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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 [...]

Cod Sautéed in Olive Oil with Parsley and Garlic

Cod Sautéed in Olive Oil with Parsley and Garlic

The following fish recipe yields a delicious, garlic infused, parsley sauce and delicate, moist cod.  Our cod sautéed in olive oil with parsley and garlic recipe does call for a good amount of olive oil but it forms the base of the green sauce as well as the basting liquid so we suggest you incorporate the entire 1/4 cup of olive [...]

Mozzarella

Mozzarella

Mozzarella has its origins in southern Italy and is a fresh cheese originally made from (water) bufala (female water buffalo) milk  but nowadays is usually made from whole, cow’s, milk.  The technique used to produce mozzarella, and other fresh cheeses,  is referred to as Pasta filata (i.e., “spun paste”) also known as stretched-curd, pulled-curd, and plastic-curd cheeses (which are usually also [...]

Arugula, ChickPea, Red Onion, Fennel, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad

Arugula, ChickPea, Red Onion, Fennel, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad

In our house, salads, of one sort of another, make an appearance 3-4 times per week.  We often consume peppery arugula with crispy fennel, romaine with feta, ripe tomatoes, and black olives, or Boston lettuce with red onion. The salads often follow a hearty bowl of soup made with farro, rice, or cut pasta and is served alongside fresh bread. [...]