Memorie di Angelina

By Frank Fariello | Italian Home Cooking Made Easy

Melanzane al cioccolato (Chocolate Eggplant)

Chocolate Eggplant? It sounds like a culinary joke or some newfangled fusion dish. In reality, <i>melanzane al cioccolato</i> is a perfectly orthodox if …

Recipes

Pomodori ripieni di tonno (Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes)

At our house, summer is a time for unfussy, often no cook eating. Even the most hardcore ‘foodies’ tend to get a little lazy in the kitchen when the …

Italian Food

Gnocchi alla sorrentina (Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella)

Potato gnocchi are pretty filling, the kind of food you may associate with the cooler weather. But, in fact, you can enjoy gnocchi all year ’round. …

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Spuma di ricotta alle pesche sciroppate (Whipped Ricotta with Peaches in Syrup)

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. As I’ve mentioned before, dessert at home usually consists of a piece of fresh fruit, served <i>au naturel</i>. When we …

Recipes

Zucchine cacio e uova (Zucchini with Egg and Cheese)

Zucchini and eggs were meant for each other. They are found together in a whole assortment of Italian dishes, perhaps most notably as a frittata.<i></i> …

Recipes

Gelato: The Basic Recipe

Today we’ll take a look at the basic recipe for everyone’s favorite summer dessert: ice cream! The Italian version of ice cream, called <b>gelato</b>, …

Dessert

Agnello in umido (Lamb in Tomato Sauce)

Lamb may be my very favorite red meat. It’s more interesting than pork—as much as I enjoy it, too— and more savory than beef. So I guess it’s no …

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Carbonara vegetariana (Vegetarian Carbonara)

As a longtime resident of Rome, carbonara is one of my very favorite pastas, but in the warmer weather it can be a bit heavy. One way to lighten …

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Sugo finto (“Fake” Sauce)

Another of the many Italian dishes in the <i>cucina povera</i> tradition,<i> sugo finto</i> is “fake” because it is basically a meat sauce (<i>sugo di carne</i>) without …

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Fragole all’aceto balsamico (Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar)

As I’ve written about before, dessert in our house tends to be nothing but a piece of fruit. But once in a while, I like to jazz things up a bit. …

Balsamic Vinegar

Pasta con la ricotta (Pasta and Ricotta Cheese)

<b>Pasta and ricotta</b> make for a perfect impromptu meal or weekend dinner. The mellow flavor combination of tomato, ricotta and a bit of parmesan cheese …

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Ragù d’agnello e peperoni (Lamb and Red Pepper Ragù)

One of my regrets from my years in Italy is that I didn’t get over the Abruzzo more often. Just opposite from Lazio on the Adriatic side of the …

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Cipolline novelle con piselli (Spring Onions and Peas)

This recipe shows how switching things around a bit in a recipe can result in a whole new dish. While many recipes for peas call for a bit of onion …

Recipes

Torta Pasqualina (Easter Pie from Liguria)

Savory pies and enriched breads figure prominently on the Easter dinner table. We’ve already featured a couple Neapolitan examples on the blog: the</i> …

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Italian Charoset for Passover

It may come as a surprise, but Italy has a long tradition of Jewish cookery. Jews have been living in Rome since ancient times. Jewish communities …

Recipes

Pasta alla capricciosella (Pasta with Squid, Mushrooms and Peas)

My nostaglia for Rome often brings me to a website and Facebook page called <i>Roma Sparita</i> or, literally, “Disappeared Rome”. The site features a …

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The Digestivo: A Beginner’s Guide to Italian After Dinner Drinks

This blog is mostly dedicated to food, but food and drink are ...The post The Digestivo: A Beginner’s Guide to Italian After Dinner Drinks appeared …

Single Malt Whisky

Petti di pollo al burro (Butter-Braised Chicken Breasts)

In <i>Italian Food</i>, the 1954 book that introduced the English to real Italian cookery, Elizabeth David includes a recipe for <i>petti di pollo alla …

Chicken Recipes

Lasagne agli asparagi (Asparagus Lasagna)

A good dish of lasagna is one of the most satisfying meals I can imagine. But, to be honest, a dish of classic <i>lasagna di Carnevale or</i> <i>lasagne alla</i> …

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Riso in cagnone (Rice with Butter and Cheese)

I was an atypical child. The other kids would come home from school and happily eat their milk and cookies, but I hated milk and didn’t care much for …

Recipes

Lasagna di Carnevale (Angelina’s Lasagna)

Among Angelina’s generation, each of the female family members had a special dish that she was known for. My great-aunt, Angelina’s sister, who we …

Italian Food

Cantucci (Tuscan Almond Cookies)

<i>Cantucci</i>, also known as <i>biscotti di Prato</i>, are perhaps the best known of Italian cookies. Made from a simple dough of flour, sugar and egg, into which …

Baking

Patate alla lucana (Basilicata Potato Casserole)

Italian cuisine is not generally known for potato gratin dishes. But here’s one from the little-known cuisine of Basilicata that is sure to be a …

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Calamari in zimino (Squid Braised in Greens)

If you’ve read our Glossary of Italian Cooking Terms, you’ll know that the term ‘<i>in zimino</i>‘ refers to a whole class of dishes in which the main …

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Glossary of Italian Cooking Terms

To really understand Italian cookery, you need to know its essential vocabulary. To help you navigate the posts on this blog and Italian recipes you …

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Riso e lenticchie (Rice and Lentils)

I love lentils. My favorite pasta when I was growing up was the <i>pasta e lenticchie</i> (Pasta and Lentils) Angelina made. Rice goes as well with lentils …

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Cocktail di gamberetti (Shrimp Cocktail in the Italian Manner)

New Year’s Eve in Italy, as for so many other special occasions, means a special meal, the <i>cenone di Capodanno,</i> or ‘big supper’. Like Christmas Eve, …

Seafood

Filetti di baccalà (Fried Salt Cod Filets)

During my years in Rome, I mostly lived on the small but charming piazza di san Paolo alla Regola, not too far from the famous <i>Campo de’ Fiori</i> and its</i> …

Recipes

Minestra di broccoli e arzilla (Skate and Romanesco Broccoli Soup)

I lived in Rome for over ten years, but in all that time, <b>minestra di broccoli e arzilla,</b> or Skate and Romanesco Broccoli Soup, somehow passed me by. …

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