Monthly Archives: August 2010

Pesto With Sun Dried Tomatoes

One Christmas Eve¬†when my Uncle Benny arrived at the house with my Aunt Angie and Johnny and Ralph, he was holding a container wrapped in a plastic bag. He walked over to me and said, “Do you know what I … Continue reading

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Grilled Fillet of Salmon with Citrus Green Sauce

Fresh ingredients is the hallmark of good Sicilian cooking. And when it comes to seafood, the Sicilians are second to non. My grandmother used to make this fresh sauce and top many different kinds of fish with it. What ever … Continue reading

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Sharing a passion for food

On Friday I was fortunate enough to be chosen by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey to be guest judge at their Food Service Training Academy’s International Cook-Off. I guess it’s one of the perks of being a food … Continue reading

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Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce

Like my mother and grandmother, whenever I make fresh homemade ravioli I always make more than for just one meal. It’s an awful lot of work for just a meal, so while the pasta machine is out and the ingredients … Continue reading

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Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini is very abundant in the summer time. When I used to grow it in my back yard I would make daily trips to my neighbors giving away zucchini. And when one or two fruits stayed on the bush too … Continue reading

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Pork Chops With Broccoli and Olives

This is one of my grandmother’s signature dishes. Another simple dish with few ingredients, but when put together becomes amazingly tasty. I have never seen this dish served anywhere or seen anyone else make it. The sauteed broccoli with the garlic … Continue reading

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Summer Tomato Salad Grana Padano

Driving home from work tonight, the last thing I was thinking about was having dinner. Being out all day in this 90 degree heat does nothing for my appetite. Sometimes it’s just too hot to eat….at least anything heavy. As … Continue reading

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Baked Smoked Ham

My experience with Chinese food was extremely limited growing up. For a number of reasons. First being, we rarely would go out to eat. It either had to be a very special occasion, even then my mother and Grandmother would … Continue reading

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Homemade Ravioli

SILENCE OF THE RAVIOLI My mother and grandmother always made homemade ravioli for that real special occasion. It would take them the day to do it. Making the dough, rolling it out to just the right thickness. They didn’t have … Continue reading

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