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Sicilian Eggplant & Ricotta Pasta

Sicilian Eggplant & Ricotta Pasta by John Spottiswood

This is yet another wonderful Italian recipe that I've adapted from Marcella Hazan's classic "Essentials of Italian Cooking". This one is good enough that my wife put a little smily face in the upper corner of the recipe and wrote "It's a keeper!". I think you'll feel the same way. We served this for friends with a wonderful citrus…

12 votes
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Italian Penne Pasta Salad

Italian Penne Pasta Salad by daphne sy

I thought I’d try a new type of posts – since I read so many food blogs myself, I always end up bookmarking tons of recipes I want to try. You can find all of them on my Delicious account. Well I actually tried an Italian pasta recipe yesterday. I got this recipe from All Recipes and was very happy with the results. I’ve really…

2 votes
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Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli by John Spottiswood

This roasted broccoli recipe, adapted from the Barefoot Contessa, is really wonderful. It has a lot of flavor. We served it with a mild pasta, and it was just a wonderful combination. Don't be worried by the lemon juice and zest. They impart a subtle flavor that adds a nice dimension to this dish.

25 votes
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Shaved Brussels Sprout and Farro Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprout and Farro Salad by John Spottiswood

This recipe is adapted from one by Susan Spungen. I thought it was phenomenal. If you can't find Farro, you coud substitute brown rice or pearl barley, but get Farro if you can. It's wonderful. You might consider serving this as a side for Thanksgiving. It would make a great addition.

3 votes
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Tofu Honey Panna Cotta with Blood Oranges, and Pistachio

Tofu Honey Panna Cotta with Blood Oranges, and Pistachio by House Foods America

Chef Wong combines complimentary colors and textures in this flavorful and satisfying Italian dessert. Recipe created by Chef Lee Anne Wong For House Foods America

1 vote
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PURPLE AND WHITE EGGPLANT PARMIGIANA--BAKED--NOT FRIED

PURPLE AND WHITE EGGPLANT PARMIGIANA--BAKED--NOT FRIED by Cecelia Heer

I think that the first time I ever made eggplant parmigiana was in 1979. Back then, it was the "typical pizza parlor" dish with eggplant fried in vegetable oil and then covered with that Polly-O mozzarella cheese "stuff" that was wrapped in plastic and tasted as such, dusted with Parmigiano "cheese" that had the consistency of baby…

1 vote
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Spinach and Ricotta Balls - Gnudis

Spinach and Ricotta Balls - Gnudis by John Spottiswood

I've been looking for tasty ways to cook spinach and wild greens because they are so healthful. This one is fantastic. These are called Gnudis in Florence because they are "nude", e.g. missing the pasta on the outside. These are sort of like a spinach ravioli without the pasta. If that doesn't sound all that flavorful to you, wait…

6 votes
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Frittata ai carciofi (Artichoke Frittata)

Frittata ai carciofi (Artichoke Frittata) by Frank Fariello

The frittata is one of those categories of dishes, like risotto, where the main ingredient, in this case egg, can act as a foil to an almost infinite variety of flavors, be it meat, fish or vegetable. So by learning a single technique, you open up a whole new culinary galaxy. One of my favorite frittate, especially this time of year,…

5 votes
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Ricotta and Greens or Spinach Pasta

Ricotta and Greens or Spinach Pasta by John Spottiswood

This is another excellent dish that takes advantage of delicious and healthy greens. This is a Sicilian dish that I absolutely love. Our kids all went back for seconds. It's also quite beautiful...the lousy picture I took does not do it justice. A healthy and yummy treat! This is also adapted from Red White and Greens by Faith…

4 votes
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Pizza Sauces

Pizza Sauces by I Sicilian

Stop the pizza delivery man, for ever! Unless… it’s being delivered directly from Sicily. I am sure that if you try this homemade pizza you will never buy into any impersonator again. Although most of us think of pizza as a round pie colored in red and white, pizza like pasta comes in different shapes, different thicknesses, with…

7 votes
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Sauteed Zucchini in Homemade Tomato Sauce

Sauteed Zucchini in Homemade Tomato Sauce by Denise Sherin

I love homemade tomato sauce, it's so much better than jarred sauce. As a summer side dish I add sauteed zucchini, it's so yummy. I recently served it as a side with baked cod and we wound up putting it right over the fish it was terrific!

1 vote
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CAULIFLOWER mushroom ' Farfalle ' PASTA

CAULIFLOWER mushroom ' Farfalle ' PASTA by Foodessa

Aromatic, flavourful and satisfying pasta meal. Just a HANDFUL to cook in 30 minutes or less. For a dedicated post...refer to: http://www.foodessa.com/2010/05/cauliflower-mushroom-farfalle-pasta.html

1 vote
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Chilled Italian Zucchini Appetizer

Chilled Italian Zucchini Appetizer by John Spottiswood

This is a fantastic recipe that I adapted from Marcella Hazen. She recommends serving this at room temperature, but I've had a similar broccoli appetizer at a great local Italian restaurant and they chill it, so I thought I would too. I think it would be great either way. If it's hot out, and a chilled appetizer would be nice, then…

6 votes
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CINNAMON POACHED PEAR WITH ALMOND PANNA COTTA, ORANGE SORBET

CINNAMON POACHED PEAR WITH ALMOND PANNA COTTA, ORANGE SORBET by CHEF ASHRAF ABD ALEEM ELKHARBOTLY

CINNAMON POACHED PEAR WITH ALMOND PANNA COTTA, ORANGE SORBET

1 vote
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Whole Grain Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)

Whole Grain Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad) by Mark Bittman

This Italian peasant dish is most often no more than stale bread, tomatoes, and olive oil, but I like adding a little something crunchy and green. It's also a good vehicle for leftover grilled vegetables--like eggplant, zucchini, or mushrooms--or for hard boiled eggs or anchovies. When tomatoes aren't in season, try the dried fruit…

3 votes
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