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Pasta e ceci

February 21, 2018

Pasta e ceci is undeniably my mom’s most famous dish. If people are going to her house for dinner, they request she make it. Even my cousin Danny likes it, who is one of the pickier eaters in our family. Aldo, a family friend and handyman that comes by to do odd jobs around her house requests that he gets paid in dishes of pasta e ceci. It’s THAT GOOD.   I call this recipe my mom’s recipe but it’s actually…

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A Valentine’s Day Cookie Box

February 10, 2018

To be honest I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day. When I was single, I hated it. When I had a boyfriend, I still didn’t like it. We never really celebrated for the 7 years that we were together because I wasn’t a fan. Plus our anniversary (Feb 2) was always so close to Valentine’s day that we thought it was more important to celebrate that. Now that we’re married, who knows if we will celebrate? I can picture…

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Linzer cookies with Italian strawberry jam

February 9, 2018

OK, I know this is the second Valentine’s-day themed cookie to make an appearance on the blog this year (see the first Valentine’s cookie here). But I mean, look at these cookies. How can you not feature them for Valentine’s day? Choosing to make these cookies was easy. I’m a big fan of ANYTHING strawberry-jam filled (think this crostata, classic birds nest cookies etc). In my opinion, they key to a good jam-filled cookie is using high quality jam. I…

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Almond Swirl Cookies with Amarena Cherries

February 9, 2018

As Valentine’s day approaches, you know there’s going to be some Valentine’s day recipes popping up on this blog. The first of these recipes is Rossella Rago’s almond swirl cookies with amarena cherries. I mean look at them, don’t they scream Valentine’s day? When I was deciding what to make for Valentine’s day, I was talking to Rossella about something completely different (probably an arugula salad). It was then that she mentioned that I should make her almond cookies with…

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Arugula and Mushroom Pizza with Truffle Oil

February 3, 2018

You guys, this week I learned that recipe testing is seriously hard work! I’ve been recipe testing this pizza with arugula, mushrooms and truffle oil for what seems like 2 weeks. And most of the testing involved getting the crust right. Sometimes it didn’t have the right texture, at other times it was too thick so I had to adjust amounts. I just wasn’t getting it. So I called in the big guns, also known as my zia Adele, one…

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