Welcome to Mama's Italian Recipes Blog

So who is Mama? Mama is a full blooded Italian woman raised in Brooklyn New York surrounded with good food and Italian culture. I want to share the recipes of the old world with the new world. Known for her exceptional dishes she loves nothing more than to prepare and serve these recipes to her friends and family.

Now, we share them with you.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

CHICKEN MARSALA RECIPE



4 boneless chicken breasts
2 1/4 tbsp. olive oil
½ tbs parsley
2 cloves garlic
1 1/4 c. marsala
Approx 1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced onion

Heat olive oil in large skillet. Add garlic, onion and mushrooms.
Saute until light brown.
Add chicken and brown both sides.
Add marsla .
Sprinkle parsley over the mixture.
Cover and cook on medium heat until chicken breasts are done.
Serve over favorite pasta with grated Parmesan.

Friday, December 28, 2007

ITALIAN TURKEY SOUP RECIPE




Turkey leftovers
10 to 12 cups water
1 onion chopped
1 tsp. thyme
4-5 celery stalks chopped
1 lg. can Italian stewed tomatoes
1 1/4 tbsp. basil
12 oz. noodles / macaroni /pasta of your choice
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt


Cook turkey leftovers, water, celery tops, onion, thyme and salt for 2 hours. Cool and strain. Take what meat you can off bones and add to stock. Refrigerate overnight. When cold, skim fat from stock.
Heat stock and add tomatoes, basil and pepper. Meanwhile, cook the macaroni/pasta el dente’. Drain and add to soup.
Simmer an hour. Great served with garlic bread.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

CREAM CHEESE MINT NO BAKES RECIPE



Very Creamy, Very Easy Very Minty Good!


4 oz. cream cheese
3 c. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. mint extract
1/8 tsp. green food coloring


Mix together sugar and cream cheese well. Add in mint, then coloring.
Roll into balls and flatten with fork onto cookie tray. Sprinkle on colored sugar.

Chill 1 1/2 hours, flip, and chill again.

FANNIE MAE FUDGE RECIPE

1/2 cup butter
3 3/8 cup white sugar
1 1/8 cup brown sugar
1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
1/2 pound large marshmallows (32 ct)
2 ounces baking chocolate
1 12 ounce semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 12 ounce sweet milk chocolate chips
1 tbs. vanilla
nuts if desired ( we like to throw in a handful of walnuts)

Combine butter, milk, and sugars in large, heavy saucepan.
Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
Bring to a boil, cover. Boil 5 minutes.
Turn off heat; add marshmallows, stir until dissolved.
Add 3 kinds of chocolate – one at a time, stirring after each until dissolved.

Add vanilla and nuts; blend well. Pour into lightly greased 10X15" pan. Let cool.

Keeps for several months in the refrigerator.

Monday, December 24, 2007

ITALIAN CHRISTMAS CHEESE RAVIOLI RECIPE

Filling:

1 large carton ricotta
2 bunches spinach
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 1/2 cups cheese
2 eggs
salt and pepper, to taste

Dough: Beat eggs well. Add hot water and oil. Add enough flour to dry up liquid. Turn out onto a floured board. Add more flour and knead for 10 minutes or until completely mixed. Dust with flour if necessary. (Use as little flour as possible). Place dough under an inverted bowl on board (so that it won't dry out) and allow it to rest for 1/2 an hour.

Cooking Filling: Cook Spinach, squeeze out water and chop. Add other ingredients and blend together.

Filling Dough: Roll out dough and cut in to whatever shape of ravioli you would like. Add a spoonful of filling and fold a piece of dough over the top.

Cooking: Place the ravioli in a pot of boiling water when they rise to the surface they are cooked.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Rosemary Garlic Potatoes

4 small-to-medium red or yukon gold potatoes
olive oil
crushed red pepper flakes
crushed black pepper
Rosemary
minced onion
minced garlic
salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Chop or slice the potatoes and place on a cookie sheet which has been coated with olive oil.

Take handfuls of the rosemary, minced onion, garlic and black pepper and sprinkle onto the potatoes.

Sprinkle a pinch or two of crushed red pepper onto the potatoes.

Drizzle olive oil onto the potatoes before placing them in the oven.

Bake at 400°F approx. 30 minutes or until potatoes are done.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

CHRISTMAS ITALIAN CHEESE CAKE



ITALIAN CHEESE CAKE

Large container of 3 lbs. Ricotta
2 c. sugar
8 egg yolks
8 egg whites
1/2 c. sifted all purpose flour
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
Graham cracker crumbs

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Beat drained ricotta until smooth, gradually add 1 1/2 cups sugar and egg yolks, beating after each addition.
Beat in flour, lemon rind and vanilla. Beat egg whites with remaining sugar until stiff, combine with whipped cream and fold into ricotta mixture.
Turn into a 12 inch spring form pan which has been buttered or greased and sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs. Bake 10 minutes, lower oven to 350 degrees and bake 1 hour 15 minutes.
Turn off heat and allow to cool in oven with door closed
This will be a nice golden brown on top!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

ITALIAN BRUSCHETTA - RICOTTA CHEESE WITH OLIVES


A GREAT Christmas Eve Appetizer!!
(We always serve Lasagna for our Christmas Eve Dinner)


Fresh Italian bread, diagonally cut 1 inch slices
Prosciutto 3-4 thin slices
1/4 cup Calamata olives, pitted and chopped
1/2 16oz can diced tomatoes
1/3 cup Ricotta Cheese
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp bread crumbs
1/2 Tbsp garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup each fresh parsley, onion - both finely chopped
1/4 tsp oregano
3/4 tsp basil
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Toast bread slices for 4-5 minutes or until lightly browned.
Combine remaining ingredients in bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spoon 1 tablespoon of the tomato mixture onto each toasted slice of bread.
Roll slices of Prosciutto and slice into 1/8" inch pieces.
Place on top of tomato mixture and serve.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

STUFFED ITALIAN MEAT BALLS RECIPE



20 small fresh button mushrooms
3 cups red wine
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 lb Italian sausage
1 lb. hamburger -Lean
1/2 onion –Finely chopped
1/2 bell pepper –Finely chopped
3 cloves garlic - Minced
1 cup Italian style croutons – Crush fine
2 eggs (beaten well)
1/2 can tomato sauce
2 tbs basil -chopped
2 tbs oregano -chopped
1 tbs rosemary -chopped
Salt and Pepper

1. The night before preparing meatballs, wash, drain, dry button mushrooms, leaving most of stems on. Put in a glass container and soak in red wine and 1 tsp. garlic powder. You can cover with a plastic wrap, force out any air, and hold down with a utensil or two. A couple of empty jars will also work.
2. Dry off mushrooms. With meats cold, mix the hamburger and sausage together, flatten it out on wax paper to 1/2 inch and sprinkle all the remaining ingredients on the meat. Fold in half, and push the ingredients into the meat. Separate from the wax paper into a plastic sack, and kneed the meat, mixing in the ingredients. Adjust the sticking by adding or decreasing the amount of tomato sauce. A firm meat mixture is needed.

Spread the meat out on wax paper again, grab a mushroom and make a meat ball around it. Place your 24 meatballs on two baking pans (Pizza pans with side lip work well), and cook at 350°F for 45-60 minutes.

Enjoy!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe


Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Ingredients:
18 oz. White Chocolate (melted)
6 oz. Crushed Peppermint Candy (or candy
canes)
6 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate (chopped fine)
3 oz. Heavy Cream
3/4 tsp. Peppermint Extract




Preparation:
1. Spread half the white chocolate into a
12" by 8" rectangle on waxed paper. Chill
until firm.

2. While the white chocolate is chilling,
melt the bittersweet chocolate with the
cream and peppermint extract. Stir the
mixture until well blended, let it cool to
room temperature, then spread it on the
chilled white chocolate. Chill to set.

3. Spread the remaining white chocolate over
the set bittersweet chocolate mixture, then
top with the crushed peppermint candy.
Chill to set, then cut into desired squares.

A Christmas time must and tradition for us!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

BUTTER CHRISTMAS COOKIES

BUTTER CHRISTMAS COOKIES

1 3/4 c. sugar
1 c. shortening
2 eggs
3 c. flour
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well, add remaining ingredients. Roll out thin, cut out and bake on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. If decorating, sprinkle decorations before baking cookies.

Italian's are traditionlists and this is a Christmas Cookie tradition!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

BAKED SPAGHETTI RECIPE




7 oz. spaghetti noodles (uncooked)
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion (sliced thin and chopped)
spaghetti sauce ( see recipe below)
2 c. water
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

Brown beef and onion in stewing pot. Mix in sauce and water. Break up noodles into 1-2" pieces and mix in to beef mix. Pour all into greased 9x13" casserole dish. Top with shredded cheese. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 325°F for 90 minutes.

SAUCE

6 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce1-2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. oregano


Heat butter in pan at medium to medium-high and brown garlic. Add tomato sauce, oregano, and cook until just starts to boil and lower heat to low, simmer 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, boil your choice of pasta,( Mama calls all pasta macaroni) drain and serve with sauce!

Yep simple but sooo good!
Tip...the longer the sauce cooks the better the flavor!!! A great one to start a day ahead of time.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Salmon Steaks Italian Style Recipe





Traditionally, fish is served on Christmas Eve in many Italian Families.

Salmon steaks
olive oil
dry white wine
1 clove garlic
1 tsp rosemary – fresh or dried.

Mince garlic and add rosemary to garlic. Brown garlic mixture lightly in olive oil.
Wash the salmon steaks and place them on a baking dish.
Brush them with browned olive oil mixture.
Place the salmon in an oven preheated to 425°.
After about ten minutes sprinkle the steaks with white wine and then put them back in the oven.
Cook for another 10 minutes or until done.


A wonderfully flavorful yet easy salmon dish!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

LEMON SUGAR COOKIES

3/4 c. soft shortening
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. lemon rind
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

Cream together shortening and sugar; add egg, lemon rind and juice, stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Let set in refrigerator for 10 minutes to chill. Roll and cut. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes.
Sprinkle sugar on cookies before baking.

Okay....not so Italian but a family favorite and timely!!!! Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Italian Insalata Caprese Salad


Fresh Basil and Ripe Tomatoes MAKE this a Salad to remember!

1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 full cups of tomatoe, sliced 1/4-inch thick ( big ones work best if they are available)
1 cup fresh basil leaves - No choppng...these will be torn
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Alternate fresh mozzarella slices on a large platter with overlappign sliced tomatoes.

Tear fresh basil leaves and sprinkle liberally over the slices. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Drizzle some extra-virgin olive oil over the top just before serving..
Makes 4 servings.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Ricotta and Spinach Cannelloni Recipe


This is a sure to please!

3 cups fresh spinach , steamed, drained and finely chopped (don;t over cook, you want the spinach just slightly cooked)
2 cups Ricotta Cheese
1/3 cup of freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
salt and pepper
4 tablespoons of finely chopped Fresh Basil
2 ½ cups tomato sauce
1/2 cup of grated fresh parmesan cheese, for topping
5 ounces of lasagna sheets, fresh
1. Mix the first 5 ingredients together.
2. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
3. Place 1/3rd cup of filling into the centre of each pasta sheet and roll into a cylinder.
4. When all sheets are filled place a cup of tomato sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 12 inch pan and then lay the rolled filled cannelloni's on top of it.
5. After assembly spread the remaining sauce on top then sprinkle with remaining cheese.
6. Bake about 30 mins until they are bubbling and golden then let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 4 – ENJOY!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Chicken Catchatori Recipe

INGREDIENTS
3 slices bacon, chopped
1 (2 to 3 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter
1 large onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup red wine
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup baby carrots, sliced
1 tablespoon red wine
2 teaspoons cornstarch
DIRECTIONS
Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Saute chicken in bacon grease, with salt and pepper, until browned. Discard bacon and set chicken aside.
To the pan add butter and melt; saute onion, garlic and mushrooms until onions are transparent. Stir in 1 cup wine, brown sugar and vinegar. Cook, stirring, until hot and bubbly; add chicken and carrots.
Reduce heat to medium and cook 30 minutes, until chicken is well cooked and carrots are tender crisp.
Blend together 1 tablespoon wine and cornstarch. Stir into chicken and mix well to thicken.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Italian Meat Loaf Recipe

1 1/2 lb. ground round
1/2 lb. lean ground pork
1/2 c. Ricotta cheese
1/2 c. breadcrumbs, made from Italian or French bread
1 med. size onion, finely chopped
1/2 c. chili sauce
1 egg, slightly beaten
Salt and pepper
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 rosemary
slash of red wine
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine meats, cheese, bread crumbs, onion, chili sauce, egg and seasonings. Mix well. Shape meat mixture into an oblong loaf and place in a baking pan. Pour wine over loaf. Mix a tablespoon or two of water with tomato sauce. Spread over meat loaf. Bake 1 1/2 hours, basting from time to time.

Friday, November 30, 2007

ITALIAN ANISETTE COOKIES

2 large eggs
1 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons anisette liquor
1 tablespoon corn oil
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 2/3 cups flour
Icing Ingredients
1 cup confectioners' or glazing sugar
4 teaspoons milk
4 teaspoons light corn syrup

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs until foamy. Add sugar, salt, baking powder, anisette; beat until smooth.
In a small bowl, beat together oil and room temperature butter until well combined. Stir into batter.

Gradually add flour, beating only for a short time after flour has been added. Use more or less flour to make a soft cookie batter dough. (Using less flour will make for a lighter cookie). Dough should be soft, but stiff enough to form a smooth shape.

Cover; refrigerate dough for several hours.

Using a cookie scoop or two teaspoons, shape the dough into small balls; press bottom of cookies lightly onto lightly greased cookie sheets, while keeping the rounded tops.

Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for about 15 minutes. The cookies should be crisp but do not brown - they should be very light in color.

Using a spatula, transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

ICING: In a clean mixing bowl, combine 1 cup confectioners' sugar with 4 teaspoons milk and 4 teaspoons Karo syrup. Stir until the icing is soft enough to spread, adding more milk if required. A few drops of anisette may be added for flavor; a drop or two of food coloring can be stirred in for a pastel-colored icing, if desired.

Dip cookie tops into soft icing- sprinkle with colored cookie decorations.

Makes approximately 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

ITALIAN MEAT BALLS RECIPE

**See Marinara Sauce Recipe Below
2 lbs ground beef
1 to 1/1/2 cups Progresso Italian bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Romano cheese
2cloves garlic
2 tbsp of olive oil
SPICES: to taste
Salt and Pepper
Onion Powder
Oregano
Basil

Brown garlic in oil for about 2 minutes.
Remove just minced garlic and pinch into meat. Keep oil for browning meatballs later.
Mix all remaining ingredients into meat .
Round mixture into balls and brown over medium heat until cooked. Put in your favorite sauce or dish!

We serve these on the side with just about anything!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

MAMA'S ITALIAN CHICKEN BAKE


MAMA'S ITALIAN CHICKEN BAKE

3 lb chicken breast
6 Italian sausage links
Marinara Sauce SEE RECIPE BELOW
1 lb package penne pasta
1 large bag mixed cheese (we buy already grated)
1 onion
1 Green Pepper
1 Red pepper

Cook the chicken cut up, onions, peppers, and sausage cut up. Drain.
Boil penne pasta, then drain. Mix the pasta, sausage, onion, peppers, chicken and sauce.

Put it in a large, deep dish. Top heavily with cheese.

Bake at 325 for about 45 min or until golden and bubbly.

MARINARA SAUCE

MARINARA SAUCE

6 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
1-2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. oregano


Heat butter in pan at medium to medium-high and brown garlic. Add tomato sauce, oregano, and cook until just starts to boil and lower heat to low, simmer 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, boil your choice of pasta,( Mama calls all pasta macaroni) drain and serve with sauce!

Yep simple but sooo good!
Tip...the longer the sauce cooks the better the flavor!!! A great one to start a day ahead of time.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

ITALIAN SAUSAGE SOUP

ITALIAN SAUSAGE SOUP

1 lb. ground Italian sausage (mild)
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
3 leaves fresh basil
1 can 15 oz. butter beans
1 can 15 oz. black beans or kidney beans depending on your preference.
1 can 15 oz. diced tomatoes
2 cups beef broth
grated Romano or Parmesan cheese (use 1/2 of each for best result's)

Cook sausage until brown, add garlic and basil. Sauté 4 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients: beans, tomato, broth.

Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes, then remove from heat.
Sprinkle with cheese and serve with Italian bread!
PERFECT FOR COLD WINTER NIGHTS!

Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

An Italian Tradtion Must

What You Will Need

1/2 pound extra-lean ground beef
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 cups thinly sliced escarole
3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta
1/3 cup finely chopped carrot



Directions

In large bowl, combine meat, egg, bread crumbs, cheese, basil and onion powder; shape into 3/4 inch balls.
In large saucepan, heat broth to boiling; stir in escarole, orzo pasta, chopped carrot and meatballs. Return to boil, then reduce heat to medium.
Cook at slow boil for 10 minutes, or until pasta is done…al dente.
Stir frequently.

Yum Yum!!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

ITALIAN CHRISTMAS CHEESE RAVIOLI

Filling:

1 large carton ricotta
2 bunches spinach
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 1/2 cups cheese
2 eggs
salt and pepper, to taste

Dough: Beat eggs well. Add hot water and oil. Add enough flour to dry up liquid. Turn out onto a floured board. Add more flour and knead for 10 minutes or until completely mixed. Dust with flour if necessary. (Use as little flour as possible). Place dough under an inverted bowl on board (so that it won't dry out) and allow it to rest for 1/2 an hour.

Cooking Filling: Cook Spinach, squeeze out water and chop. Add other ingredients and blend together.

Filling Dough: Roll out dough and cut in to whatever shape of ravioli you would like. Add a spoonful of filling and fold a piece of dough over the top.

Cooking: Place the ravioli in a pot of boiling water when they rise to the surface they are cooked.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

ITALIAN EGGPLANT PARMIGIANA RECIPE



Serves 4 to 6 people

2 Eggplants; unpeeled cut into 1/4−inch rounds
lightly salt each round after slicing
2 Eggs; lightly beaten
1−1/2 Cup Bread crumbs
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/8 Teaspoon Pepper
1 Garlic cloves peeled and halved
3/4 Cup Olive oil
20 Ounce Tomatoes, canned
1/3 Cup Tomato paste
2 Tablespoon Minced basil
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/8 Teaspoon Pepper
1 Cup Grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 Pound Mozzarella cheese; thinly sliced


Dip eggplant slices in eggs, then in bread crumbs
seasoned with salt and pepper. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
In a large saucepan, saute garlic in 2tablespoons oil
for 1−2 minutes. Remove garlic and add tomatoes, tomato paste,
basil, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to350F.
Brown eggplant in 1/4−inch oil in a large skillet.
Drain on paper towels.
Now, time to layer.Put a thin layer of tomato sauce into
a baking dish and layer eggplant, sauce, Parmesan and mozzarella,
alternately. End with mozzarella on top.
Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes on top on over before serving.

You will love this one and it is sure to impress!

Red Lobster to host food drive Saturday (Star-Gazette)

Red Lobster is hosting a "Turkey and Trimmings Holiday Food Drive" to benefit the Food Bank of the Southern Tier from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant located at 3328 Chambers Road in Horseheads, near the Arnot Mall.

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Wine & Food Weekend time already? (The Charlotte Observer)

It's time to grab your tickets for Charlotte's every-other-year celebration of all things wine. Official dates for the Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend will be May 7-10, 2008, and tickets go on sale Thursday at www.charlottewineandfood.com . The biggest change isn't in the events, it's in the location: The events are moving into uptown from the Ballantyne and SouthPark areas. Emily Peterson, ...

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Importer, chef find wines, food to mesh (El Paso Times)

Pairing wine and food can be a match made in heaven. A good wine can change the way food tastes and vice versa. Pairing wine with food doesn't just happen. The chef and the wine expert have to work together to make the marriage work.

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Food shortages plaguing Venezuela despite oil boom (Guardian Unlimited)

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Steve Santagati: Italian Racism (HuffingtonPost)

I'm Italian and, like all Italians, I suffer the slings and arrows of racism on a daily basis. Do I complain, does anyone complain -- for that matter, do I call Jesse Jacksione, or boycott Olive Garden? "Fagettaboutit." Italians could...

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DATA SNAP: Italy Oct Final CPI +2.1% On Yr; At 13-Month High (The Forex Market)

ROME (Dow Jones)--The Italian consumer price index touched a thirteen-month high in October, rising 2.1% on the year, as food and energy prices continued to lift the index, final data from national statistics institute Istat showed Wednesday.

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Try these recipes for your Thanksgiving meal (Asheville Citizen-Times)

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Perfect your pasta with 6 Jamie Oliver recipes (MSNBC)

The toasty English muffin shares his fuss-free ravioli and lasagna recipes adapted from his new book, Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook. Learn how to make delicious dishes like caramelle with ricotta, oozy-egg ravioli and an open stained-glass lasagna with roasted squash.

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Tarralucci a luscious Italian cookie (Macon Telegraph)

QUESTION: My mother used to make a cookie she called tarralucci. They were light and fluffy and melted in my mouth. They were made with eggs whites and vanilla and were tied into a tiny knot and coated with a thin glaze. She passed away very suddenly many years ago and I never got the recipe.

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Author shares recipes for a Southern Thanksgiving (Savannah Morning News)

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Simple stuffing often best (The Salinas Californian)

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Respectful chef appreciates fresh ingredients (The Record)

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Food for thought (The Post and Courier)

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Italian PM: Oil price driven up by speculation (People's Daily)

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School food firm gets A for apples (The Providence Journal)

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A trip down east Passyunk (The Temple News)

Family, friends and fun - it's a simple but perfect summary of East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia. Part old-school Italian neighborhood, part up-and-coming Philly hotspot, Passyunk is a tight-knit community that offers something for everyone.

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Family fortunes (The Age)

Inspired by a trip to Perugia, these recipes are a twist on traditional Italian dishes.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

FOOD BRIEFS (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

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Maine shop effervescent about cheeses (Boston Globe)

SCARBOROUGH, Maine - Almost everything about The Cheese Iron feels warm and inviting on a crisp fall day. Here in this cheese and specialty food store, lots of little golden lights shine on raw pine walls, and tables are attractively arrayed with bags of violet Italian candies, baskets of parsnips and pears from a nearby farm, squares of fig cake, ...

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Pizza parlor provides food for pet shelter (The Star)

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Couple loves Italian food (News Leader)

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Marshall's diversity on display at Community International Day (Marshall Democrat-News)

Food from China and Italy. Dances from Africa and Latin America. Songs from American gospel to Italian opera to a message of hope from troubled Zimbabwe.

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Cameron Mitchell: Trying some new recipes (The Columbus Dispatch)

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A little truffle costs a lot but goes a long way (The Record)

It begins with a hunt. Dogs and pigs roaming the French and Italian countryside, their noses and snouts trained to sniff truffles from the ground. They look like dirt and smell like heaven. Pound for pound, they cost more than silver.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Jails kitchen passes with frying colors (The Carrollton Leader)

Its cheaper than Olive Garden and more sanitary than Wendys, according to recent health inspections. And, it serves French fries and Italian food in the same meal.

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Simply Italian (Louisville Courier-Journal)

When it comes to unexpected delights, Tuscany Italian Restaurant ranks pretty high on my list. Tuscany has all the buzzy warmth of a family-run operation (I am told that there is one other branch, out of state, but that it, too, is run by the family).

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Italian musician uncovers hidden music in Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' (Sports Illustrated)

It's a new Da Vinci code, but this time it could be for real.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Artisan Italian sausage for everyone (Park Record)

If anyone knows anything about Italian food, it doesn't get better than authentic Italian sausage from a perfected 400-year-old handcrafted by a man

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Italian musician uncovers hidden music in Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' (CNN.com)

ROME, Italy (AP) -- It's a new Da Vinci code, but this time it could be for real.

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Italian musician uncovers hidden music in Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' (Southeast Missourian)

ROME -- It's a new Da Vinci code, but this time it could be for real. An Italian musician and computer technician claims to have uncovered musical notes encoded in Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper,"...

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Food defines families in many ways (Stamford Advocate)

Picture the scene: It's Sunday afternoon at the Greenwich home of Elia and Carmine Zarra, and their two daughters, their husbands and children are gathered around piles of Nonny's homemade Italian food.

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Italian finds musical code in Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' (Provo Daily Herald)

ROME -- It's a new Da Vinci code, but this time it could be for real. An Italian musician and computer technician claims to have uncovered musical notes encoded in Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper," raising the possibility that the Renaissance genius might have left behind a somber composition to accompany the scene depicted in the 15th-century wall painting. "It sounds like a requiem," Giovanni ...

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Italian musician sees music hidden in Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' (Seattle Times)

It's a new Da Vinci code, but this time it could be for real. An Italian musician and computer technician claims to have uncovered musical...

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Recipes for life Food defines families in many ways (Greenwich Time)

Picture the scene: It's Sunday afternoon at the Greenwich home of Elia and Carmine Zarra, and their two daughters, their husbands and children are gathered around piles of Nonny's homemade Italian food.

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Magnifico! (Sun Star)

ASK a thousand Italians to cook lasagna and youll end up with a thousand different versions, says Rico Matta, a transplanted Italian and proprietor of Ricos la Trattoria, an Italian restaurant located in the Century Plaza complex along Juana Osmea St. He goes on to clarify that though Italian food has its basic recipes, most Italians have their own ideas of how each dish or sauce should ...

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Claudia Zapata: Herb garden grows rich in possibilities (San Antonio Express-News)

Add healthy flavor to your recipes with homegrown herbs.

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NewsChannel 9's Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (WTVC Chattanooga)

The Thanksgiving holiday is approaching and we all know that beside "giving thanks," Thanksgiving is all about FOOD! We thought that some of you might enjoy some of NewsChannel 9's Thanksgiving Favorites.

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Friday, November 9, 2007

Italian man robbed in Hong Kong after night with woman; police investigate whether drugged (AP via Yahoo! Singapore News)

Police were investigating on Thursday whether an Italian man was drugged and robbed in his Hong Kong hotel room by a woman he had just met.

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One of America's Great Student Newspapers (The Pitt News)

Voted the best for Italian Food, Joe Mama's, located in the heart of Oakland, offers a hip and casual dining experience for both normal hours and those half-priced, late-night study breaks.

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Food notes: Asiago's to hold grand reopening (The Idaho Statesman)

Fans of the original Asiago's on Cole Road were bummed when the Italian restaurant closed its doors in July, but the consolation is a bigger and better Asiago's Downtown.

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Church's fall festival brings food, fun (The News-Press)

The aroma of grilling pork ribs, chicken quesadillas, Italian sausage and funnel cakes filled St. Raphael's Catholic Church's fall festival Thursday.

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Gelato bar scoops Italian flavor onto party scene (The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles)

In the small Italian village of Panicale, L.A. native Gail Silverton said she was drawn to the piazza, the warm, welcoming town center where citizens of all ages gathered at gelaterias to enjoy a dish of stracciatella (vanilla with chocolate shavings), a hazelnut gelato cone, or even a raspberry sorbetto.

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Luca's: A blend of tradition, innovation (Hunterdon County Democrat)

RARITAN TWP. -- Luca's Ristorante has succeeded in translating time-honored family recipes into a contemporary dining experience. The restaurant at 319 Walter Foran Blvd. is celebrating its second anniversary.

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Gelato bar scoops Italian flavor onto party scene (The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles)

In the small Italian village of Panicale, L.A. native Gail Silverton said she was drawn to the piazza, the warm, welcoming town center where citizens of all ages gathered at gelaterias to enjoy a dish of stracciatella (vanilla with chocolate shavings), a hazelnut gelato cone, or even a raspberry sorbetto.

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Meet an Italian cooking maven (The Desert Sun)

She's been called the doyenne of Italian-American cuisine. And rightly so.

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American Italian Pasta Co. taps Jack Kelly to become CEO (Jefferson City News Tribune)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - American Italian Pasta Co. said Tuesday it has hired Jack Kelly, a 30-year food industry veteran, to eventually take over as president and chief executive officer.

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Alice Waters in town to tout `Simple Food' (Miami Herald)

Alice Waters, the pioneering California restaurateur who is considered the mother of New American cuisine, discusses her latest cookbook, The Art of Simple Food (Clarkson Potter, $35), at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408.

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A writer finds poetry in Italian cooking (Miami Herald)

Nina Romano's Sicilian mother taught her to cook and instilled in her a love of storytelling -- influences that come together in evocative poems filled with luscious descriptions of food, wine and memories.

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Tarralucci a luscious Italian cookie (Miami Herald)

Q: My mother used to make a cookie she called tarralucci. They were light and fluffy and melted in my mouth. They were made with eggs whites and vanilla and were tied into a tiny knot and coated with a thin glaze. She passed away very suddenly many years ago and I never got the recipe.

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A writer finds poetry in Italian cooking (Miami Herald)

Nina Romano's Sicilian mother taught her to cook and instilled in her a love of storytelling -- influences that come together in evocative poems filled with luscious descriptions of food, wine and memories.

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Recipes: Fennel and sausage bread pudding (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)

FENNEL AND SAUSAGE BREAD PUDDING Serves 6 to 8. 2 tbsp. butter, plus more for buttering the pan 3 c. whole milk 1/2tsp. fennel seed 1/8tsp. freshly ground black pepper 3 links mild Italian sausage (about 15 to 18 oz. total) 2 tbsp. olive oil 2 large fennel bulbs, trimmed, cored and thinly sliced crosswise (about 4 c.) 1 tbsp. minced shallots 1/2tsp. kosher salt 5 eggs 8 c. ...

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'1080 Recipes' wears pumps, not stilettos (Miami Herald)

Maybe it was the sunflower oil. I was trying to figure out why I couldn't get my arms around Simone and Ins Ortega's 1080 Recipes (Phaidon, $39.95), a 975-page English version of a classic Spanish cookbook.

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Recipes: Ultimate Italian Squash (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)

Serves 6. 3 medium-size acorn squash, split in half and seeded 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 6 tbsp. unsalted butter 6 tbsp. light brown sugar Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 lb. bulk Italian sausage 1 (26-oz.) jar marinara sauce 5 to 7 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese 1/4c. chopped fresh basil Directions Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place the squash halves, open ...

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Mamas Italian Marinara Sauce Recipe


MARINARA SAUCE

6 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
1-2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. oregano


Heat butter in pan at medium to medium-high and brown garlic. Add tomato sauce, oregano, and cook until just starts to boil and lower heat to low, simmer 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, boil your choice of pasta,( Mama calls all pasta macaroni) drain and serve with sauce!

Yep simple but sooo good!
Tip...the longer the sauce cooks the better the flavor!!! A great one to start a day ahead of time.

American Italian Pasta taps Jack Kelly as CEO (KFDA-TV Amarillo)

Associated Press - November 6, 2007 6:24 PM ET KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - American Italian Pasta says it's hiring Jack Kelly to eventually take over as president and chief executive...

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American Italian Pasta Co. taps Jack Kelly to become CEO (The Kansas City Star)

American Italian Pasta Co. has hired Jack Kelly, a 30-year food industry veteran, to eventually take over as president and chief executive officer.

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Food company names new chief (The State)

American Italian Pasta Co., which has a 180-employee plant in Columbia, has hired a veteran food industry executive to lead a company that has been in hot water for the past two years. Jack Kelly, 55, was named chief operating officer Tuesday of the nations largest pasta producer. He will become American Italian Pastas new president and chief executive after the Kansas City-based company files ...

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Food Network Star Expecting Baby Girl (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

Giada De Laurentiis may have to put her weekend getaways on hold. The star of Food Network's "Everyday Italian" and "Giada's Weekend Getaways" says she is expecting her first child, a baby girl, in April.

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American Italian Pasta Company Hires Food Industry Veteran Jack Kelly (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

American Italian Pasta Company , the largest producer of dry pasta in North America, announced that Jack Kelly, a 30-plus-year food industry executive who has led several private companies including San Antonio Farms and Fiorucci Foods and held senior positions at Haagen-Dazs and Kraft Foods, has been named chief operating officer, effective today.

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American Italian Pasta hires 30-year veteran of food industry as CEO (The Kansas City Star)

Fifteen months after starting a search for a permanent chief executive officer, Kansas City-based American Italian Pasta Co. said Tuesday it has found its man.

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New CEO for American Italian Pasta (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

American Italian Pasta Co. said Tuesday it has hired Jack Kelly, a 30-year food industry veteran, to eventually take over as president and chief executive officer.

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Holiday Cuisine | 2007 (Seattle Times)

There's a profusion of products to assist in preparing the Thanksgiving feast. Some are kitchen staples, others worth a splurge. Here's a guide to help you decide. Plus, don't miss our annual collection of holiday recipes from main dishes to desserts and tips for culinary success.

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Classic fare can be easy, tasty (The Post and Courier)

Sometimes, the best places to find quick dinner ideas are the classic recipes. Take piccata, for example. Piccata is classically served using veal, but it is simply a lightly seasoned thin piece of meat that is quickly pan-fried (or sauteed) and served with a simple sauce ...

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Jaynis Kitchen to give lesson in Italian cooking (Lawrence Journal-World)

Join Jaynis Kitchen this week for A Lesson in Italian Cooking. Host Jayni Carey and her guest, Chef Andrea Sposini, will prepare the following recipes: Pickled Vegetables, Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Double Butter Sauce and Pears Poached in Red Wine with Butternut Squash Foam.

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AJ Peppers to rely on family recipes (Tribune Chronicle)

NILES The building at 5125 Youngstown-Warren Road in Niles has seen many restaurants come and go over the years. The owners of newly opened ...

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DESPERATION DINNERS ALICIA ROSS, WITH BEVERLY MILLS Pork piccata dish tastes like classic (The Myrtle Beach Sun News)

Sometimes, the best places to find quick dinner ideas are the classic recipes. Take piccata, for example. Piccata is classically served using veal, but it is simply a lightly seasoned thin piece of meat that is quickly pan-fried (or sauteed) and served with a simple sauce made from the pan drippings with lemon juice and parsley. It is elegant and yet so easy. Today's recipe features pork ...

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AJ Peppers to rely on family recipes (Tribune Chronicle)

NILES The building at 5125 Youngstown-Warren Road in Niles has seen many restaurants come and go over the years. The owners of newly opened AJ Peppers believe they have the recipe for success, thanks to long-held family dishes.

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Cuisine: Big recipes from the smallest state (Marco Eagle)

During four magical days in late September, I attended an Elderhostel to explore the food and wines of Rhode Island. The weather was spectacular, flowers bloomed everywhere, the guides were knowledgeable and the natives friendly. My beloved Red Sox even won three straight games during my stay.

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Senior Fair 'Couples Cooking' recipes (The Daily Sentinel)

Here are the recipes from the Senior Fairs Couples Cooking featuring new and old favorite holiday dishes.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Mamas EGGPLANT PARMIGIANA Recipe

EGGPLANT PARMIGIANA
2 Eggplants - cut into 1/4−inch rounds (Do Not Peel)
2 Eggs - lightly beaten
1−3/4 Cup Bread crumbs – Italian bread crumbs are great here
1 Garlic clove minced
3/4 Cup Olive oil
20 Ounce Tomatoes, canned
1/3 Cup Tomato paste
2 Tablespoon Minced basil
1 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 Pound Mozzarella cheese; thinly sliced
Salt & Pepper to taste

Dip eggplant slices in eggs, then in bread crumbs seasoned with salt and
pepper. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
Saute’ garlic.
Remove garlic from pan and add tomatoes, tomato
paste, basil, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to350F.
Brown eggplant in 1/4−inch oil in a large skillet. Drain on paper
towels. Put a thin layer of sauce into a baking dish and layer
eggplant, sauce, parmesan and mozzarella, alternately.
Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

This is an incredible Italian dish!

Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis expecting her first child (Reality TV World)

Giada De Laurentiis apparently has something in the oven, and it's not one of her signature Italian dishes.

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Gentium Changes Drug Study Protocol (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

Italian biopharmaceutical company Gentium SpA said Monday it plans to change the protocol of its ongoing late-stage trial of cancer drug Defibrotide, following recent discussions with the Food and Drug Adminstration.

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Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis says she is expecting a baby girl (Jam! Showbiz)

LOS ANGELES - Giada De Laurentiis, the TV cooking star of the Food Network's "Everyday Italian" and "Giada's Weekend Getaways," said Monday that she is expecting a baby girl with her clothing-designer husband, Todd Thompson.

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Restaurant Review: Giambotta in Cedar Grove, New Jersey (Blogcritics.org)

My lunch was one of the best Italian meals Ive enjoyed in a long time. It's hard to find a really good Italian restaurant in New Jersey. No, really. I know the area is well known for having an abundance of Italian eateries that cater to every taste, but as everyone serves Chicken Parmesan and Penne a la Vodka, finding one whose food is truly noteworthy is rare, which is why Giambotta in Cedar ...

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Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis pregnant (The Charlotte Observer)

"Everyday Italian" host Giada De Laurentiis has a bun in the oven. The Food Network star shared on the "Today" show that she recently discovered she was with child. "When I found out I was pregnant I was in complete shock," she admitted on the Monday, Nov. 5 show. "I truly didn't believe it. I honestly thought, 'there has got to be a mistake.'" The 37-year-old, who is due in April, described her ...

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Giada De Laurentiis Has a Bun in the Oven! (Extra TV)

Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis announced today that shes cooking up a baby with husband Todd Thompson. The Everyday Italian chef told the Today show, When I found out I was pregnant I was in complete shock. I truly didn't believe it. I honestly thought, 'There has got to be a mistake.'

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Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis Pregnant (Zap2It)

Baby is due in April "Everyday Italian" host Giada De Laurentiis has a bun in the oven.

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DINING GUIDE (St. Petersburg Times)

Cafe Idiot Great Russian and vegetarian food served all day. Jazz, cappuccino, fresh juice, specialty teas. Happy hour from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Weekend brunch. Used English-language books and magazines, plus an art gallery. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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Warm Traditions From the Big Easy (Williamson Daily News)

(Family Features) - Guests will think you're hiding a chef in the kitchen when they dig into this menu. You'll be surprised how quickly you can prepare these recipes - the key is to get all your ingredients organized and ready to use before you start.

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Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis expecting her first child (Reality TV World)

Giada De Laurentiis apparently has something in the oven, and it's not one of her signature Italian dishes.

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Spice up fall with Nigella's mustard pork chops (MSNBC)

Need some new hearty and tasty dishes? Nigella Lawson shares her delicious fall recipes, including butternut squash and sweet potato soup and caramel croissant pudding.

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Mamas Italian Marinara Sauce Recipe


MARINARA SAUCE

6 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
1-2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. oregano


Heat butter in pan at medium to medium-high and brown garlic. Add tomato sauce, oregano, and cook until just starts to boil and lower heat to low, simmer 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, boil your choice of pasta,( Mama calls all pasta macaroni) drain and serve with sauce!

Yep simple but sooo good!
Tip...the longer the sauce cooks the better the flavor!!! A great one to start a day ahead of time.

Chianti Italian restaurant opens in La Crosse (River Valley Business Report)

Chef and owner Jay Leisso has opened Chianti, which he describes as an authentic Italian restaurant, in the former Casablanca restaurant location at 600 N. Third St. in the Times Square office complex.

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Italian delight (The Malay Mail--The Paper that Cares)

In case you only thought that Italian food only consists of pasta and pizza, Sassorosso will be a nice surprise that gives you a real taste of the various regions of Italy.

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Med. Diet at Italian Chains? Fuhgedaboudit! (ABC News)

A consumer organization reveals Italian food chains miss the healthy mark.

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When In Rome . . . (Seattle Times)

I blame my grandfather, Leonildo Tazioli, for my love of sitting. For savoring every morsel of food, for craving every drop of wine, for carrying a thought...

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Food-and-wine event to benefit hospital (The Star-Ledger)

ORANGE: Enjoy dishes from the area's best chefs at A Tasteful Experience, an evening of sensational food and wine to benefit Clara Maass Medical Center, tomorrow at Pleasantdale Chateau. The VIP Experience begins at 6 p.m., followed by the main event at 7 p.m.

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Humberto Macas and Angel Medina (Isthmus)

WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Chef Medina's beautifully plated nueva cocina mexicana is a must for any bona fide Mad City foodie.

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100 ways to use The Enterprise (The Davis Enterprise)

Published Nov 17, 2006 - 16:16:15 CST. 1. Begin a vocabulary list of science words found in The Enterprise. Record the spelling, meaning and the use of each word.

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Food-and-wine event to benefit hospital (The Star-Ledger)

ORANGE: Enjoy dishes from the area's best chefs at A Tasteful Experience, an evening of sensational food and wine to benefit Clara Maass Medical Center, tomorrow at Pleasantdale Chateau. The VIP Experience begins at 6 p.m., followed by the main event at 7 p.m.

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Alas, there's no end (Mobridge Tribune)

When one's work is to cook all day at a drive in, then to return home and have to cook for a family, it can get a bit overwhelming. No so for Crystal Makes Him First of Mobridge.

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

MACARONI GRILL PENNE RUSTICA

Here is a recipe that doesn't belong to Mama but sure is good!
MACARONI GRILL PENNE RUSTICA
Saute butter, garlic , and rosemary until garlic begins to brown.
Add marsala wine and reduce by one−third. Add remaining ingredients
and reduce by half of original volume. Set aside:|Penne Rustica:
1 Ounce pancetta or bacon
18 each shrimp peeled and devained
12 Ounce grilled chicken breast, sliced
4.5 cups of granita sauce
48 Ounce Penne Pasta, precooked
3 Teaspoon pimentos
6 Ounce butter
1 Teaspoon chopped shallots
1 pinch of salt and pepper
1 cups parmesan cheese
1/2 Teaspoon paprika
6 sprigs of fresh rosemary

Saute pancette until begins to brown. Add butter, shallots, and shrimp. Cook
until shrimp are evenly pick but still translucent. Add chicken, salt,
pepper, and mix thoroughly. Add granita sauce and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
and simmer until sauce thickens. In a large bowl, combine shrimp and chicken
mixture with precooked pasta. Place this mixture into single serving dishes
or one large casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese and pimentos and
sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 475 for 10−15 minutes.
Remove and garnish
with fresh rosemary sprig. Serves six.

Stepping Out (Student Life)

If you're looking to find good food in a loud and wacky environment, check out Anthonino's Taverna, an Italian and Greek restaurant on the Hill. With service that is fast and courteous, large portion sizes and reasonable prices, you won't be upset that you landed there.

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Taormina is mighty addition to city's Italian lineup (Honolulu Advertiser)

When a restaurant shouts "We have traditional Sicilian food!" I don't expect the spaghetti Bolognese to taste like my Mom's sweet, hamburger-packed, liquidy version. She's a sansei from Manoa and has never been to Palermo (or Bologna). But that's what the one-month-old Taormina's Bolognese tastes like and hey, I slurped it up because I love Mom's s'ghetti.

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Eggs a nearly perfect food (Stoney Creek News)

In stressful times, trivia eases the tension, and surely the chicken-or-egg debate (a timeless gem) qualifies. If you ask a food historian your which-came-first question, you'll likely get a serious answer.

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Bring your appetite (Florida Today)

Staples such as funnel cakes, candy apples, cotton candy, corn dogs, burgers, fries, jumbo smoked turkey legs and popcorn were available at the Space Coast State Fair, of course. And who can pass up the good old fair staple of Italian and Polish sausage with sauteed onions and peppers?

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Chef spices up lesson (Bradenton Herald)

Chef Paul Prudhomme's days in the kitchen began in training with his mother on a Louisiana farm.

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NBC Sunday Night Football: Gametime Recipes (NBC 2 Fort Myers)

In an effort to get you ready for Sunday Night's big NFC East match-up between the first place Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles, NBC is suggesting a few favorite recipes from each city that you can enjoy during the game.

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Cooks' Exchange: Fishing for memorable recipes (Wisconsin State Journal)

Not being an ice fisherman, but one whose fishing in warm weather has once again ended for another year, I reflect on what could have, should have, would have happened if everything had worked as expected on any given day since May when the season began. My interest dates back to my childhood years when my father taught me how to thread a worm on a number 6 hook to catch all the blue gills ...

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Stage preview/East: 'Over the River' celebrates ties that bind, and urge to slip them (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Just as you don't have to be Italian to enjoy Italian food, director Chuck Penick said audiences don't have to be from an Italian family to enjoy "Over the River and Through the Woods." ...

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After Italian feast, astronaut skips spaghetti (IANS via Yahoo! India News)

Washington, Nov 2 (DPA) When Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli shot into orbit aboard Space Shuttle Discovery last week, he took along all the food he'd need for the two-week journey.

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Best Bites for Less: Il Melograno is family fare, Italian style (New York Daily News)

Il Melograno is family-run, with family-style cooking and family-warm service. It's not quite the cozy neighborhood trattoria of your dreams. But it's close.

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Food, service golden at Goldies (Naples Daily News)

Its noon and an enormous lunch crowd emerges from the many businesses off Pine Ridge Road, hungry for good food at a good price and headed straight to Goldies. Nestled in the middle of the industrial section off Pine Ridge, Goldies has always drawn the working class for breakfast and lunch, according to owner Ciro Amato, but its the comfortable atmosphere that brings his customers back.

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Compleat Home Gardener: Villas, vistas and Italian inspiration (The Daily News)

As I "laptop" this column, we are flying above the Italian Alps and their snowy peaks are jutting from a sea of clouds. I am grateful for the extra day we have just enjoyed in Italy. Our original flight home was overbooked and Delta airlines begged for any volunteers with "flexible schedules" that could stay one more day in Italy. "Flexible" was the word that caught all of our attention.

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Department of Fisheries - Sicilian Region conducts seminar at Sea Food Expo 2007 (AME Info)

The Department of Fisheries, Sicilian Region conducted a seminar and workshop targeted at potential buyers and partners at the sidelines of Sea Food Expo 2007 held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai in an effort to highlight the various high-quality Italian seafood and olive oil products.

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Good food and ambience draw the crowd (The Star--The People's Paper)

The Tagline Quality Food @ Reasonable Prices to offer good food, with consistent and authentic ingredients, at good value is the secret to Pizza Unos success for the past 10 years.

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FEEDER'S DIGEST (The Tampa Tribune)

ITALIAN ALFANO'S, 1702 Clearwater-Largo Road, Clearwater; (727) 584-2125. Owned and operated by the the Alfano family since 1984, this restaurant offers a bit of European flair along the bustle of Clearwater-Largo Road. Dining rooms are quiet and posh - modeled after the grand hotel lobbies of Italy - and servers work each table with crisp efficiency. Pasta dishes are a must, such as a simple ...

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Chef Hazans quick and easy shrimp recipes (MSNBC)

Are you too busy for dinner? Do you eat on the go? Try these three simple dishes from chef Giuliano Hazan's Every Night Italian. From shrimp with beans to shrimp withlinguine to shrimp with red and yellow peppers, they will make you want to stop, sit down and enjoy every bite!

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Luigis uses recipe for success (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter)

TWO RIVERS Sara Gallina welcomes the entry of another Luigis Italian Restaurant in the Lakeshore area.

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Eat This! (Las Vegas CityLife)

Um, the gym will totally still be there after you finish that crme brle. 1501 W. Sahara Ave., 214-4000. The restaurant in hipster hangout the Artisan Hotel offers primarily Italian choices served in a dining room that's just as cool as the rest of the building.

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Putting A Fat Substitute To The Test (The Tampa Tribune)

It sounded perfect: a fat substitute for home cooks. My husband showed me the article in Consumer Reports, and I was very interested. The product, called Z Trim, has no calories, no fat and no cholesterol, and it takes the place in recipes of oil, butter and, in some cases, eggs.

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Asus Pitches Eee PC at Desperate Housewives (PC Magazine via Yahoo! News)

Since the new line of Asus Eee PC laptops are designed for children and stay-at-home moms, the company chose the perfect location for its launch party on Thursday: The Stanford Shopping Center.

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Earnings: Companies report their results (International Herald Tribune)

Kraft Foods, the world's second-largest food company after Nestl, said Wednesday that quarterly profit fell 20 percent as record prices for wheat and milk raised the cost of making products like Cracker Barrel cheeses and Honey Bunches of Oats cereal.

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Old island restaurant gets new building (Galveston County Daily News)

Double take: An old island restaurant has a new home. Marios Ristorante, one of the islands oldest and most popular purveyors of pizza and other Italian food, opened a new 10,000-square-foot restaurant Monday. The new eatery is directly behind the old one at 2202 61st St.

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Italian in Need (Tucson Weekly)

The food needs some serious work at the pleasantly decorated Pizazz! Bistro

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FOOD & DRINK (Style Weekly)

The citys pizza is in the family, food enclaves and more. by Deveron Timberlake

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FOOD BRIEFS (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

BESH ONE OF REMAINING THREE: Last Sunday, Aaron Sanchez (of Centrico and Paladar in New York) was eliminated from "The Next Iron Chef," the Food Network reality series that concludes Nov. 14. Local guy John Besh gave the judges an extra course in the meal the jet-lagged chefs had to prepare for first-class service on Lufthansa Airlines, but the test was won by chef Michael Symon of Cleveland, ...

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