Taralli dolci, or “Nana’s Cookies”

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Taralli dolci

This is a recipe near and dear to my heart. It was one of Angelina’s signature dishes. When I was a kid, our family called these “Nana’s Cookies”, and I really thought that only my nana made them. Well, just as I found out that the honey balls Angelina made … Read More

Crocchette di patate (Potato Croquettes)

Frankantipasti, Campania, contorno, primi piatti, snack32 Comments

Croquette di patate (Potato Croquettes)

Crocchette di palate, or potato croquettes, are wonderfully versatile. They are probably most often served as an antipasto, but they can also do fine service as a lovely contorno, especially with fried meat or fish dish, or as part of a fritto misto, or as a first course instead of pasta, … Read More

Farinata genovese (Genovese Chickpea Flatbread)

Frankantipasti, Liguria, snack29 Comments

Chickpea Flatbread

One of the iconic dishes of Ligurian cuisine, just as typical of the region as pesto, the chickpea flatbread known as la farina genovese deserves to be better known. It has a wonderful, mildly nutty flavor that marries well with just about anything you want to serve it with, but it is perfectly delicious … Read More

Mozzarella in carrozza (Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches)

Frankantipasti, Campania, piatti unici, snack26 Comments

Mozzarella in carrozza

Don’t know about you, but I love cheese. Just about any kind. In our house we tend to eat more cheese during the cool winter months, but the arrival of warm weather doesn’t mean we give up cheese altogether. Far from it. Rather, aged cheese tends to give way to … Read More

Uova sode in salsa verde (Hard Boiled Eggs in ‘Green Sauce’)

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Uova sode in salsa verde (Eggs in Green Sauce)

Salsa verde, literally ‘green sauce‘, is a quick, parsley-based raw condiment, intensely flavored with garlic, anchovies, capers, a dash of vinegar and, if you like, a pinch of hot red pepper, all bathed in fruity olive oil. It  is a culinary cousin to other such sauces like the Sicilian salmoriglio … Read More

Pizza rustica (Easter Cheese and Salumi Pie)

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Pizza rustica

Pasquetta, or ‘Little Easter’, known in English as Easter Monday, is a holiday in Italy and much of Europe. Folks traditionally take to the roads to drive out to the countryside and enjoy a fresh air picnic. In Campania and elsewhere, one favorite item in the Pasquetta picnic basket is the … Read More

Pizza di scarola (Escarole Pie)

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Pizza di scarola (Escarole Pie)

The word pizza in Italian has a broader meaning than it does in English. Besides the savory disk we all know and love, it also refers to both savory and sweet confections that we would likely call ‘pies’ in English, including Angelina’s pizza dolce, which doesn’t even have a crust. Then … Read More

Torta di mele (Apple Torte)

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Torta di mele (Apple Torte)

 Torta di mele a homely version of an apple torte that could hardly be easier. And believe me, if a non-baker like myself can make this with no trouble at all, you will, too. You just make a simple batter in your trusty mixer, fold in apple slices, pour everything … Read More