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cioppino; italian seafood stew

For years I have ripped out recipes from every magazine, marked endless cookbook pages, and printed numerous websites, searching for the best tips on how to make Cioppino, a classic Italian seafood stew dish. This weekend I finally got around to making it…and it was so worth the wait! Three different fishes make it light enough for seconds while hearty vegetables and tomato broth makes it a filling dish. This recipe is mainly adapted from Ellie Krieger’s So Easy cookbook with a few Foodetarian twists. Check out this quick weeknight recipe for Cioppino.

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Feeling Italian tonight?

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pizza fritta with powdered sugar…bringing the San Gennaro home

It’s my favorite time of year again…the San Gennaro festival in NYC’s little Italy! It’s a tradition for my husband and I to go every year. Last year was Luca’s first visit and while he slept through most of it, his dad and I had a blast! This year with a newborn and a newly walking toddler however, it was a bit harder to get down to Mulberry Street so I decided to bring the festival to us! Since sausage and peppers, braciole, and seafood salads are already staples in our house, I decided to try something a little different…and deep fried! Here’s a fun recipe that takes some time to rise but involves very little work. Check out my Pizza Fritta with Powdered Sugar!

Perfection!

Perfection!

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the simplest stuffed shells you’ll ever make!

When I think of my childhood Sunday’s, I remember church in the morning, taking my great grandmother grocery shopping (a box of cookies always included for me!), reading the funnies, and dinner back at her house which smelled like we had walked into a local trattoria! While Sunday’s might not alllllways be filled with this much nostalgia in our house, this dish will certainly give your home the feeling of family.

I make it in the same baking dish my great grandmother did and I am convinced that it gives it just a bit more of the perfect flavoring. But don’t worry if you don’t have my grandma’s pan, a quick, simple recipe, this will still most certainly be one of the easiest you’ll ever make with a delicious return! Here’s my recipe for Simple Stuffed Shells.

Simple Stuffed Shells

Simple Stuffed Shells

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the easiest penne alla vodka you’ll ever make

Penne alla Vodka is one of my ultimate favorite dishes. Its sweet tasting basil mixed with tangy Parmesan always gives me the feeling of sitting on a terrace overlooking an Italian vineyard, smelling the crisp evening air. Crusty bread for dipping and you have the ultimate Sunday dinner. Here is my ultimately easy Penne alla Vodka.

Classic Penne alla Vodka

Classic Penne alla Vodka

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A Spring Flavored Taste of Italy

In honor of my mom and her friend Andrea’s travels through Italy this week, I decided to make one of my favorite Italian dishes, Baked Stuffed Artichokes. Italians love their artichokes prepped every way and they are a creative alternative to everyone’s favorite Italian spaghetti and meatballs! A Mediterranean staple, they are said to have been cultivated in Naples in the 9th century. Deriving their name from the northern Italian words “articiocco” or “articoclos” (meaning “pine cone”), this member of the sunflower family celebrates its peak seasons in spring and fall. Although almost 100% of the United States’ crop comes from California, countries like Italy, Spain, and France are worldwide distributors.

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Globe Artichokes

It seems as though every time I make this dish I change it up a bit, depending on what I have in the house, and they still always come out delicious! It’s a great way to bring the spring indoors when it’s too cold for the grill but you still want a fresh, healthy, and flavorful meal. Continue reading

“Dressing” Up Spring Salads

Spring fever has definitely hit our household and I am having so much fun coming up with new ideas for outdoor meals! One of my favorite ways to add a fresh twist on any meal is to add a salad. There are a countless number of combinations! Classic tossed green salad (jazzed up with just about any topping you dig out of the fridge or pick up at the farmer’s market), tossed roasted vegetable salad, pasta salad, potato salad, the list goes on and on. I believe the key to any great salad is a classic, flavorful dressing…and I’m going to give you my favorite. Continue reading