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Benvenuto! Welcome to Mangia Magna

I’m called Mom, Nonna, BisNonna but my husband, Charlie, calls me Anita. I’m a fiercely proud first generation American and equally proud of my Italian heritage. I treasure the recipes and traditions passed down to me through many generations…

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How to cook an Eggplant Pie

This is how to have an extraordinary eggplant in your table. INGREDIENTS 1 9-inch deep dish pie crust – unbaked 3 garlic cloves – minced ¼ cup butter 8-10 oz sauce – homemade or canned 2 cups eggplant –…

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How to cook Beef and Beer Stew

A tasty beef and beer stew. A perfect cold day dish and one for the crock pot! Your kitchen will be warm, and the aroma will make it difficult to wait until it is time to eat. SERVINGS Serves…

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The Easiest Fruit Cobbler

This is another one of our Christmas breakfast favorites. It is, also, a great brunch cobbler and delicious when served as a dessert with ice cream. It’s also one that we make ahead, freeze and bring to our family…

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Shrimp And Crab E’touffe’e

INGREIDENTS ¼ lb butter 1 medium onion -finely chopped ½ cup celery -finely chopped ½ cup yellow bell pepper – chopped 1 tbs garlic – minced 1 pinch of salt 2 lbs shrimp – shelled and deveined freshly ground…

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Lamb Chops With Arugula Chimichurri

This is a big hit in our family and subsequently was a Father’s Day dinner on more than one occasion, inspired in part by Bistecca alla Fiorentina which is a story for another day. This dish is best served…

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Focaccia Dough

Focaccia and soup make a very satisfying meal on any winter day. The soup will warm your body while the warmth of the baking focaccia will warm your kitchen. INGREDIENTS ½ cup water – heated to 105ºf – 115ºf…

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Caponata De Pesce – Fish Caponata

INGREDIENTS 2 swordfish filets ¼ cup semolina flour 2 cups frying oil – vegetable, peanut 2 ¼ cups passata 1 tb tomato paste 1 onion 1 celery stalk 2 tbs of green olives – pitted 2 tbs salted capers…

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Cauliflower With Anchovy Sauce

A great side dish to make a simple meal distinctive. INGREDIENTS 1 head cauliflower – trimmed, left whole fresh lemon juice 2 small garlic cloves – crushed 3 anchovy fillets – drained and patted dry 1 egg – hard…

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Risotto Milanese

This is a very traditional recipe from the region of Lombardy. INGREDIENTS 1 cup arborio rice 1/3 cup parmigiano cheese – grated 2 cups chicken broth 1/3 cup white wine – your favorite 2 tbs butter 1 cup hot…