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Lickety-Split Lasagna

A recent poll placed lasagna as one of the most popular pasta dishes that we crave. No surprise there. It shows up as a party favorite to serve a crowd; it is the feature at many potluck suppers and knows no season. It is elegant tasting even reheated. I like the ritual o…

Be Mine Valentine Bean Soup

It’s apt to be cold on Valentines Day so warm up a bowl of bean and potato soup for your sweetie. Be Mine Valentine Bean SoupServes 6 Two 15 ounce cans cannellini or kidney beans drained and rinsed.1 tablespoons olive oil1 onion, minced1 large clove garlic, minced…


Valentine' s Day Coconut Chocolate Bars

Hmmm. What to do for your sweetie on Valentine's Day. Honestly, I am running out of ideas. I have done the candy, flowers, surprise dinner out, fine wine and gushy cards. I am keeping it simple this year offering these homemade decadent, delicious and sinfully rich coconu…

Crazy for Cupcakes

Every cooking magazine of late seems to be having a love affair with cupcakes. Giant cupcakes, mini cupcakes, two-flavored cupcakes, cupcakes for weddings instead of a huge cake! There’s no denying their new found popularity. Well, as I have always said, there is n…

Capital Region Living Features Mary Ann Esposito and Her Book Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy

Mary Ann Esposito and her latest book, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy, are featured in the latest issue of Capital Region Living Magazine. The article's author Rebecca Whalen has this to say: "Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy…

Super Food for Super Bowl

Sub shops and pizza delivery trucks will be on overdrive this week and chicken wings and barbequed ribs will be hard to find as we await the BIG GAME. And while these game foods are tasty and predictable choices, it might be nice to mix it up with something a little diffe…

What To Do With Leftover Panettone

Without fail every Christmas season, I make panettone, the classic sweet yeast bread that is studded with dried fruit and that Italians love to give as gifts at Christmas time. And every year I receive imported panettone from friends and family. Some I stash in the freeze…

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Listen: Mary Ann Esposito on The Connected Table Live!

Mary Ann recently made an appearance on The Connected Table Live. You can listen online or download the podcast of the show here. 

It's A Wrap!

Now that the holidays are over and the diet gurus have come out in full force to curb our appetite and check us back into reality, you might want to consider one pot main dishes for a change of pace. One of my favorites is stuffed cabbage. I like to think of them as the n…


Shrimp in Beer - Gamberi in Salsa di Birra

Good news. Newsweek and World Reports just issued their findings on the top diets in the world and no surprise here, but the Mediterranean diet is #1. I talk about this diet and show you the Mediterranean diet pyramid in my latest book CIAO ITALIA (My Lifelong Food Advent…

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