Recipes

Recipe for Grouper Salmoriglio and a Review of Andrea’s Restaurant in Sarasota

September 26, 2010
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Andrea oversees his kingdom with pride. He visits each table at least once during dinner, wanting to know the diners’ thoughts on his creations and eagerly explaining how he prepared an item. He is in his element if he discovers that a wine connoisseur is in the house. A native of Piedmont, home to some of the most prestigious wines in Italy, Andrea has a magnificent cellar and an impressive collection of Barolos. He literally leaps from the kitchen to assist patrons in choosing the wine that will flawlessly pair with their food.

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Fresh Beet Salad

September 21, 2010
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Beets are often shunned, yet they are a favorite in our home. Baked fresh beets have a rich, sweet flavor that our kids love.

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Dressing an Italian Salad

September 1, 2010
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“Italian dressing” is about as Italian as spaghetti with meatballs or chicken Tetrazzini. That is, you won’t find any in Italy. Instead of a recipe, we have a proverb for how to dress a good Italian salad.

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A Tropical Aperitif

August 26, 2010
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Welcome to our brand new look!  We are excited about all the new features of our blog.  Recipes, divided according to categories, is an easy way to search or browse the recipes we’ve posted.  Our Forum will be a place for you to share your opinions on a variety of topics and ask questions.  Giuliano’s […]

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Experience Rome with a Plate of Spaghetti alla Carbonara

August 17, 2010
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If you close your eyes while you are eating this, you can imagine yourself in Rome, perhaps sitting across the table from Julia Roberts.

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Home from Camp and a Recipe for Pappardelle with Peppers and Sausage

August 10, 2010
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This sauce is quick to make and is great comfort food. Gabriella perked right up and decided her father should teach cooking lessons at the camp because she wants to go again next year!

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Grilled Ribeye, Italian Style

August 3, 2010
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One of the rites of summer is undoubtedly cooking a nice thick steak on the grill. Ribeye is my favorite cut because I find it’s the most flavorful and succulent, especially when well marbled.

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Sautéed Zucchini with Fresh Mint and Basil: a Hopeful Garden

July 27, 2010
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This easy recipe is so good, that you will find yourself sneaking some before serving, and there are rarely any leftovers.

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Salmon Fish: Recipe for Grilled Salmon with Fresh Thyme

July 20, 2010
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Michela, our six-year old daughter, loves “salmon fish” as she calls it, and this is one of her favorite dishes. It is so simple, and yet so satisfying.

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Decadent Dark Chocolate Gelato

July 13, 2010
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The intense velvety texture of this gelato evokes reminiscences of Venice. You will likely have no leftovers, only a lovely magical memory, much like a visit to Venice herself.

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Italian Baby Back Ribs

July 6, 2010
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You may not think that ribs are an Italian dish, but they are definitely part of northern Italy’s culinary repertoire.

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Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Fresh Tomatoes and Pancetta

June 29, 2010
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Feel like a steak but it’s just too hot to go outside and grill? Here’s a great recipe for pan-seared beef tenderloin steaks.

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Uncooked Sauce: A recipe for Spaghetti alla Checca

June 21, 2010
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This is a sauce for which you either harvest your own well loved tomatoes or purchase them from a local farmers market. No watery, flavorless tomatoes will do here.

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Perfect Roast Chicken

June 14, 2010
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Julia Child once told me that making a good roast chicken is the mark of an accomplished cook.  Perhaps it is because making simple dishes taste delicious is really what it’s all about.  This is a foolproof recipe that has become a staple in our house.  The breast comes out incredibly moist, and the entire […]

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Recipe for Penne with Spinach and Ricotta and a Tip for Chopping Onions

June 6, 2010
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Photo by Joseph De Leo One of my favorite pasta dishes is tortelloni (the square ones, Romagna style) filled with Swiss chard and ricotta.  My fondness for the dish was evident from the time I was a small boy and my grandmother made them for me while my parents were away.  After polishing off a […]

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A Magical Venetian Day with a recipe for Fried Zucchini Blossoms

May 28, 2010
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In Italy eating is of supreme importance and a cardinal rule is that local food is the best and freshest. Therefore, anything nostrano “ours”, is more expensive and desirable than anything imported. In Venice, local fish is more prized than anything else.

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Mushroom Medley Risotto Recipe

May 26, 2010
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I sliced the king oyster mushrooms but just cut off the root of the others and used them whole. I sautéed them with olive oil, onions, garlic, and parsley, then cooked the risotto. It was a hit and thoroughly enjoyed by the entire family along with a Morellino di Scansano (for Lael and me, of course).

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Continuing the celebration: A recipe for white truffle risotto

November 29, 2009
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Usually truffles are eaten very simply. Either shaved over sunny side up eggs or egg pasta. They are often eaten only at special occasions like Christmas and New Year. Some people believe that truffles were the manna sent to the Israelites through Moses as they traveled through the desert for forty years.

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Timeless Rice, with a Recipe for Butternut Squash Risotto

October 6, 2009
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We have come to see the Gazzani rice mill. It has been in continuous operation since 1648 and still uses the mortar and pestle method that is found in only one other place in Italy.

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