Memorie di Angelina

By Frank Fariello | Italian Home Cooking Made Easy

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 …

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

To help you navigate the posts on this blog and Italian recipes you may find anywhere, here’s a list of the most common Italian cooking terms and …

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, …

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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> …

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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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Stinco di maiale al forno con patate (Oven-Roasted Pork Hock and Potatoes)

I am taking some poetic license with today’s recipe. You see, <i>stinco di maiale</i> is actually the shank of the animal. It is a fairly easy to find cut in …

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Pasta e fagioli: The Authentic Recipe

<b>Pasta e fagioli</b>, or pasta and beans, which goes by the amusing nickname ‘pasta fazool‘ in Italian-American slang, is one of the most internationally …

Verza stufata (Braised Savoy Cabbage)

With all the focus today on trendy vegetables like kale and Brussels sprouts, we tend to forget about good old fashioned cabbage. It’s cheap and …

Minestra dei morti (Soup of the Dead)

Modern Milan, political capital of Lombardy and financial capital of Italy, conjures up images of sharply dressed business people, trendy fashion …

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Farinata di cavolo nero (Tuscan Kale and Polenta Soup)

When I think of Tuscan cuisine, first and foremost, even before the classic <i>bistecca alla fiorentina</i> as wonderful as that is, I think of its hearty …

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Tortelli di zucca (Homemade Pumpkin Ravioli)

One of the nicest parts of this, my favorite season, is the arrival of wonderful produce: mushrooms, endive, chestnuts, cabbage, radicchio… but for …

Schiacciata all’uva (Tuscan Grape Focaccia)

No one understands simplicity quite like the Tuscans. As Leonardo da Vinci famously said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. This rustic …

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Risotto alla «zucca» (Pumpkin Risotto)

<i>Risotto alla zucca,</i> or pumpkin risotto, is one of the most popular autumn and winter risottos. <i>Zucca</i> is Italian for pumpkin, but Italian pumpkins are …

Columbus Day Special: Chicken Scarpariello

<i>Memorie di Angelina</i> is a blog about the home cooking of continental Italy. But as our regular readers will know, every Columbus Day we feature an …

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Gnocchi alla romana (Roman Semolina Gnocchi)

Here’s a linguistic quandary: The Italian word <i>gnocchi</i> is usually translated as ‘dumplings’, and the dictionary defines the word ‘dumpling’ as “a …

Babà al rum (Neapolitan Rum Cake)

I remember this indulgently delicious rum-soaked Neapolitan dessert from my childhood, when it made frequent appearances on the Sunday dinner table …

Peperoni ripieni di carne (Italian Meat Stuffed Peppers)

This iconic summer dish—and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s <i>still</i> summer—is one of many recipes for stuffed peppers in the Italian repertoire. Tuna …

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Caponata napoletana

Italian cookery can be confusing. As we’ve talked about before, it’s highly regional and even local, so much so that some people say that there is no …

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Pasta alla gricia: The Mother of Roman Pastas

What was Italian cuisine like before the tomato arrived from America? <b>Pasta alla gricia</b> gives us some idea. Widely considered the ancestor of the more …

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Homemade Giardiniera

There are many ways in Italian cookery to put up food, relics of the days before refrigeration and freezing and commercial processing. There is …

Canning

Frittata di zucchine al forno (Baked Frittata with Zucchini)

<b>Baked frittata</b> is an awesomely easy alternative to the traditional fried frittata. There’s no need for any tricky flipping of pans or worrying if …

Homemade Passata di pomodoro: Step by step

<b>Passata di pomodoro</b> (or <i>passata</i> for short) is the multi-purpose tomato purée that every aspiring Italian cook should learn how to make. Fortunately, …

Gelo di melone (Sicilian Watermelon Pudding)

Sicilian Watermelon Pudding,<i></i> or<i> gelo di melone,</i> is made from watermelon juice, perfumed with cinnamon and jasmine blossoms, thickened and mixed with …

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Eggplant Cordon Bleu (Cordon bleu di melanzane)

Eggplants may be my favorite summer vegetable. Perhaps that’s because I have such fond food memories of my grandmother’s <i>parmigiana di melanzane</i>, or …

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Insalata di patate e tonno (Potato Tuna Salad)

Potato salad is a summer staple on American tables, but if you’re interested in a different take, here’s an idea for you: Potato Tuna Salad. At its …

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