Monthly Archives: March 2016

Chickpea Minestra

In my Italian American family the term minestra was used to refer to soup or a soupy pasta dish.  This recipe for chickpea minestra is a soupy version of pasta with chickpeas and is my favorite of the pasta with … Continue reading

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Ricotta Cake with Chocolate and Cherries

Years ago when we lived in Upstate New York I belonged to a monthly gourmet luncheon club. We rotated homes with the hostess chosing the food theme. It was potluck with each guest bringing a dish to share. One Christmas … Continue reading

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Artichokes Stuffed with Mushrooms and Shallots

We always have stuffed artichokes and grilled artichokes to accompany the lamb for our Easter celebration. This recipe is a nice variation on the stuffed artichoke theme using roasted mushrooms and shallots along with breadcrumbs for the stuffing. It is … Continue reading

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Hungarian Babka

Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays. When I’ve talked with my oldest Italian cousins about Easter traditions during their childhood, when my grandparents were still alive, several mentioned that on Easter morning there was fresh baked yeast … Continue reading

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Sfingi (Ricotta Fritters)

Sfingi are ricotta fritters typically served in Italy and Sicily for St. Joseph’s Day on March 19th. They are sometimes called zeppole. I have several family recipes for them, but the one I like best is adapted from my aunt … Continue reading

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Italian-Style Chicken with Potatoes and Sausage

This dish is one of my favorite Italian-American one-pot meals. My mother and grandmother each made a version of it and we had it often when I was growing up. Be sure to use good quality Italian sausage with fennel … Continue reading

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Carrot and Kohlrabi Salad

If you are getting tired of roasted or boiled vegetables with dinner, try this light and refreshing winter salad. I love raw kohlrabi; it is a nice complement to the carrots and parsley. You can also add some fresh dill … Continue reading

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