Monthly Archives: March 2013

Italian Style Grilled Leg of Lamb

Lamb has been the centerpiece of our Easter feast for many years. I have prepared it a number of ways but have found grilling a boneless leg of lamb to be a very flavorful way to cook lamb for the … Continue reading

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Hot Cross Buns

While most of our Easter traditions center around my Italian roots, I enjoy the baking traditions of other areas of Europe, too. Last year I posted a Polish/Russian babka recipe and this year I’m posting sweet buns from the British … Continue reading

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Wheat Berry and Spinach Salad with Roasted Peppers and Avocado

This salad is refreshing and delicious. The wheat berries add a chewy and nutty element, yet doesn’t overwhelm the salad. The sweet spinach came from my CSA bag from La Nay Ferme and marries well with roasted red peppers, creamy … Continue reading

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Italian Cherry Cookies

Each holiday and season in our family is marked by special foods, and I find that anticipating seasonal baked goods and produce keeps life interesting. I first made these Italian cherry cookies for Christmas, but their pastel pink color and … Continue reading

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Italian Easter Wheat Pie (Pastiera di Grano)

Easter morning was one of the most exciting days of the year when I was growing up. After the baskets were opened and we attended church services (in our new Easter clothes), we drove up to North Jersey to visit … Continue reading

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Italian Stuffed Artichokes

Easter is less than a month away and, since it is one of my favorite holidays, the next few posts will be devoted to some family food traditions associated with Easter. Every Italian family has its own stuffed artichoke recipe, … Continue reading

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