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Roman Stracciatella Soup

by Janelle 04.19.2012
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Considered a “peasant food” in Italy, Stracciatella soup has been around for ages and originates from Rome. Stracciatella is simply an Italian version of egg drop soup. In this recipe, I made a few small modifications from the traditional recipes, including adding escarole and orzo to make it a full, albeit light, meal. It’s simple, […]

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Happy Easter!

by Janelle 04.08.2012

Wishing all a very Happy Easter!  I just baked this traditional Italian Easter pie and had to share. With layers of flaky, buttery phyllo surrounding a creamy ricotta center, flavored with fresh orange zest, vanilla and pine nuts. Check out the recipe for this delicious pie here, courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis.

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Crazy for Colomba! Italy’s Easter Delight

by Janelle 03.19.2012
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When I lived in Lugano, Swizterland, I would always look forward to the delicious pastries served during Eastertime – my favorite was Colomba, a sweet, spongy, eggy Easter bread in the shape of a dove. The cake-like bread is soft, buttery, moist, sweet and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I hadn’t had it since living in Europe, so […]

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Three Garlic Pasta

by Janelle 02.02.2012
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If you love garlic and are looking for a quick, easy dinner full of flavor, look no further than Three Garlic Pasta. It’s a supercharged version of “spaghetti with garlic and oil,” amplified by garlic prepared 3 ways – roasted, sliced and chopped. To roast the garlic in the oven, use a terra cotta garlic […]

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Melanzane Arroste Sottoaceto – Roasted Eggplant in Balsamic Vinegar

by Janelle 08.15.2011
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For a taste of the Mediterranean at home, I can think of no better dish to prepare then Melanzane Arroste Sottoaceto – Roasted Eggplant in Balsamic Vinegar. My grandmother’s recipe is always a hit, with its vibrant zing of tangy balsamic vinegar and mix of fresh basil and mint coating dozens of pieces of smoky, […]

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Caprese on a Stick : Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Skewers

by Janelle 05.29.2011
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I have a great recipe today for an easy, healthy and delicious summer appetizer that is fun to make. Instead of making a traditional tomato and mozzarella salad, try using skewers to create fun, pick-me-up “Caprese Sticks” that your guests will love. You can add variations to this recipe based on your favorite Caprese salad […]

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Crazy for Cacio e Pepe? Check Out Two Recipes from NYC Hotspot Maialino…

by Janelle 05.12.2011
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If you have ever dined in Rome’s famous Roman Ghetto, you have most likely tried Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe. Situated in the Sant’Angelo district, the Roman Ghetto is rich in history and boasts some of the best rustic “comfort-food” cuisine in all of Italy. Cacio e Pepe – meaning literally cheese and pepper – is […]

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Traditional Italian Easter Pie

by Janelle 04.12.2011
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My favorite dessert for the Easter holiday has always been Italian Easter Pie. An Italian tradition, Easter Pie is made by mixing cooked rice with fresh ricotta, eggs, sugar and toasted pine nuts and wrapping the mixture in layers of crispy, buttery phyllo. Orange zest is added to take the ricotta and rice mixture to […]

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Soft Anise Biscotti

by Janelle 02.03.2011
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You will love this recipe for an unexpected twist on traditional biscotti. Instead of a crunchy, crumbly cookie, these biscotti are soft, spongy, cake-like and light as a feather! Have one in the morning with your coffee and you’ll be hooked. Read more for my recipe…

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Lemon Anginetti (Italian Drop Cookies)

by Janelle 01.14.2011
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Today I’d love to share a recipe for one of my favorite Italian cookies… Lemon Anginetti. These delicious Italian drop cookies are traditionally made for holidays and celebrations, but are a delightful choice for anytime of year. Although there are many variations of the traditional recipe, my favorite is the addition of lemon extract to […]

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