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Sicilian Meatballs with Fresh Basil Marinara

October 25, 2013 by andrea | Comments Off on Sicilian Meatballs with Fresh Basil Marinara | Filed in Comfort Food, Italian, Kid-friendly, Main Dish, Recipes

  If you’ve never made homemade meatballs, it’s time to step up to the plate and give it a swing. Sure, you can buy a bag of them at the grocery store but there’s really no comparison between a good, homemade meatball and the spongey, frozen store-bought variety! These Sicilian Meatballs are flavored with fresh herbs, good parmesan cheese (worth […]

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Wild Arugula Salad with Garlic Croutons, Shaved Parmesan, and Lemon

April 9, 2013 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Salad

We’re definitely moving into salad weather so here’s a recipe featuring pungent and peppery arugula tossed with homemade croutons, shaved Parmesan cheese and lightly dressed with good olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Don’t even think about using store-bought croutons. Homemade croutons are super easy to make and so much tastier! This is a simply-flavored salad […]

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Quick and Easy Cioppino

October 8, 2012 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Fish, Italian, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Seafood, Shrimp, Soup/Stew

We spent last weekend at a friend’s house in Newport, Oregon. Since we were at the coast I thought it would be fun to make this delicious cioppino — a tomato-based fish stew that originated in San Francisco — for dinner. It was a perfect meal after a day spent walking along the beach and searching for hidden […]

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Grilled Portobella Sandwiches with Tomatoes, Mozzarella & Basil

July 2, 2012 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Grilling/BBQ, Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Vegetable, Vegetarian

I made this Italian-inspired sandwich recently for a friend’s birthday lunch. It’s hearty, delicious and a creative way to enjoy a meat-free meal! Think of a caprese salad (tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar) in the form of a sandwich with the addition of a grilled portobella mushroom…Delish! To prep the portobella mushrooms, cut off […]

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Mozzarella and Basil

December 29, 2011 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Appetizer, Holidays, Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Snack

Here’s a quick and very delicious appetizer to serve this New Year’s Eve…or anytime, for that matter. Basically, it’s a bite-sized version of prosciutto-wrapped (pronounced proh-shoo-toh) caprese salad. Prosciutto is an Italian salt-cured ham that can be found in many supermarkets and gourmet food stores. I found mine at Trader Joe’s. Actually, I got everything for this recipe […]

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Penne in Country Ragù

April 11, 2011 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Pork, Recipes

Because I love Italian sausage, I always try to have some on hand so I can make simple pasta dishes like this one. The ragù gets flavor from the sausage, a little red wine, garlic and some fresh basil.  And, if you make it a day ahead, it’s a perfect meal for entertaining because all you have to do […]

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Muffuletta-Style Grilled Ham-and-Cheese Sandwiches

March 23, 2011 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Italian, Quick Cooking, Sandwich

Now this is a serious sandwich…and super easy, too! The muffuletta, the famous hero-style sandwich that originated in New Orleans, consists of deli meat, cheese, and an olive and giardiniera salad.  Giardiniera is basically a jarred pickled vegetable salad, and can be found next to the pickles in many grocery stores. The giardiniera I buy (Mezzetta brand) contains carrots, celery, […]

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Caramelized Carrot Risotto

March 11, 2011 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Comfort Food, Italian, Main Dish, Recipes, Rice, Side Dish, Spring, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Recently, I was looking for carrot recipes and ran across this one for Caramelized Carrot Risotto. Since roasted carrots are one of my favorite winter side dishes and risotto is my favorite rice dish, I knew I had to make this recipe. While not a quick dish to make, it is definitely comfort food. The […]

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Italian Wedding Soup

February 3, 2011 by andrea | 6 Comments | Filed in Chicken, Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes, Soup/Stew

My first thought was, “Do Italian people really eat this at weddings?” I’m not Italian so it’s an honest question, don’t you think? After a little research, though, I learned that the “wedding” part refers to the fact that the vegetables and meat go well together in this Italian-American soup (hence the marriage). Whatever the history, it’s […]

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Turkey and Roasted Red Pepper Panini

January 18, 2011 by andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Turkey

I make paninis all the time now that I have an electric panini grill. Even though they’re really just a glorified grilled cheese sandwich, I get raves every time I make them for family and friends. This particular recipe is a good example of simple ingredients that yield tasty results: turkey breast, roasted red peppers, melty cheese, […]

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