Browsing Category Italian

Zeppole-Italian Donuts

Zeppole, the Donuts! Not zeppole, the pastries filled with a sweet cream! These little, spongy, light puffy balls have a sweet dough. They may or may not have ricotta in the recipe. I prefer the RICOTTA ones! I think ricotta makes them softer inside. They are quickly fried in oil, then dusted with confectioner’s sugar. Zeppole populate behind the glass counters in pizza parlors everywhere…

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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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Tortellini Alfredo

This Tortellini Alfredo Tortellini Alfredo, is light, not sickeningly heavy. It’s cheese sauce is so delicious! It is FAST and EASY to do! You make it in UNDER 10 MINUTES while the tortellini is boiling! Peas is classic in Tortellini Alfredo, but I don’t always use them. Bill doesn’t like peas but he likes them in this! I use whatever vegetables I happen to have…

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Fettuccine with Lobster Sauce, Annie’s Best!

Annie, my dear sister, was superb cook who aimed to please! Whenever I visited her in Rhode Island, she knew this dish was my first answer to her question, “What do you want me to make for you?” While preparing it, she’d turn around from the pot with a smile and say, “Okay, I just added my secret ingredient!” It took me several visits to…

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Asparagus and Potato Frittata

You can put anything you want into a frittata! Choose any vegetables you want, or meats, bacon, sausage or cheese. You can add less eggs to make it very thin, or more eggs to make it thick.  The classic method is to fry the vegetables in oil first, then add in the eggs. For a healthier version I steam the vegetables in the microwave. I…

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Amy’s Italian Green Beans

I LOVE this delicious green bean recipe my daughter Amy came up with! And so does everyone! Even the ones who don’t normally eat green beans! The crisp beans are so tasty with the butter and breadcrumbs and it couldn’t be any easier to prepare.  It comes together SO QUICKLY!!! It’s about 5 minutes from start to finish!   She knows I expect this at…

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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-style Fig Squares or Raisin Squares. I use MIXED DRIED FRUIT with a hint of orange. My filling mixture here was raisins, prunes, and dates.  For the fruit filling you can be traditional and use just figs, or use a combination of figs, apricots, mangos, peaches.  Use any dried fruit combination you like!   I just love all dried fruit!…

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