Category Archives: Christmas

Broccoli with Garlic

With summers that heat up rapidly here we have had trouble in the past growing a good crop of broccoli that matures before it bolts. This year we planted it earlier and changed the planting location and now have been … Continue reading

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Beef Brisket

My sister requests brisket every year for her birthday, and this particular recipe is her new favorite. I use the flat cut of brisket as it cooks more evenly. Roast the brisket the day before you plan to serve it … Continue reading

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Herb Focaccia

The temperatures are still cool here so I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes for focaccia. Several years ago,  I posted a couple of recipes that use potatoes in the dough. This recipe is moist and flavorful … Continue reading

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Italian Fig Cookies (Cucidati II)

I posted a recipe for cucidati a few years ago but I recently tried a different dough recipe given to me by my cousin Barbara. I added cinnamon and orange zest to the tender and flaky dough. It is wonderful. … Continue reading

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Cod Oreganata

We are about half-way through March and I am growing tired of hearty cold-weather dishes and craving lighter meals such as fish. This recipe has its roots in Sicilian cooking. The flavorful, seasoned breadcrumb topping works well with any white … Continue reading

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Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

This ice cream is always a hit with family and friends. It is rich and creamy and simple to put together. It would be a nice Valentine’s Day dinner dessert. The recipe came from my friend Marie. Chocolate Hazelnut Ice … Continue reading

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 Creamy Polenta (Slow Cooker Method)

I have made polenta various ways over the years and have found that my favorite method for achieving creamy polenta is to start it on the stove and then transfer it to a slow cooker to simmer. Prepared this way, … Continue reading

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Pasta with Red Crab Sauce

This is an easy and delicious pasta dish for an Italian Christmas Eve fish dinner. You can make the sauce in advance then just reheat it and add the crab. Merry Christmas! Pasta with Red Crab Sauce 1/4 cup olive … Continue reading

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Roasted Mushroom and Shallot Lasagna

This is my new favorite lasagna recipe. I love the roasted mushrooms in place of meat. If you can’t find mushroom bouillon cubes, then use a spoonful of vegetable ‘Better than Bouillon’ soup base. I usually make the sauce a … Continue reading

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Beef Tenderloin

This beef tenderloin recipe is a lovely special occasion dish. When I purchase the meat I look for a good quality beef cut labeled PSMO (Peeled, Silver Skin, Side Muscle On), when I can find it because, although it involves … Continue reading

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