Blood Orange Granita

Hey Phil. Why are you making tasty frozen treats in the dead of winter? Blood Oranges are in season. But isn't it too cold for Granita? Blood Oranges are in season. Wouldn't Blood Orange Granita be more appropriate in the summer? Blood Oranges aren't in season in the...

Veal Rollatini

Veal Rollatini is an interesting dish to me, not only because it is delicious, but because of the name. Veal, chicken or eggplant rollatini dishes are common on the menus of Italian-American restaurants. As the word rollatini might imply, these dishes consist of the...

Pizza – The Grandma Pie

My first exposure to a pizza called a Grandma Pie was at a local pizzeria here in Monroe, CT, Julian’s. The Grandma Pie at Julian’s was like a Sicilian, rectangular with a thick fluffy crust, but topped with fresh mozzarella and a garlicky sauce. Since then I have...

Veal Sorrentino

This past weekend my mom came up to spend the day and I wanted to make something special, so I reached into my old school bag of tricks and made Veal Sorrentino.  It had been quite a while since I made this and I had forgotten what a great and unique veal dish it is....

Italian Christmas Eve Dinner

It is a tradition with many Southern Italian families to celebrate Christmas Eve with an elaborate fish banquet, Il Cenone di Vigilia. Sometimes referred to as The Feast of the Seven Fishes, not everybody sticks to exactly seven; some go up to 11 or 12, predominantly...

Penne Arrabiata

Penne Arrabiata translates to Angry Penne, which is an apt name for this spicy pasta dish. My father didn't typically put too much spice into his cooking, but this was one exception. If people wanted the pasta angry they got it angry! If you look at and try different...


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