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Ciambotta – Southern Italian Vegetable Stew – Italian Grandma’ Gina

Ciambotta Italian Vegetable Stew Italian Grandma’ Gina   * Ciambotta “is a member of that hard-to-define category of Italian foods known as minestre, with a texture that generally falls somewhere between a thick soup and a stew.” Ciambotta       Ciambotta This is a wonderful “traditional” recipe and video (below) featuring our favorite Italian Grandma’ […]

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Pasta Fazool – Classic Pasta Fagioli – Italian Grandma’ Gina

Pasta Fazool / Pasta Fagioli Italian Grandma’ Gina Wonderful Recipe *   Pasta Fazool, that’s what we called Pasta Fagioli when we were growing up. It was and continues to be one of my favorite dishes. I guess you could call it a peasant dish but most of the foods we grew up with would […]

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Italian Potato Salad – Calabrese Style – Pina Cucina

Italian Potato Salad Calabrese Style Pina Cucina   * Italian Potato Salad just like my Calabrese Grandmother used to make. Potatoes, Garlic, Onion, Olive Oil, Salt and Oregano.. Simple and Delightful.   Italian Potato Salad made Calabrese Style: When you think Italian potatoes are not one of the foods that immediately jump to mind. However […]

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Nonna’s Minestrone – OMG – Easy to Follow Recipe

Nonna’s Minestrone – OMG – Easy to Follow Recipe   *   This is one of the recipes that I remember as a kid my mom and grandmom used to regularly make for us. Another simple recipe but delicious and very good for us. This is the type of food that kept us healthy and […]

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Making Homemade Vinegar

Making Homemade Vinegar Through the years we have learned the importance of Red Wine Vinegar in our diet. In my house we feel that it is actually one of the most important “pieces” of a healthy diet. In this video prepared by Gail Monaghan of the Wall Street Journal we can learn the nuances of […]

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Pickled Mushrooms – How to Make them – Green Renaissance

How to make Pickled Mushrooms – Green Renaissance –  I remember pickled mushrooms. They were usually little, brown and really delicious. Just another wonderful food that we as Italians would regularly enjoy. Back in the day many people picked their own mushrooms and then dropped a silver quarter into the water to insure that they […]

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Celebrating Cicoria – Dandelion Greens – Italian Cook Dani Spies

Celebrating Dandelion Greens – Italian Cook Dani Spies When I was a kid my grandmother, Nonna Madalena would take me across the street from our home, into a very large open field to pick Cicorie (dandelions). We would use a small paring knife and cut them off at the root. Loading them into a dozen […]

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Broccoli Rabe – “Rapini” – Without Bitterness

Broccoli Rabe  Italian Cook Tony Fall in Love With Making Broccoli Rabe without Bitterness  * Video Below We’re talking about Broccoli Rabe, one of the more misunderstood vegetables out there. Broccoli Rabe or Rapini is a greencruciferous vegetable. The edible pats are the leaves buds and stems. The buds soemwhat resemble broccoli but do not […]

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How to Cook Artichokes

How to Cook Artichokes  Wonderful Video. *   Globe artichokes are known to have been cultivated at Naples around the middle of the 9th century.     The artichoke is still considered a vaguely aphrodisiac tidbit that occasionally is preserved in sugar syrup. The  artichoke, native to the Mediterranean area, has records of use as […]

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Crispy Panzanella Salad – Fresh Tomatoes & Crispy Bread

Crispy Panzanella Salad Panzanella or panmolle is a Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes that’s popular in the summer. It includes chunks of soaked stale bread and tomatoes, sometimes also onions and basil, dressed with olive oil andvinegar. It is also popular in other parts of central Italy. The 16th-century artist and poet Bronzino sings the praises of onions with oil and vinegar served with toast and, a page later, speaks of a […]

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