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SICILIAN PESTO

Sicily has its own special version of Pesto. In this version you will find almonds vs pine nuts or walnuts. Also, there is no basil. Instead, you will enjoy mint, chili pepper and fresh tomatoes. The biggest surprise is…

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All Souls Day in Italy

  A DAY TO HONOR THE DEAD! The 1st of November is a national holiday in Italy, known as Tutti i Santi or Ognissanti, which celebrates All Saints Day and is followed by All Souls Day on the 2nd…

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HALLOWEEN IN ITALY

Dolcetto-Scherzetto October 31st is not a national holiday in Italy and it is only until recently that it has become more of a tradition as a day for children. Children will have their day in school after which they…

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The Ziti alla Boscaiola

  Lumberjack Pasta INGREDIENTS:  1 LB ZITI 2 TBS BUTTER 1 SMALL ONION – chopped 1 ½ CUPS GREEN PEAS 1 SMALL CARROT – chopped 14 OZ ITALIAN PLUM TOMATOES 1 CELERY STALK – chopped 8 OZ FRESH MUSHROOMS…

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It’s Chestnut Season

CHESTNUT CAKE INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ CUPS CHESTNUT FLOUR 1/3 CUP SUGAR 1 TB BAKING POWDER 2 TB COCOA POWDER – more for dusting 2 TBS HONEY PINCH OF SALT ½ EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL 2 LARGE EGGS – room…

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The Thai Basil Beef

INGREDIENTS: 2 TB OLIVE OIL 1 LB GROUND BEEF – lean 1 RED, ORANGE or YELLOW BELL PEPPER – thinly sliced 1 SWEET ONION – thinly sliced 6 GARLIC CLOVES – minced 1 CUP BASIL LEAVES – loosely packed,…

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A Traditional French Potato Pie

Here is the traditional french potato pie. An excellent dish when you want to impress!   INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ LBS YUKON GOLD POTATOES  2 SHEETS PUFF PASTRY  2 ONIONS  2 GARLIC CLOVES  1 ¼ CUPS HEAVY CREAM  1 EGG YOLK  …

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Rice Torta

  INGREDIENTS: 1 CUP LONG GRAIN RICE 3 EGGS – large 7-8 TBS OLIVE OIL ½ CUP PARMESAN CHEESE – grated 1 ONION – medium, chopped FRESHLY GROUND BLACK PEPPER 1 TB CORN MEAL or POLEMNTA SALT TO TASTE…

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Apricot French Toast

A simple way to make Brunch special! This can be a delicious appetizer.     INGREDIENTS: 8 SLICES CHALLAH BREAD 3 EGGS – lightly beaten PINCH OF SALT 1 TSP VANILLA EXTRACT ½ CUP BUTTER – melted – or more…