Spaghetti Carbonara

How many times have you stood staring into your refrigerator wondering what to make for dinner? If you have, you certainly aren’t alone and Spaghetti Carbonara might be the answer as it only takes a few simple ingredients. If you’ve got fresh eggs, bacon or pancetta, pecorino Romano or other hard Italian grating cheese and […]

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Cheese Steak With Broccoli Rabe, The Best Italian Sandwich

Everyone loves a sandwich but when it is for dinner, you would like it to be special. My Italian Cheese Steak With Broccoli Rabe, is the best sandwich I’ve had in a long time. Thinly sliced steak, caramelized onions and melted sharp provolone cheese is topped with healthy, garlicky broccoli rabe and served on a toasted […]

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Spaghetti Squash With Chicken Meatballs And Basil Tomato Sauce

When it comes to preparing a recipe, it is only natural to be lured into cooking one that is a little naughty. We see wonderful food on the covers of magazines and on food blogs that is very tempting. I cook naughty occasionally and might prepare something like my classic Italian Sunday feast…pasta with a sauce cooked with […]

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Chicken Piccata With Spaghetti

Go to any traditional Italian restaurant anywhere in the world and there is one item that can usually be found on the menu…piccata. It is traditionally made with a thin slice of veal that has a light coating of flour that is sautéed, then sauced with a light lemon and caper butter sauce. Over time […]

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Lobster Fra Diavolo

On Saturday morning, I sent my husband to the market to buy some sliced turkey breast for lunch and he came home with five live lobsters. He said how could he resist the lobsters when they were selling for $3.99 a pound and the turkey breast he bought was $6.99 pound. I couldn’t argue with […]

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Arugula Salad With Figs, Prosciutto and Gorgonzola Dolce

When perfectly ripe figs are in season, there is nothing better than using them in a salad that compliments their wonderful sweet and succulent taste. Arugula salad with figs, prosciutto and gorgonzola dolce cheese is a great combination of bitter, sweet and salty flavors from Italy. It makes a lovely first course when entertaining friends. […]

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The Foraging Trilogy III: Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

This trilogy started with a day trip to Portland and a delicious lunch. The meal included a meze plate that had a wonderful Italian black pepper dry salami. I made a note to see if one of the local markets might have it in stock. While at the markets, I found fresh mushrooms that reminded […]

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The Foraging Trilogy II: To Market, To Market

I love visiting a city that has nice markets and Portland, Maine which is an hour away from our summer cottage on the lake, makes a great destination for searching out food sources. It was once named America’s foodiest small town for its great restaurants, fresh lobster, seafood and hand crafted beers. It is also […]

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Summer Eggplant Parmesan

Whether you have a garden or visit your local farmers market, right now there should be an abundance of tender sweet eggplants and juicy tomatoes. The first thing that pops into my mind is eggplant parmesan. But in the summer, I certainly don’t want to spend lots of time in the kitchen with the oven on […]

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Fregula Con Vongole, A Tradtional Pasta Dish From Sardinia

Spaghetti or linguini with clams is a very popular dish in most Italian restaurants, wherever in the world you may be dining.  The Italian island of Sardinia has its own version of pasta and clams known as Fregula (Fregola) Sarda con vongole. The dish can be found on the menu, whether you are in the […]

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