food. family. life.

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    dan’s open bar: va napoli

    Long holiday weekends. 3 days. A moment to sleep in and wake with time on your hands. Time to listen to yourself, do what your heart desires, a time when your favorite things…

  • cucinadimammina_spicy pork burgers_02

    spicy & smoky pork burgers

    I have been experimenting with using organic wood chips (hickory and mesquite) when grilling on my charcoal grill the past few summers. I love the smokiness and flavor it adds to…

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    crostata di pesca: {peach crostata}

    Summer is the best time to take advantage of some of the best fresh imported and local fruits at the peak of their flavors and textures. My famiglia and I really love the…

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    {summer}: trio of green vegetables

    I love green vegetables. Green vegetables can be sweet, savory, bitter or buttery in texture and flavor. My famiglia’s table was always filled with two to three green…

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    pizza di quattro stagioni: {pizza of the four seasons}

    The first time I tasted pizza in Italia was in the small town of Sora where my parents were born and raised. My father’s brother took us down to the center of town one late…

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    eggplant involtini

    This is a wonderful recipe that uses one of my favorite vegetables, the eggplant. There are so many varieties of eggplant depending on how you wish to prepare them. For this dish,…

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    summer fresh tomato sauce

    Summer tomatoes. The stuff of dreams. …The strong perfume of the tomato plant filled my senses as my hands moved the leaves aside to pick the ripened fruit for our…

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    summer solstice: spicy eggs, italian caffe shakerato & a bowl of cherries

    Summer solstice I watch as each hot, humid day winds down into a warm, sultry summer evening. Life has slowed to a pace that I prefer. Time moves slowly. I often find myself…

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    roasted salmon & fennel maltagliati pasta

    Summer is the season to enjoy lighter fare in the warm sultry evenings. My famiglia and I eat less pasta and more grilled meats, fish and vegetables as well as the abundance of…

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    roasted salt & vinegar potatoes

    I adore vinegar. In many countries like Italy, Spain and France, making wine vinegar is a closely connected tradition to the wine making process each year. I have watched my…

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    greek lamb burgers with yogurt & cucumber tzatziki sauce

    Memorial Day. A day of remembrance with quiet respect and honor for those who serve this beautiful country of ours in times of peace and in times of war.…

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    koulourakia {greek sesame twist cookies}

    My parents have told me hundreds of stories of when they first arrived in New York from Italia. They had to learn so much and were often feeling so overwhelmed and lost in this…

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    chicken piccata (piccata di pollo)

    What is piccata? The definition of the italian word  “piccata” basically means “larded” or tasty, savoury or piquant (sharp) like the flavor of lemon or…

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    green vegetable tart al la reggio emiglia

    {mother’s day poetry: for annette} there was a time when life without you was impossible. every breath they took, every step, every word came from you now babies…

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    spring: capellini al la carbonara

    This is my lighter version of the classic carbonara, a pasta dish with spaghetti, cured smoked bacon or guanciale and mixed with whole organic egg, egg yolks, grated…

  • cucinadimammina_mini limoncello_lemon tortes_24

    mini limoncello and lemon tortes

    Sweet treats and indulgences are one of my life’s secret luxuries. There are those of us who love chocolate (I adore dark chocolate) and those of us who prefer the sweetness…

  • cucinadimammina_spinach eggplant & zucchini lasagna_88

    spinach, eggplant and zucchini lasagna

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday. In Italia, Pasqua (Easter) is second only to Christmas, a very important holiday to most as it marks the resurrection of Jesus…

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    primavera: egg yolk with egg tagliolini & spring vegetables

    Italy celebrates spring with an abundance of seasonal vegetables that gracefully leads us in to the preparations of an upcoming Easter (Pasqua) holiday. This day is celebrated all…

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    breakfast: quinoa with sauteed vegetables & soft cooked egg

    I love breakfast. But my idea of breakfast is very different from what is most common here in the U.S. I was taught to eat simple fare like espresso and milk (or cappuccino) with…

  • cucinadimammina_polpettone ripiene_36

    stuffed meatloaf with tomato & onion ragu

    Mammina Loreta has taught me many things about cooking simple classic food over the years. I now love that she and I can teach each other new recipes, new flavors every time we…

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    flourless chocolate cake with chocolate-dipped orange segments & sea salt

    St. Valentine’s Day. A day based on a somewhat confusing history of pagan fertility festivals and the romantic story of St. Valentine, his love of love and romance and his…

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    involtini di pollo con spinaci e pomodori secchi

    I am falling out of love with chicken. I find it to be somewhat tasteless these days and difficult to create new recipes for my blog, especially when I am using chicken breasts.…

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    carciofini al forno (baked baby artichokes)

    {food confession.} I am an artichoke (carciofi) addict. I can eat them everyday, all day especially when they are in season in the spring months. The best way to enjoy these…

  • cucinadimammina_asian chicken patties_rice cakes & coleslaw_9

    asian chicken patties with vegetable rice cakes & asian coleslaw

    mondays. Not a day that I particularly enjoy. Even though I work from home now and I have a very flexible schedule; Monday is the day that represents the sad end to a fabulous…

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    pane d’ altamura

    I have researched and tried many authentic Italian bread recipes in the past five years or so. Many were edible, even pretty tasty, but the texture I was looking for seemed…

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    spaghetti with tuna

    Christmas Eve is one of my favorite moments of the year. I adore lighted trees and the homes decorated so beautifully; walking into Mammina Loreta and Papa Pierino’s house…

  • cucinadimammina_eggplant parmigiana_6

    eggplant parmigiana

    {buon giorno} The holiday season is happening right in front of our eyes and I for one am happy to see the season surround me with its warm welcoming moments. I love the aroma of…

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    rustic hand-cut pappardelle with ragu’ bolognese

    Our Thanksgiving celebration was unique and special for us this year as we were not with either side of our famiglia and feeling a bit displaced. Dan, me and the girls were…

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    tuscan vegetable & quinoa minestrone soup with rustic pesto ciabatta croutons

    Sometimes I just want to eat something warm, healthy and light for dinner. Mammina Loreta and Papa Pierino taught me about eating lots of vegetables, small portions of pasta and…

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    cauliflower patties

    Seasonal fall vegetable dishes in the Italian food culture are always favorites in my famiglia as they represent a warm and hearty accompaniment to all varieties of roasted meats,…