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Spaghetti with Raw Tomato Sauce

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” Frederico Fellini What It Is I came across that little gem by Fellini while trolling for sayings for my “Quotes from the Masters,” and I thought it would be the perfect intro for the pasta sauce recipe I have for you today. This is a raw tomato sauce (sort of a salsa), …

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Roasted Red Peppers

I am participating in the Virtual Vegan Potluck, and I have pulled out my fine china and silver for the occasion.  Our gracious organizer is Ann at anunrefinedvegan, and I am bringing Roasted Red Peppers to the table.  Enjoy! What It Is I grew up watching my mother and my Nana cook, Italian style, and they did know their …

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Eat That Bulb! Oven Caramelized Fennel

WHAT IT IS Its seeds are flavoring Italian sausage, its fronds are garnishing a dish, and its bulbs are caramelizing in the oven—this is one versatile plant.  Fennel has a delicate anise flavor (though it is not actually anise), and it can be eaten raw or cooked.  Frequently used in the cuisine of Italy and throughout …

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Spinach and White Bean Soup

My favorite wedding present is a cookbook.  It is called Grandmother Remembers—Family Recipes, and it is filled with handwritten recipes from my dear Nana.  I refer to it often.  Each time I open it, I give thanks for having this sweet woman in my life and for being Italian (at least by half).  This is her recipe …

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Pumpkin Risotto

Today I give you a marriage. As a Hamburger-Helper ingénue living with an Italian family, I had my first introduction to risotto.  I was quite taken by the various ingredients that starred in this dish, my favorite by far being melone, or cantaloupe.  (This, I will share with you when cantaloupe is back in season.)  …

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