Category Archives: pizza

Mpanada di Scarola (Escarole Pie)

The one comfort food that stands out for me among all other comfort foods is scarola. That’s right, scarola, escarole,  a vegetable. And scarola was my go to dish when I was sick. I have had my share of childhood … Continue reading

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Sausage Rolls

A lot has happened since my last post. So here is the “Reader’s Digest” version. I left New York, sold my house and moved to North East Pennsylvania. Found a job on a daily newspaper that covers Wayne and Pike … 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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Pastiera De Grano and Pizza Rustica

Cooking with Nonna in Florham Park  I spent the early part of an afternoon at Nonna’s Italian Restaurant in Florham Park New Jersey. Rossella Rago was filming a webisode of Cooking With Nonna, the popular website that features Nonnas from different … Continue reading

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Calzone Barese

Growing up in Brooklyn, every pizzeria had the two basics, pizza and calzones. Maybe a few zeppole off to the side. But that was just about it. Today you walk into a pizzeria and it’s hard to find a plain … 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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Mpanada Ragusana – Broccoli and Olives

This mpanada is one of my family favorites. There are a number fillings we put in these pies, but this one gets the prize. When I go to visit my mother in Long Island, this is what she asks me to … 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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Calabrese Pizza

Grandma’s Care Package Ok, so my children are half Calabrese. So I thought it was fitting that I add this recipe to my blog. Their grandmother Isabella is a wonderful cook and every time my son Joseph comes home from grandma’s … Continue reading

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Sicilian Pizza – Sfincione

ABEETZ I may not be a wine expert, but I know a thing or two about a thing or two. And that’s Pizza. You might even call me a pizza snob. You have Starbuck snobs why not pizza snobs? I cringe … Continue reading

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