Category Archives: Antipasto

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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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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Spinach Mpanada

This spinach filled mpanada was another staple for Christmas Eve dinner. Along with the broccoli pie and scaciatta, these savory pies were always a big hit. Whatever we didn’t finish on Christmas Eve was always on hand for breakfast the … Continue reading

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Arancini – Sicilian Rice Balls

Some of the best rice balls I have ever had, outside of my mother’s kitchen, was at a food stand on the ferry that went across the straights of Messina from Calabria to Sicily. Leave it to the Italians to serve … Continue reading

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Chick Pea Meatballs – Polpette di Ceci

  I have been cooking since I was 10 years old. Always loved it. Never even gave it a second thought.  I guess you could say I was a natural, whatever that is. When I see people toil over the … Continue reading

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Polpette di Melanzane – Eggplant Patties

Many Italian families on my block had fig trees in their back yards. And as kids, when we discovered them, we would go on a marauding fig feast, raiding every one’s back yard that had figs.  There was nothing quite as … Continue reading

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Sicilain Fried Peppers

When I see red peppers at the market I think of roasting them over an open fire. The aroma that comes from roasting peppers is heaven. In an earlier blog I gave you a recipe for roasted pepper salad. Pick … Continue reading

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Nonna's Zucchini Fritters 2.0

OK, so I stand corrected. After posting zucchini fritters on my blog, paying tribute to Grandma Isabella, I heard from my son Michael. I got it all wrong.  I’m only human! I formulated her fritters from how I recalled she made it. … 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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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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