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Gelato Review: Gelato Di Babbo

Gelato Review: Gelato Di Babbo

(photo: two of the Gelato di Babbo flavors: key lime and coconut) Existential Thoughts on Gelato in America  Update: Gelato giveaway from Gelato di Babbo and Scordo.com (see below for details and how to enter) I’ve recently realized that one needs the psychological resilience of a Cylon to get through the winter months here in the Northeast.  And it’s not [...]

Frittata Recipes: Our Top 6 Frittatas

Frittata Recipes: Our Top 6 Frittatas

Everyone should love frittata – the glorified egg dish that is easy to prepare, cheap, and has enough flavor to wake up a Calabrian from an afternoon nap in the middle of August.  Frittata can be prepared with herbs, vegetables, leftover pasta, and cheese.  In fact, the very best frittata recipes are comprised of any high quality leftover you may [...]

Guide to Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano

Guide to Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano

Guide to Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano Parmigiano Reggiano is a hard Italian, cow’s milk (during production the milk may not be older than one day), cheese produced in Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, and Bologna all south of the Po River in Emilia-Romagna as well as in the Mantova area in Lombardia north of the Po River.  Parmigiano referring to the [...]

Rigatoni with Braised Short Ribs in Tomato Sauce Recipe

Rigatoni with Braised Short Ribs in Tomato Sauce Recipe

  (photo: final dish: large rigatoni with braised short ribs in tomato sauce) Short (beef) ribs are cut from the plate and rib section of the animal and are one of my favorite additions to tomato sauce during the winter months.  Short ribs are easy to prepare, relatively inexpensive (especially with the bone in), and make an ideal meat for [...]

Olli Salumeria Americana Review: Speck, Lomo, Coppa, and Salame

Olli Salumeria Americana Review: Speck, Lomo, Coppa, and Salame

Any time a new salumi company decides to open shop in the United States it’s cause for celebration.  And If the same company decides it’s going to raise it’s own heritage hogs in an antibiotic-free (and soon to be organic and nitrate free) open pasture environment, then the salumi company should be praised. The Virginia based Olli Salumeria Americana is, indeed, the laudable salumeria founded by [...]

The Five Things We Love About Calabria and the Italian Life

The Five Things We Love About Calabria and the Italian Life

By now you know of our connection to the region of Calabria in southern Italy and our familiar, immigrant, story. You know, for example, that our parents immigrated to the U.S. from a tiny hilltop village in southwest Calabria called Pellegrina in the 1970′s and that we’ve been influenced greatly by the traditions found in the region.  However, we’ve never told [...]

Canned Tuna in Olive Oil: Top Brands and Recipes

Canned Tuna in Olive Oil: Top Brands and Recipes

Canned Tuna, Really? As Suzzane Hamlin points out in her well written 1997 article for the New York Times, canned tuna is the best selling seafood in the country.  And your first reaction may be something akin to, “what, canned tuna, why don’t American’s buy fresh fish?”  Well, high quality fresh fish is, indeed, best but if you don’t have [...]

Scordo Pasta Challenge – Pasta Shape #102 Penne Lisce

Scordo Pasta Challenge – Pasta Shape #102 Penne Lisce

(photo: penne lisce with tomato sauce, photo taken with iPhone hence grainy picture) Say it slowly, almost in a whisper: “L-I-S-C-E” (doesn’t it sound sexy).  OK, come back to reality now and specifically the Scordo Pasta Challenge.  The word lisce is translated as smooth and part of the exquisite and versatile pasta shape known as penne lisce.  Penne lisce differs [...]

Homemade Whole Wheat Pita Recipe

Homemade Whole Wheat Pita Recipe

(photo: courtesy of Dr. K; pita bread puffing up in the oven) In the spirit of spreading love on Valentine’s Day I’d like to share a wonderful bread recipe and guest post by way of Dr. K.  This week the super home cook made homemade pita and the results are outstanding, as usual.  While pita isn’t an Italian food product [...]

Easy Roasted Chicken Recipe

Easy Roasted Chicken Recipe

By now, you must be tired of hearing how easy it is to prepare Italian food at home and you’re probably ready to drown me in extra virgin olive oil (that actually wouldn’t be a bad way to go as long as I had some good bread with me).  However, I woke up this morning with a cold chill running [...]