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Classic Tiramisu May 25, 2016

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Tiramisu is the all-time most classic dessert recipe in the Italian lectionary.  You will find it on 75% of the menus in Italian restaurants.  There is a good reason for all of this – it is really good and actually fairly easy to make.

Origin and history:

Unlike many Italian dishes, tiramisu is relatively new on the scene.  It was “invented” in a famous restaurant in Treviso called Le Beccherie in 1969.  The restaurant is still there (2016).  Treviso is about 50km. north of Venice.

The dessert starts with zabaglione (or sabayon as they say in France).  This mixture of egg yolks and sugar is the beginning of many Italian desserts; so, if you learn to make tiramisu, you will be ready to prepare a whole range of luscious treats.  The zabaglione is poured over Lady Fingers, which are crunchy sweet biscuits shaped like a finger.   They are very absorbent and are quickly soaked in expresso or coffee along with some liqueur or rum before adding the zabaglione. (more…)

Granola – An American Classic May 18, 2016

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Maybe the Europeans might claim title to the inventors of granola.  They have something called Muesli in Switzerland.  However, in my mind granola is a truly American classic.  Invented in California in the 60’s by hippies and Seventh Day Adventists, it has grown non-stop ever since.  Rolling Stone has the full history on-line at:  a-social-history-of-granola

The exciting thing about granola is that it is soooo easy to make at home.  Once you try it, you will probably never get the store bought stuff again.

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Fudge – An American Classic December 3, 2015

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Fudge

With the Holiday Season quickly approaching, it is time to start thinking of all the sweet things we can make. Here is a great one –  fudge using three different types of chocolate, two of which are dark.  It’s wonderful and creamy and, most importantly, justifiable. Ah yes, we all know that dark chocolate is very good for you – micronutrients and antioxidants and such (check out fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/6-health-benefits-of-dark-chocolate.html.)

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The Best Hummus Ever November 14, 2015

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Hummus with parsley and cumin

Hummus with parsley and cumin

Hummus has become ubiquitous in the U.S. in recent years. However, you have never tasted a hummus as good as this one. It has one special ingredient – cumin – that makes all the difference. (more…)

Sexy Italian Salads August 17, 2015

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The Ingredients for Sexy Italian Salads

The Ingredients for Sexy Italian Salads

Sometimes everything comes together and it all becomes clear. For, example, most people think of salads and can’t get excited. Well, that has all changed for me. Let me tell you how I got to this new place. (more…)

Linguine with Clam Sauce August 10, 2015

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Linguine with Clam Sauce

Linguine with Clam Sauce

This is one of the all-time favorite pasta dishes. You will find it on well over 50% of the menus in Italian restaurants. In Italy, Venice is probably most famous for this dish. I have this vision sitting in a sidewalk café looking over a canal at sunset, sipping on a cold glass of Gavi di Gavi, watching long-legged beauties walking by and smiling at my wonderful travel companion of 50 years. (more…)

As American as Apple Pie December 16, 2014

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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

I hate clichés, but what is more American than apple pie? We have to have this in our list of classic recipes. There are a thousand little variations usually with names like Grandma’s apple pie or Aunt Rosie’s famous recipe. They are all good, I’m sure, but this recipe below is mind blowing good and very easy. I adapted it from one that I found on AllRecipes.com (a great site) from someone named Moshasmama. (more…)

Spaghetti and Veal Meatballs October 22, 2014

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Veal Meatballs

Veal Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs is certainly the most well-known Italian dish, at least in the U.S., but most of us have not even tried to make the dish. And yet, it is always a real hit with the fans, especially this recipe, which is incredibly tasty. After a recent dinner party, a friend announced to the table that these were the best meatballs she had ever tasted. (more…)

Grilled Pizza August 28, 2014

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Grilled Pizza Party

Grilled Pizza Party

Well, the end of summer is upon us. Look around at all of the things you didn’t fix or get done. Then, grab a cold beer, take a big drink and forget about it. There are more important issues, like, what are we going to have for the big Labor Day barbecue. And, luckily, I have a great suggestion to wow the troops. I want you to try Grilled Pizza. It seems scary at first, but it is amazingly easy to do. (more…)

Pesto Pasta – A Primer August 2, 2014

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The Magic of Basil

The Magic of Basil

Get ready; it’s time for one of summer’s taste treats.  Although good quality basil is available in the Southern states for most of the year, those of us in the North have to wait until this time of year to enjoy the varieties of religious experience that come from this wonderful herb. If you grow your own, now is when it takes off. Farm stands and farmers markets have it in abundance.

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The Bourbon Burger – An American Classic March 3, 2014

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So, my son-in-law, Patrick, and I were having a cocktail and he was wondering why we didn’t have the hamburger as an American classic on the website.  I said that I could never come up with anything interesting or unique to say about the ubiquitous “burger”.  He said maybe we needed to get alcohol involved in some way.  I had to agree.  After all, we had posted a great recipe called “Six-Pack Chicken” from another son-in-law, Andy. (more…)

Stuck Pot Rice – A Middle Eastern Classic December 18, 2013

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Stuck Pot Rice

Stuck Pot Rice

This is a great dish from Central Asia and has a thousand variations.  It is a wonderfully showy dish for the holidays and makes a great addition to any meal.   Mark Bittman has a number of suggestions in his great book “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian”.   This is my own version and it shows promise.  At a recent dinner party, it was gobbled up. (more…)

West Indian Chicken Curry with Roti or Naan November 20, 2013

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West Indian Chicken Curry

West Indian Chicken Curry

The former British colonies in the Caribbean, especially Guyana and Trinidad have some of the world’s best Indian food.  The reason is simple – nearly half of the population of those two countries is Indian.  How this happened is more complicated. (more…)

Mom’s Chicken Pot Pie November 5, 2013

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Mom's Chicken Pot Pie
Mom’s Chicken Pot Pie

My mother recently passed away.  She was 91 and lived a rich, full life.  She was a great cook and is certainly one of the reasons I spend so much time in the kitchen.  A few years ago, she collected her favorite recipes as well as the favorite family recipes of her parents and her extended family (three children and 12 grandchildren).  She found photos of each of the family members to put beside the recipes with some comments by her.  Everything was copied and bound in handmade, padded binders.  Everyone got a copy – very cool.  This was one of the recipes from the “Family Cookbook”. 

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Classic Chicken Cacciatore – Umbrian Style October 25, 2013

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Umbrian Style Chicken Cacciatore

Umbrian Style Chicken Cacciatore

Those of you who have read the posts from our trip to Italy and especially Umbria might remember that our cooking instructor showed us how to make classic chicken cacciatore  (see Cooking Lessons in Umbria).  I gave a brief description of the dish but not a complete recipe.  I have now tried this on my own and can now tell you exactly how to make this great dish. (more…)

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