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Sicily on My Table

Nova_6388October 25, 2015Sicily on My Table

A few days after returning from Sicily, my suitcase had yet to be taken back to storage and my clothes while laundered were hidden away and awaiting their date with the ironing board. My priorities? Working on my trip photos and preparing a meal inspired by my culinary experiences. First things first. Continue Reading

My Last Supper and an Aha! Moment | A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

Call it a ‘death row supper“, a ‘last supper‘ or, perhaps less harsh, your ‘favorite meal‘. That’s this month’s challenge for the Creative Cooking Crew.

I faced a dilemma because I’m not immediately taken back to a childhood meal as some people might be — or to my first, well, anything. And, I’m fickle. I have just too damn many food ‘loves’.  Continue Reading

Old Traditions Die, a New Pasta Shape with Red Lentils and Walnuts

The first half of my life was very much influenced by my Italian-American surroundings … my paternal relatives, my Brooklyn and Staten Island neighborhoods, and my extended family and friends.

That meant I grew up eating all the traditional “Italian” foods of that era. Continue Reading

Trick or Treat: Meatballs + Spaghetti with Vodka Sauce for a Creative Culinary Crew Challenge

Nova_50October 01- 2014Halloween_spaghetti and meatballs-Edit

It’s October — and that means Halloween. And you know what Halloween means … nothing is quite like what it seems.

The Creative Cooking Crew’s challenge this month is to have some fun with the holiday. I decided to play a little virtual trick or treat. But it turned out more like a ‘trick and treat’. Continue Reading

The Italian BLT Triple Decker Sandwich | An Alliterative Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

The challenge: Take the iconic triple decker sandwich someplace it’s never been before. Oh yeah, and let’s make it an alliteration using at least 3 ingredients beginning with the same letter.

While the challenge (reasonably) called for making only one sandwich, I made two. Why? … because after the first one, I learned that “triple”refers to # of fillings, not slices of bread — although my original interpretation is a popular one shared by many. But, what the hell? I decided to create a totally different one.

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Our “Throwback” Italian Easter Dinner

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Easter dinner was an homage to “Nanny”, my brother-in-law’s mother, with whom we shared many Easters when we lived in New York. My sister did most of the cooking and, true to tradition, it was multi-coursed, calorie-laden, acid-inducing and molto delizioso. Continue Reading

Look What My Son Cooked for Me!

A couple of months ago I sent my son a text that went something like this: check out this link … we should do this for a party and by “we” I mean you since it requires patience and precision … oh, and it’s in German (I think), but the photos should be sufficient information.

And then I forgot about it until this weekend when Jim surprised me with a visit and dinner. Continue Reading

Polpettes di Salmone (Salmon Meatballs) in a Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Sauce

Everyone loves spaghetti and meatballs, don’t they? I do too, but I like to play around with different approaches — always trying to make it lighter, healthier and a little more modern. Continue Reading

Tuna Ragu, Parsley Aioli and Musings About Life and Food

If you’re lucky — and, more importantly, if you’re open to it, you never stop learning. I mean every day. There’s always something new to see, hear, think about, learn; isn’t here? Continue Reading

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