the morning, ham salad sandwiches for lunch and a delicious mac and cheese with ham some ways to use it up. And the bone is la bonus …

The Top Ten Mistakes First Time Gardeners Make

So you want to plant a vegetable garden and can’t wait to get started? You envision the end result of healthy, abundant vegetables not only on your dinner table but also as giveaways to your neighbor - not so fast. Like any project, a lot of thought and research wil…

In Your Easter Basket

These Italian Easter cookies with anise flavoring are light and biscuit-like in texture. They are often enjoyed in the morning with an espresso. Since breakfast is unheard of in Italy, (except for hotel tourists), these cookies (biscotti) would be right at home on an Ital…

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