Italian Bacon & Egg Pasta with Tomatoes & Kale

Una Pentola (One-Pot) Bacon & Egg Pasta with Tomatoes & Kale Another perfect, simple, quick, easy and flavorful example of “Northern Italian Peasant” food at it’s finest! This recipe was inspired by my Mama Carmela’s love of fresh field greens. At the first sight of mustard greens, she would gather her tools and the hunt…

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7 Prosperous Good Luck Foods for the New Year

“Out with the old in with the new.” This age old wish rings true in most every home on New Year’s Eve and Day. Why not welcome in the year proper with the addition of your favorite foods to ensure good fortune? Here are the wondrous 7 to help lead the way. Fish Fish are…

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Hungry Yet? If So Try Tantalizing Tuscan Turkey Tetrazzini

Here’s one more luscious recipe for your Thanksgiving leftover turkey. We smoked a 17 pounder (there’s only 2 of us) and had abundance so I could not omit one of my favorite turkey recipes. This formula is versatile and tuna can be substituted for other times of the year. It’s creamy, slightly cheesy and true…

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Pasta alla Carbonara Una Pentola “One Pot” Version & a little history

We all know what pasta embodies, but have you ever wondered what “carbonara” means? Carbonaro means charcoal in Italian, but to this day, the connection to this savory, flavorsome dish remains uncertain. Some food historians believe this pasta may have been popular among charcoal makers working in the Apennine Mountains; or perhaps it is called…

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7 Lucky Foods For Friday the 13th; Combat the Bad & Make It Good!

Superstitions abound on this day; the dreaded Friday the 13th. Visions of black cats crossing your path, walking under open ladders, seeing the triple digits 666; all never good to encounter,  but for a February, what with it having fewer days as it is, but it’s not the first time this has happened and it…

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The 7 Prosperous Foods of New Year’s Eve

“Out with the old in with the new.” This age old wish rings true in most every home on New Year’s Eve and Day. Why not welcome in the year proper with the addition of your favorite foods to ensure good fortune? Here are the wondrous 7 to help lead the way. Fish Fish are…

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Friendship Soup Another Last Minute Gift Idea

Friendship Soup This is a dry soup mix packed with split peas, pearl parley, lentils, onion flakes, barley and macaroni. Just add tomato paste, diced tomato, ground beef, and garlic for a rich and flavorful soup. Makes a wonderful gift! Layer in 1 Quart Jar… Ingredients: 1/2 cup dry split peas 1/3 cup beef bouillon…

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Tuscan Turkey Tetrazzini

Here’s one more luscious recipe for your Thanksgiving leftover turkey. We smoked a 17 pounder, and had abundance so I could not omit one of my favorite turkey recipes. This formula is versatile and tuna can be substituted for other times of the year. It’s creamy, slightly cheesy and true Tuscan fare, through and through. …

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Chili Over Pasta? Cincinnati Skyline Chili & a little history

Growing up in our conventional Italian household, serving this type of sauce over pasta was unheard of–bordering blasphemous! Yet, I can still remember the first time I experienced this incredible, piquant potion poured over pasta—brimming with beans and golden cheeses and spiked with red onions. Heaven! I knew this would soon become a lasting love affair….

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Garlic Broccoli Parmesan Pasta Una Pentola: Vegetarian “One Pot”

This simple, easy and incredibly delicious Vegetarian pasta dish brings me back to childhood when times were light, fun and less complex. Food such as this are the embodiment of northern Italian Peasant fare which are filled with scrumptious non-complex flavors, texture and colors . Here, I’ve turned my Mama Carmela’s delectable simple Vegetarian dish into…

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