Fathers Day BBQ

If you are still looking for some ideas for tomorrows Father’s Day BBQ, here are some suggestions.  These dishes are easy to make, full of summer colors, and very tasty.  I like to keep the meat simple with these sides that are packed full of flavor. They marry well with grilled Pork Tenderloins and Hot […]

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Memorial Day Picnic “Italian American”Style!!

Coming up with a menu for the biggest summer picnic weekend in America can be daunting.   Well, I have some ideas for a Memorable, Memorial Weekend, ” Italian -American Style”.  Most of the recipes you have already seen and hopefully tried, on my blog.   Now,  let’s create the perfect menu for your Memorial […]

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Mediterranean Grilled Chicken and Sundried Tomato Kabobs

Sun dried tomatoes, fresh oregano, garlic, lemons, and  virgin olive oil all remind me of the Mediterranean summers.  When I make this grilled chicken dish, I am transported to the  Sicilian Countryside at a outdoor bbq.  These kabobs are fast and easy to make, have lots of flavor and are great for your  summertime grilling. […]

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Italian Bean Salad

Italian Bean Salad, this lovely, easy bean salad can be made in minutes, great as a side for your  Summer BBQ’s.   We use Barlotti or Cranberry beans for our version of this salad, but any cooked bean will do.   If you want more “Italian flair”, add a can of high quality imported tuna. […]

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Rigatoni Amatriciana in Bianco

Yesterday while lunching at Harry’s Bar, one of the most famous restaurants in Venice, I opened the menu and saw something that I have wanted to make forever, Amatriciana in Bianco. This recipe is  similar to a recipe I shared with you  a while ago on the blog, Bucatini Amatriciana.   Today’s version,  apart from using […]

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Meatless Monday

Happy Monday,  today we are going to make two vegetable dishes  for  Meatless Monday.  The first is  an easy, light version of Eggplant Parmesan (Parmigiana).  The second recipe is  Fennel Au Gratin. These versatile vegetables are easy to find in any market and used  in Italy for many dishes.  Lets start off  with these two […]

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Pasta 101

Before we go any further,  I think it is time to get down to some basics and one of them is Pasta.  Pasta….is a basic here in Italy.  Sometimes the easiest dishes are the hardest to get perfect.  Pasta seems easy, but when not cooked properly it  can end up a soggy, starchy mess.   […]

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