Category Archives: Italian

Gnocchi con Ragu

Potato Gnocchi with Tomato-Beef Ragu.  Little puffs of heaven. I’m not used to making Gnocchi with a red sauce, but I’m game for anything that has the word, “Gnocchi” in it.  Like a pillow for my taste buds.  Love it. … Continue reading

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Torta de Riso

Saffron-Rice Pie with Spiced Tomato Jam.  Hello deliciousness. This reminds me of a legitimate Heigh / Sollie family dish- Spaghetti Pie.  May be you have also had that in your family.  I will say, this is a more tasty version- … Continue reading

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Spiced Tomato Jam

This is going to accompany a future dish, but I saw the opportunity to prepare something in advance, so I’m going to take it so I don’t end up with the fiasco I had with my last dish. (remember this?) … Continue reading

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Pizzoccheri alla Valtellinese

mmm… not sure what the translation is here.  I can tell you it’s a big mess of buckwheat noodles, cheese, and leafy greens. This is another recipe from Cooking with Italian Grandmothers. I’m pretty sure I’ve never eaten a buckwheat … Continue reading

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Two Sides

Peperoni al Forno (Roasted Peppers with Garlic and Parsley) and Fennel and Lemon Salad.  mmmm…. vegetable dishes I can stand behind. Lets start with the roasted peppers-     Typically, when I am roasting peppers, I just put them directly … Continue reading

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Timpan di Patate

Potato Pie with Prosciutto and Smoked Mozzarella. What could be wrong with that? This recipe from Cooking with Italian Grandmothers has everything you could hope for… potato, butter, cured meats, smoked cheese- delicious. This is actually the main dish in a … Continue reading

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Testaroli

Yet again, a dish that sounds better under the Italian name than “Chewy Mountain Pancakes with Pesto.” I had made Pesto for the Minestrone, and though I halved the recipe, I knew there was going to be quite a bit left … Continue reading

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Minestrone di Verdura con Pesto

Doesn’t that sound divine?  So much more exotic than “Vegetable Minestrone with Pesto” but that is the rough translation. I love soups.  I make them about once a week in the winter months, so I had to try this recipe … Continue reading

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Eat your Vegetables

After a pretty fatty weekend, I felt the need to eat something a bit more healthy.  I found this recipe out of my new favorite cookbook: Cooking With Italian Grandmothers. Vincenzo’s Broccoli and Pine Nut Pasta First: Steam a head … Continue reading

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Room for Dessert

From Cooking with Italian Grandmothers, I made these Roasted Apples with Hazelnut, Bitter Chocolate and Lemon Zest.  That counts as a fruit… right? These were actually quite easy- peel an apple and hollow it out with a melon baller.  Fill … Continue reading

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