Browsing Category Italian

Bill’s Penne alla Vodka

This recipe is tailor-made for my husband Bill, done the way he likes Vodka sauce – lots of bacon, lots of Vodka, and very creamy. He is a Vodka sauce expert and he has a favorite restaurant where he always orders it.  But he says my recipe is just like it!  I take that as a huge compliment!  The sauce takes less time to make…

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Pesto Sauce

“It is so easy to make your own pesto sauce!  Once you taste it, you will never buy it in a package mix or jar again! There is just no comparison!  Pesto sauce traditionally is made with pine nuts, but I eliminate them. That is only my personal preference. This recipe makes one and a half cups of pesto sauce, which is enough for one-half…

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My Italian Meatballs-Soft and Tasty!

Since I started cooking, I always made meatballs by winging it from my head. I like them with a lot of flavor and SOFT, not hard! I know everyone has their own favorite version of Italian meatballs! ! Some people like to add onions, some people add raisins, which I like too. My way of doing them has evolved into this recipe that I use…

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Date Nut Bars -Chef Maryann Esposito

Esteemed Chef Maryann Esposito of Ciao Italia! has the perfect Date Nut Bar recipe! They are nice and chewy like they are supposed to be, so delicious and just perfect! Not hard to make either! She writes: “No holiday visit to Mom’s was ever complete without her sending me home with a box of her famous Date Nut Bars. Of all her confections, this was…

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Patsy’s Pizza

My sister Patsy, or Pat, is the pizza queen of the family! She is famous for her pizza and makes it the best! Her technique never fails her and people go crazy for it! The crust is delicious and crunchy, and the sauce is simple and spiced just right! VIDEO:  Pat and I made a video of her making pizza because her technique is so unusual…

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Grilled Lemon-Herb Swordfish

SWORDFISH! It is a favorite fish of mine! Well, I like almost every fish! This is a simple Sicilian way to make it. No breading, no marinating, just a quick mixture of oil, butter, and herbs. You really can’t mess up swordfish! This takes just a few minutes to prepare, and only 6-10 minutes total to grill! Use an outdoor BBQ grill or an indoor…

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Steak San Marco

“Steak San Marco is a simple steak stew recipe that goes back decades, and it needs no updating! It is so unbelievably tasty and tender, I don’t mind leftovers the very next day! There are not many ingredients to it so you might wonder how it gets so delicious! The spices are simple but tasty! I used to make it on top of the stove…

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Sausage and Peppers – The Easy Way!

“A very easy way to make sausage and peppers! The tomato paste makes its own sauce with the steamed peppers in the oven. You can use more peppers and really mound up the dish because the peppers steam down. I really like using ground sausage instead of links.  Or I buy the links and remove the casing. You get more little pieces of sausage dispersed…

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Wine Biscuits

“My good friend Donna Marinaccio O’Brien gave me this old world wine biscuit recipe which I think is the best one ever!  Donna is a fantastic cook and baker and has great recipes she has shared with me over the years.  NO rolling-pin is needed, just form the dough into ropes and shape with your hands!  I am not a fan of the hard wine…

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Pumpkin Pizzelles

“Pumpkin Pizzelles for the pumpkin fanatics I know!  These have a mild pumpkin and spice taste, nothing overwhelming, but very good and sure to be appreciated by everyone!   They are a nice change from the traditional pizzelles for the fall.  You do need an electric pizzelle maker and mine is by Villaware, without Teflon, which I think makes the best delicate, thin pizzelles. Enjoy!”   Makes: …

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Annie’s Fettuccine with Lobster Sauce

“This is a tribute to my sister Annie.  She and I used to talk recipes all the time and she loved sharing her recipes with anyone who asked.    Living a few states apart, we would have the phone to our ear with one of us in the middle of a recipe asking for help!  I miss my dear Annie!  She used to make me this lobster…

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Asparagus and Potato Frittata ~ Low-Calorie

“You can put your favorite veggies, meats, bacon, sausage, or cheese into a frittata tailored just for you.  You can add fewer eggs to make it very thin, or more eggs to make it thick. The old method was to first saute the vegetables and meats in oil and then add the eggs. For a low-calorie version I steam the veggies in the microwave first and then…

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Stewed Chicken in Tomatoes

One of my very favorite ways to have chicken is stewed in tomatoes! It is so simple and so amazingly delicious! No vegetables are in it except tomatoes, so it does not taste like a cacciatore. But stewing the chicken in tomatoes gives it a whole new tender texture and great taste throughout the meat!  This is one of my old-world recipes I just love! My great-aunt…

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Mixed Fruit Squares~Italian Bakery Style

    “Here is my version of Italian bakery raisin squares. I use mixed dried fruit instead of just raisins and I add a hint of orange. You can use any dried fruit combination you like!  The crust is just perfect for this heavy filling!  It is nice and sturdy and VERY tasty!   I say this is a special treat that is totally worth the effort! …

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7-Layer Italian Dip

“If you are a fan of the 7-Layer Mexican Dip, or any other baked dip, you will love this one! You can substitute ground beef or turkey for the sausage, and change-up the layers to your own taste. Other veggies like mushrooms, onions, or broccoli would be great! Add whatever YOU like in the layers and it will still be outrageous! This is a great…

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