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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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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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Penne Quattro Formaggi

It’s time for some comfort food!  A big bowl of pasta smothered in cheese sauce fits the bill perfectly.  Today I have a recipe for you that I have adapted from one that was given to our family by my Italian friend, Concetta (but everyone called her Connie).  When my family first arrived in Munich, I knew …

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas!

The holidays are upon us, and amidst the bustle of December activity, we often lose the spirit of the season.  This year I invite you to hark back to the traditions of Europe and have yourself a merry “Little Christmas.” What It Is  Traditionally and liturgically, the Christmas Season does not begin until Christmas Day.  …

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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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