Monthly Archives: April 2011

Fried Stuffed Eggplant

 Whatever happened to the Easter Bonnet? You know, the one with all the frills upon it. Does anyone care to be the grandest lady at the Easter Parade anymore? I remember having a new suite at Easter. OK, so it … Continue reading

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Pork Shoulder Roast

 My grandmother prepared many of her roasts this way. Not sure if it’s a Sicilian thing, but she used to poke holes in the roasts and fill them with cloves of garlic and sprigs of fresh parsley. She did this … Continue reading

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Corn Muffins

Man does not live by Italian bread alone. I’ve loved corn muffins for most of my adult life. When I was a teenager, my friends and I would stop at the neighborhood candy store, BonBons, for a buttered corn muffin … Continue reading

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Spaghetti Alla Carrettiera

This is a fresh uncooked tomato sauce. It’s named after the drivers of the colorful Sicilian carts the Sicilians are famous for. It’s somewhere between the taste of a pesto and a fresh tomato salad.  It’s important to use very ripe … Continue reading

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Merluzzi Fritti con Cipolle all’Aceto – Fried Whiting with Vinegar Onions

Merluzzo. This is still one of the cheapest fish on the market. At about a $1.99 a pound it’s a real bargain. It’s the only fish I remember my grandparents eating, aside from Baccala on the holidays. Back then they must have paid 25-50 cents a … Continue reading

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Pork Chops In Red Wine

This is a real simple dish bursting with flavor. A great way to prepare pork chops in the rustic Sicilian way. Garlic, rosemary, parsley and fennel seeds enhances the pork flavor and the reduced wine sauce gives it that burst … Continue reading

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Sausage Stuffed Red Peppers

I knew I hit a good note when my son Joseph tasted these peppers and said they were the most flavorful stuffed peppers he ever ate. That was good enough for me. When I make stuffed peppers I always like … Continue reading

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a Stemperata

My father used to talk about his mother and aunts making this dish in Italy. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember eating this as a child, the same way I remember eating caponatina. The smell of the … Continue reading

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No Knead Bread – Fresh Baked Bread In No Time

There is nothing quite as satisfying as making your own bread. Most people who love to cook have a creative side to them. It’s that creative process that takes cooking to a whole new level. Baking your own bread helps … Continue reading

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