Monthly Archives: May 2010

Tripe – Trippa Alla Parmigiana

OK folks, this is not one of the more popular Italian dishes. I’ll bet you will not find it at Olive Garden, Bocca di Peppe  or Macaroni Grill.  For those of you who know what tripe is you have either tasted it … Continue reading

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Mom’s Classic Potato Salad

Hawaiian Luau Yes, this is classic American  potato salad. Did you think my mom made nothing but Italian food? She made a pretty good pea soup as well which I will share in another blog. Whenever my sister Annette would … Continue reading

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Pasta Carbonara

I love this pasta dish! It’s one of my favorites. Probably not the most healthy with all the butter and eggs in it. But you know what I say? As long as you don’t eat it every day, it aint … Continue reading

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Italian Iced Coffee

The first time I had iced coffee in Italy I was in Taormina. Taormina is a small town on the east coast of Sicily. The  village of Taormina is perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian sea. Besides the ancient Greek … Continue reading

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Mpanada Ragusana – Lamb Stuffing

 For the Easter Holidays my Uncle Sal Arestia, my Aunt Mary’s husband,  used to make this every year. My father, who came from Ragusa like my uncle, says his mother used to make it for him as well. It’s a … Continue reading

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Sicilian Fried Eggs with Bread Crumbs and Cheese

In A Pinch It’s finally 5pm.  Another rough week at work. Trying to get home. Tractor trailer overturned on I-287 at exit 41. One lane opened. Man, that 10 acre farm in northern New York looks awfully good. Two and a half … Continue reading

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Baked Chicken with Lemon and Garlic

WHEN A HOUSE IS REALLY A HOME When my grandfather first came to this country he worked as a laborer, building the subway system in New York City. Most likely he worked for the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), which was … Continue reading

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Steak Pizzaiola

 The Gestapo Way They used to call him “Booch”. That was my brother’s nick name during his high school years. Back then, Richard, aka Booch, hung around with a less than desirable crowd.  A crowd, you can say, that was … Continue reading

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Broccoli Soup

Bugs In The Broccoli Soup I would drive my mother crazy when she made this soup. I never wanted to eat it. I was never a picky eater, but when my mother made this soup she would pour all of us … Continue reading

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Pasta all’Amatriciana

The Visit When my parents would drive up from Brooklyn to visit me at home in Rockland County it was always an event. Their  one hour trip would start at 5am because my mother did not want to hit traffic driving … Continue reading

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