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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 make Eggplant Sformato

The exquisite Eggplant Sformato. A sweet friend of mine surprised me with a lovely eggplant from her garden and I put it to good use rather quicklywith the few ingredients had on hand. I love it when my friendshave…

Italian Dessert

How to make Almond Brownies

The simply sweet Almond Brownies. Whether if it’s Merenda, Spontino or an afterdinner dessert, this quick and easy sweet never fails to satisfy. INGREDIENTS: ¾ cup butter 2 cups sugar Pinch of salt 2 tsp almond extract Sugar 4…

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How to make Potato Pudding

The Potato Pudding. This is great addition to any meal and perfect for a company dish.Sometimes you just need another quick dish to compliment a meal. INGREDIENTS: ½ cup vegetable oil or duck fat 1 large onion – app.…

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How to make Onion and Pork Pasta

Pasta di Cipolli e Maiale  Such a simple sauce but so full of flavor. Onions are an indispensable part of Italian recipes. The humble onion saved many recipes from grim ennui!   INGREDIENTS:   1 ½ LBS PORK LOIN…