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The intimate relationship between food, family and culture is what makes a meal nourish the body and nurture the soul. That is why she is so enthusiastic about this project. It is recognition that the favorite family recipe is much more than a road map to delicious food; it is a gateway (connection) to the […]

Baron’s Hot Sauce

Hot Sauce with a Story I walked through, Nunzio’s, “The Baron”, Capizzi’s barber shop door.  The family called me and asked if I wanted to get his recipe today?  “Baron is getting back surgery this week”, his daughter Annette told me.   Back surgery at 93! Why, I asked.   Annette answered with, “he wants […]

Pizza Rustica

rustica(2) rustica(2) Pizza Rustica Ingredient 2 pounds Italian sausage casing removed 2 pounds ricotta cheese 1 pound mozzarella cheese diced 5 eggs 3 tablespoons parsley chopped 1/4 pound ham chopped 1/4 pound prosciutto chopped 1/4 cup Romano cheese grated 1 – 2 crust pastry Notes 1.Preheat oven to 400 2.Prepare pastry and line a 10 […]

Thachmo’s “Big Poppy”

POPPY SEED BREAD I have been making this bread for years.   Every year I give it to all my friends.   I am sharing it with you , that doesn’t mean you won’t see me at Christmas with one of my many loaves of bread.  Enjoy. BAKE FOR 1 HOUR @ 350 DEGREES   […]

Wine has a rich history dating back thousands of years, with the earliest known production occurring around 6000 BC in Georgia.[2][3][4] It first appeared in the Balkansabout 4500 BC and was very common in ancient Greece, Thrace and Rome. Wine has also played an important role in religion throughout history. The Greek god Dionysusand the Roman equivalent, Bacchus, represented wine. The drink is also used in Christian Eucharist ceremonies and the Jewish Kiddush.   The […]

Seeking the Secrets of Nochebuena

It’s a holiday tradition that goes back more than 500 years: Gathering the family together on Nochebuena — “Good Night’’ in Spanish — and pigging out. For years, I have been asking for all the recipes that go along with this feast from my family. From beginning to end, beginning with the milky rum drink […]

Bolognese alla Nonna

This recipe originated in Lucca, Italy.When I inherited, my Nonnies’ “Red Book”, her personal cook book, I realized my Italian wasn’t as good as I thought. I not only missed my grandmother, I couldn’t read her notes that hid the secrets to the dishes she raised me on. This recipe has traveled with my grandmother from […]