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Rainbow Cookies

Rainbow Cookies

In my parent’s region of Italy (Calabria) almond paste cookies are abundant, but rainbow cookies aren’t found in southern Italy (and to the best of my knowledge the rest of Italy is also devoid of this moist and luscious cookie).  Rainbow cookies are an Italian American invention and most likely created to honor the color of the Italian flag.  However, [...]

Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef

Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef

You won’t find an Italian American household which doesn’t produce a version of the ubiquitous stuffed peppers with ground beef and to be honest we weren’t always fans of the dish. Our dislike for stuffed peppers most likely emanated from bland, rice based, stuffings and semi cooked green, bell, peppers .  However, stuffed peppers can be made well as well as [...]

Tortelloni with Cream Sauce

Tortelloni with Cream Sauce

As our fans know and understand we’re big believers in from scratch cooking but we’re also food pragmatist; that is to say, we understand that homemade food can, at times, be semi-homemade.  Case in point, is a wonderful semi fresh pasta from the Italian company Giovanni Rana.  Giovanni Rana, a 50-year old Italian pasta company with an excellent reputation in [...]

Italian White Corn Bread

Italian White Corn Bread

Italian Corn Bread When my wife (then girlfriend) visited my parent’s home for her first Italian themed Thanksgiving she was bewildered by the selection of non traditional Thanksgiving day foods such as pasta, salumi, olives, various vegetables, nuts, fruits, cheeses, and pastries (I offered no explanation, but suggested she eat as much as possible so as to not offend the [...]

Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Scordo Thanksgiving Food Tradition My immediate family immigrated from Italy in the early 1970′s and immediately adopted the traditional Thanksgiving meal.  My parents, who lived with my grandparents, tell me the first Scordo Thanksgiving meal featured a whole turkey, mashed potatoes, and something akin to sausage stuffing.  Of course, the meal included other “essential” best Thanksgiving side dishes such as [...]

Pasta all Norma or Pasta with Eggplant, Tomato Sauce, and Ricotta

Pasta all Norma or Pasta with Eggplant, Tomato Sauce, and Ricotta

Pasta Alla Norma is perhaps the most popular pasta dish to emanate from Sicily.  Pasta alla Norma dates back to the 19th century and the legend goes that it was so popular that it was named after Sicilian composer Bellini’s successful opera Norma to honor both the dish and the opera (according to Nino Martoglio, a famous Sicilian theater director). [...]

Baratza Preciso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Baratza Preciso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Baratza Preciso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder If I’ve learned anything about making good coffee is that technique and ingredients are paramount.  For example, if you buy your coffee pre-ground and in bulk your morning cup will most likely be mediocre.  Moreover, if you utilize a traditional drip machine or Keurig style brewer you’re making coffee with the incorrect water temperature [...]

Grilled Fennel-Crusted Pork Chops

Grilled Fennel-Crusted Pork Chops

Grilled Fennel-Crusted Pork Chops Pork in the US used to be an awful affair.  That is to say, the meat was often tough and lacked the well marbled (and fatty) composition of pork found in Italy and France, for example.  Fast forward about 20 years and pork chop aficionados can find high quality chops (and other cuts of pork) with [...]

Chicken Involtini or Involtini Di Pollo (Stuffed Chicken Breasts)

Chicken Involtini or Involtini Di Pollo (Stuffed Chicken Breasts)

Involtini Di Pollo or Chicken Involtini (Stuffed Chicken Breasts) is a fabulous way to manipulate chicken breast to get the most out of a usually bland cut of chicken.  Our Involtini Di Pollo recipe features a stuffing with spinach, mushrooms, and mozzarella.    We also flour our involtini prior to pan frying and then slowly simmer the stuffed chicken breasts in chicken [...]

Rok Espresso Maker

Rok Espresso Maker

The Rok Espresso Maker is a $199 manual espresso maker that we wanted to like but just couldn’t grow found of nor use with any consistency.  The Rok is made of high quality aluminum and designed/manufactured with simplicity in mind.  Unfortunately, we had trouble pulling anything close to a decent semi automatic / super automatic type of espresso shot; specifically [...]