Tag Archives: Italian food

Tomato Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

Most backyard gardeners have picked their last tomato by now. This time of year is when I love to make fresh tomato sauce using the Roma and plum tomatoes I grew myself and allowed to ripen on the vine. It’s … Continue reading

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Southern Fried Chicken (Southern Italy Fried Chicken)

Who doesn’t like fried chicken? Especially done right. I know southerners in the USA claim this as their own. But us southern Italians have just as much a right to fry up some chicken and consider it great “Italian Comfort … Continue reading

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Cucuzza

You rarely find this vegetable in the supermarkets, if at all.  But if you lived in Brooklyn or any Italian neighborhood you could find cucuzza growing in just about everyone’s garden. It was as much a part of summer as  the … Continue reading

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Pasta Aglio e Olio – Pasta With Garlic and Oil

Peasant Food Is All That I almost didn’t put this dish in my blog because of its simplicity. Then I thought, that is what this blog is all about. Italian cooking in its simplest form. Good food, comfort food, peasant food. Food … Continue reading

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Pasta con Ricotta – Linguini & Ricotta Cheese

Beautiful Vizzini At 60 km from Catania in the Hyblaean Mountains, on the most northwesterly slopes of Monte Lauro, Vizzini rises on the spot of ancient Bidis, a Roman city mentioned by Pliny and Cicero. In the Middle Ages the … Continue reading

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Mpanata Ragusana – Filling #1

Time Honored Pies This dish is a specialty from my father’s town of Ragusa, Sicily.  Ragusa is close to the southern most point of Sicily. The origins of Ragusa can be traced back to the 2nd century BC. Over the century’s … Continue reading

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Quick Marinara

When I got home from work today I had no clue what I was going to prepare for dinner. I didn’t have anything defrosted and there were no left overs. So I decided to make pasta. This is a quick … Continue reading

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