Category Archives: Pasta, Rice and Grains

Spaghetti con pesce spada e pistacchi – Swordfish Spaghetti with Pistachio

For seafood lovers like ourselves, our recent trip to Sicily was culinary nirvana.  At Bed & Breakfast Mammaliturchi we feasted on one amazing meal after another, each authentically with passione and orgoglio by hosts Cico and Lola. We devoured: Spaghetti … Continue reading

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Pasta alla norma

We’ve been trip planning. This July we will return to Italy, stopping in Rome to visit family and then proceeding on to Sicily. The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily has been at the crossroads of Western civilization for … Continue reading

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Gnocchi al sugo di fagiano

We are, undisputedly, children of the ’80s.  3 decades ago, here in the States Cara wore leg warmers, jelly bracelets and Swatch watches, while a continent away in Rome Stefano sported Levi 501 jeans, Doc Martins, and a pried Charro … Continue reading

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Risotto alla zucca (butternut squash risotto)

It’s that time of year again.  The leaves have turned to brilliant hues of red, orange and gold, and the succulent late summer vegetable harvest has given way to Minnesota’s own Honeycrisp apples and earth-toned, odd-shaped squash. Those of you … Continue reading

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Fettuccine ai funghi

Sometimes, on a whim, Stefano brings home flowers, or dark chocolate, or a great, musty-smelling French cheese.  His most recent find, however, was a triumphant one.  Morels.  Spugnole in Italian. These crinkly, cavernous, conical mushrooms emerge in spring and are … Continue reading

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Supplì al telefono

We’ve had this recipe and accompanying photos ready for a week now, but the time and more importantly the inspiration to write a post around them have been missing. It arrived last night in the form of an 11-month-old bundle … Continue reading

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Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino; and a variation on the theme

Spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino is an Italian classic.  When someone says, “Facciamo due spaghetti,” or in Roman dialect “Famose du’ spaghetti” more often than not he or she intends spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino – spaghetti cooked al dente … Continue reading

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