Monthly Archives: March 2015

My Grandfather’s Easter Leg of Lamb

This is the leg of lamb recipe that my Sicilian grandfather made, and taught his family to make, for Easter dinner. My Aunt Fran has been preparing her Easter lamb this way ever since I can remember. It is relatively … Continue reading

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Italian Ricotta Cheesecake

This is my favorite ricotta cheesecake recipe. It is moist and creamy and I love the subtle citrus overtones. I will occasionally add orange flower water and candied orange peel. It is optional. Variations of this recipe could include chopped … Continue reading

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Pizza Gaina

Pizza gaina (also called pizza chiena or pizza rustica) is a quiche-like Italian savory Easter pie. Traditionally it is made with a bottom and top crust, but I have found that, if we fill up on a heavy savory pie … Continue reading

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Pasta with Breadcrumbs

This is a very simple and fast pasta dish. I make my own breadcrumbs out of stale baguettes, then put the crumbs in jars and freeze. 1/2 lb. angel hair pasta 1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil 5-6 cloves garlic, … Continue reading

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Zeppole are Italian cream puffs traditionally served on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19th). The dough can be fried or baked, I prefer the baked version. Zeppole can be filled with ricotta cream or with a thick, piped custard filling. Below is the … Continue reading

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Italian Romanesco Broccoli with Pickled Peppers

Romanesco broccoli is a cross between a cauliflower and broccoli. It is quite stunning with its spiky buds and lime green color, and milder than cauliflower with a slightly nutty flavor. It is delicious simply boiled and dressed with a … Continue reading

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Crumb Cake

Crumb cakes are very popular on the East Coast. We almost always had a crumb cake in the house when I was growing up because my dad and brother loved it. My son, like his grandfather, loves crumb cake and … Continue reading

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