Author Archives: Peter Bocchieri

About Peter Bocchieri

Peter was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is a second generation Italian-American. He has a degree in Journalism from Long Island University and is an avid photographer, gardener and pet owner. When Peter is not out selling, he is relaxing at his home in North East Pennsylvania and cooking for his sons, Michael and Joseph, family and friends. Peter's passion for food was inspired by his Mother's and Grandmother's cooking, but at the age of 10 Peter felt he could do it better himself, so he did.

Eggplant Parmigiana – Italian/American Style

This is the standard for Eggplant Parmigiana at any Italian Restaurant or Pizzeria in the United States. I’m not knocking it, on the contrary, I could eat this every day. But this is not the way my grandmother used to … Continue reading

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Red Wine and Coffee Braised Short Ribs

My children are responsible for placing me on different paths in the culinary world. Their encouragement and positive reviews also make all the work and preparation worth it. Nothing is more rewarding to the chef than to have someone appreciate … Continue reading

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Lentil Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale

Rose.       Rose, Rosie, Roe, Mom, Aunt Rose, Grandma, Nana, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. You broke my heart for the first time last week Mom. Mom would have been 96 years old … Continue reading

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Sourdough Pancakes

I know, this is the third sourdough posting in a row. I’m having fun with it and want to share. I know this is not Italian food. But it’s my food. And I think my readers trust me that when … Continue reading

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No Knead Rustic Sourdough Bread

Some of you might have heard of No Knead bread. It’s relatively a new concept in the world of bread making. The idea is to leave a very wet  dough to rise over a long period of time which helps … Continue reading

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Sourdough Bread

I have been playing around with sourdough again. I was doing it for years and then I lost my sourdough culture after Superstorm Sandy. I lost my power for two weeks and whatever I had in my refrigerator was gone. … Continue reading

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Macaroni with Zucchini and Mint

Here is another classic Sicilian dish that you can throw together with a few seasonal ingredients and walk away with a satisfying meal, that’s tasty and fresh.  This time of year the mint should be plentiful from your garden and … Continue reading

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Pasta alla Norma- Macaroni with Eggplant

This has to be one of my all time favorite macaroni dishes. And it’s pure Sicilian. When I was 14 years old and traveled throughout Italy with my brother Richard we spent two weeks with my Aunt Angie and Uncle … Continue reading

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Biscotti Reginella – Giuggiulena- Sesame Cookies

There was a bakery in my Brooklyn neighborhood  called Termini’s Bakery. The store was at 7615 New Utrecht Avenue. Terminis was baking delicious bread, cookies and Italian specialties decades before I was born. My grandfather used to get his bread … Continue reading

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Recipes for Super Bowl Party – MY TOP 10 RECIPES FOR YOUR SUPER BOWL PARTY

 The big game is less than a week away and the party has already started in the New York/New Jersey area. Hotels are booked, both teams are already here and attending events all over the  area. I live and work … Continue reading

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