Monthly Archives: April 2010

Escarole and Broiled Lamb Chops

Grandma’s Medicine This personally is my ultimate comfort food. Whenever I was sick as a child my Grandmother would bring me a bowl of escarole and plate of broiled lamb chops from my grandfather’s butcher shop. She would make the … Continue reading

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Roasted Sausages, Peppers, Onions, and Potatoes

The Jersey Shore When I see a dish of sausage and peppers I immediately think of Italian feasts like the San Genaro Festival in Little Italy. Or summer nights on the board walk down the shore at Point Pleasant or Seaside … Continue reading

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Mom’s Chicken Soup

Can We ever make our parents happy? Lord knows we try. After all, we only have one mother and one father. Unless you’re married, then you have in-laws to add to the list. Some of my Jewish friends talk about … Continue reading

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Pasta Aglio e Olio – Pasta With Garlic and Oil

Peasant Food Is All That I almost didn’t put this dish in my blog because of its simplicity. Then I thought, that is what this blog is all about. Italian cooking in its simplest form. Good food, comfort food, peasant food. Food … Continue reading

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Italian Baked "Fried" Chicken

When A Prank Goes Wrong Have you ever been a pawn in a prank that went terribly wrong? I was.  And it was my father that put me up to it. But I thought it went just great! We lived in … Continue reading

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Pasta con Ricotta – Linguini & Ricotta Cheese

Beautiful Vizzini At 60 km from Catania in the Hyblaean Mountains, on the most northwesterly slopes of Monte Lauro, Vizzini rises on the spot of ancient Bidis, a Roman city mentioned by Pliny and Cicero. In the Middle Ages the … Continue reading

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Orange Salad

This dish is one of those “heavenly unions”. In this case, an unusual combination of ingredients that go very well together. I guess if you really think about it…olive oil and Italian bread go great with just about everything! In … Continue reading

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Mpanata Ragusana – Filling #1

Time Honored Pies This dish is a specialty from my father’s town of Ragusa, Sicily.  Ragusa is close to the southern most point of Sicily. The origins of Ragusa can be traced back to the 2nd century BC. Over the century’s … Continue reading

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Quick Marinara

When I got home from work today I had no clue what I was going to prepare for dinner. I didn’t have anything defrosted and there were no left overs. So I decided to make pasta. This is a quick … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Chicken

Sundays Were Special Sunday was a special time around our house. We would get up early to go to Mass and if we weren’t planning on visiting relatives we would be looking forward to “Sunday Dinner”. Back then you couldn’t … Continue reading

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